This workshop is based on the 'Networks Unplugged' material written by Mark Dorling and published with Computing At School (CAS). Networks Unplugged has been developed with the CS Unplugged pedagogy in mind; and therefore incorporates their activities.
Pupils will begin the day by participating in discussions to establish current knowledge surrounding networks and then follow on with unplugged activities to highlight the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet. Once key ideas about networks have been covered, pupils will move onto activities to establish more depth with:
- How data travels through a network
- Data Transfer Protocols
- Error Detection
- Packet Switching
- IP addresses
The workshop can be adapted and customised to suit the needs of the primary school. For example, greater focus can be placed in the second half of the day on how search engines work, and the use of effective search techniques as well as understanding page ranking.