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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 a continued exploration of the protocols that make the internet work as it does, such as ftp and smtp. The lesson will look at the attributes and structure of protocols and how they work in practise.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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, 38, 39

Key words LAN, WAN, ISP, Protocol, TCP/IP, http, https, ftp, smtp These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment identify protocols used in networks Evidence here will be the students showing a basic understanding of the main protocols used in daily internet use Explore different network protocols and look at where they are used and why
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Some questions and examples will get the students thinking about what the main differences are between these protocols and be aware of when they are used and what they do and don't do What part do standards play in the function of the internet?  How does information from 1 computer get to another computer on the other side of the world?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand and describe network protocols
  • To explain, with examples, the aspects of a FTP and SMTP
  • To understand how protocols work
  • To show an understanding of some of the strengths and weaknesses of protocols
  • To understand some of the power of open standards

Students should have a basic idea of the concept of a protocol and how important it is that these are based on open standards of communication.

How annoyed would they be if their smartphone did not work on the Internet as it used the wrong protocol!

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
  • an introduction to network protocols
  • a look at the main protocols, with examples
  • Students can break into groups and work on some more detailed aspects of FTP and SMTP
  • Class discussion and evaluation of the wider issues of protocols
  • Summarize the key points and reinforce the importance of standards

In this lesson we need to explore the main principles and equipment of networks and how these are used to solve local or more wide ranging needs.

The Warriors on the Net video is a useful introduction to protocols in action.
Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. investigate network protocols
  2. investigate in detail FTP and SMTP
  3. group work to work on some of their own views and examples
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

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Students don't need to know it in great detail, but it might be useful to explore the OSI model.  This will at least contextualise why protocols are there.

What other examples can they think where protocols would be important?

What impact has mail protocol like SMTP had on th wider world?

Homework Get students to blog about their use of email compared to traditional mail. Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding. Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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