Tag: hardware


Hands On Stuff

HandsOnStuff0At the end of last school year I asked my students for some feedback. One of the things that came through loudly was a desire for more hands on time. This was most acute in Year 8, where I had simply tried to sneak …

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Eyes Wide Shut v2

Eyes Wide Shut LogoThis is rewrite of a unit which I really loved running, but somehow never knew how to assess. I was so unhappy with the assessment that I actually stopped teaching it, despite really wanting to keep it running. The addition of the Self Assessment Guide

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4 Layer Model v2

Over the past 3 years I have been teaching a unit on Computer Systems, in which I used a simple 4 Layer Model to teach how computers work. I am currently planning for next year, and whilst I am running the same unit, it will be stripped down and more focused. The 4 Layer Model has moved to v2, with some tweaks based on how I have seen students use it in previous years:

4 Layer Model v2

Once the unit is done I will share the whole thing here, but I just wanted to get this model up on its own for students use.


Dvorak

DvorakI am writing this post on a Dvorak keyboard, and it is slow going. For most of my life, I, like most other people, have used a standard QWERTY keyboard. Despite knowing that this type of keyboard is not optimal for typing fast (many believe …

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Eyes Wide Shut

The idea for this unit, which I think is my most adventurous yet, came to me first thing one morning whilst I was lying in bed desperately trying not to think about work. In the unit, students work in teams to combine hardware and software in the production of a system which allows them to remotely guide a blindfolded peer. Beyond the ICT aims, it provides students with an understanding of the world as experienced by the visually impaired, as well as the ways in which ICT can be used to augment and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Computer Systems

This unit is my first attempt to introduce students to computer systems in a thorough, formal and organised manner, and it has proved both educational and enjoyable for both myself and (I believe) my students. It uses a very simple layered model (which I call …

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Assembler vs High Level Programming

This single lesson aims to introduce students to assembly programming in the context of the high level programming that students will be more familiar with.

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The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time

http://www.wired.com/gadgets/wireless/magazine/17-03/mf_netbooks?currentPage=all

Spurred on by the development of the OLPC project, ASUS created the EeePC, and in doing so created a whole new computing market: the Netbook. This development is interesting for many reasons, not least because it demonstrates the speed at which things can change …

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99 Ways to Make Your Computer Blazingly Fast

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/99-ways-to-make-your-computer-blazingly-fast

If you are running Windows XP and are looking to improve performance, this site provides a long list of possible approaches. Useful as much for starting discussions on how computers work as it is for its practical uses.…

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