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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

 
Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus This lesson is an introduction to binary patterns

Students should be able to understand some of the basic principles of binary and be introduced to the ways that it works.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words logic, statements, Boolean, conditional, binary These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment represent numbers using binary patterns

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations.

 
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Some questions about how to understand binary patterns and binary functions in a wider sense What function does binary play in computing?  How easy is it to understand?  What methods can you use to understand it and apply it?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand binary patterns
  • To explore and explain binary
  • To understand how and why binary is used in computing

Students need to show that they understand binary and can interpret when it is used and why

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • Class based introduction to binary
  • Groups working on examples and documenting their findings
  • Detailed look at methods of dealing with binary

 

Binary graphic

Who would have thought a 0 and a 1 could do so much?

There are some good activities on Computer Science Unplugged here.  This will introduce some of the main ideas to get students thinking more.

X code logo This site has an interface to let you translate different elements into their binary equivalent.  

The BBC also has some good working examples and graphics to explain binary clearly.  This game is also quite useful from Cisco.

What is the student's name in binary?

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. introduction to binary
  2. practical with students finding examples about binary to test their understanding
  3. groups work on testing binary examples
  4. check they understand the ideas behind the application of binary
  5. write-up ideas
  6. intro to next session

Data stream graphic

Students can be introduced to binary and then work with some examples to make sure that they understand some of the basic patterns where binary is used.  They can watch Warriors on the Net again to show how it ties together with computers and the Internet.  True and false millions of times a second.

Homework Students can write an example of their understanding of binary or complete writing their name in binary format. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Students can continue to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment

 

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