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Designing Programs with Pseudocode

Designing Programs with Pseudocode

Computational Thinking Skills

Using the analogy problem of washing dirty dishes, this video explores the IPO model and pseudocode as tools to guide computational thinking. Students of lower secondary digital technologies will understand how using pseudocode can be an...Show More
How do Computers Think?

How do Computers Think?

Computational Thinking Skills

Introducing the concepts of abstraction, decomposition, algorithm design and pattern recognition, this video gets inside the ‘mind’ of a computer to understand why computational thinking this is a crucial first step to designing a successful...Show More
Designing Programs with Flowcharts

Designing Programs with Flowcharts

Computational Thinking Skills

Even the most experienced programmers use simple visual models and techniques to plan an effective algorithmic solution. In this video, students are introduced to the IPO model and flowcharts as two such methods to abstract unnecessary...Show More
Copyright: Creative Commons and Attribution

Copyright: Creative Commons and Attribution

Library Skills

A person’s intellectual property does not just refer to their ideas or words. It also means any images, music and videos that they have created. These types of works are protected online by a licence that tells us if and how we can use or...Show More
Avoiding Plagiarism: Bibliographies

Avoiding Plagiarism: Bibliographies

Library Skills

Most of us always try to abide by the law. But did you know that just by submitting a research report, you could be committing a crime? That is, if you have used the work or intellectual property of others without acknowledging it. Plagiarism is...Show More
Using the Catalogue

Using the Catalogue

Library Skills

Our school and local libraries have a wealth of information to help us research just about any topic we can think of. But where do you start? Understanding online library catalogues, classification systems and signage is a fundamental library...Show More
Online Databases

Online Databases

Library Skills

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we perform a search online. Often, we get millions of results, only a fraction of which will be appropriate for our research. Enter: databases, and using them is simpler than you might think. This programme...Show More
The Transformation of Transport

The Transformation of Transport

Miniclips

You wouldn’t catch a plane to get to school, nor would you ride your bicycle to get to your tropical island holiday! So what makes a mode of transport suitable? Why do we use certain modes for certain activities? And how has transport changed...Show More
The Transformation of Communication

The Transformation of Communication

Miniclips

The last century has seen communication change rapidly due to developments in technology. Today, we can connect to each other faster than ever before and share our ideas in the blink of an eye! This Miniclip looks at how communication has changed...Show More
Welcome to Faceschool

Welcome to Faceschool

"Welcome to Faceschool" follows thirteen-year-old Toby as he is introduced to a strange world of social media where its users are face-to-face but behave as if they were online. With the guidance of Navigator Milly, Toby meets many unusual...Show More
The Draftsman

The Draftsman

The Fixies

Tom breaks a piece in his dart gun, so he learns the importance of making an accurate technical drawing in order to get things right. Tom has to make his drawing a number of times until he gets it right, which teaches him not to give up,...Show More
The Airbag

The Airbag

The Fixies

Learn how airbags and other safety mechanisms in cars keep us safe from harm. The Professor makes an airbag that does not deflate and realises that there are problems with this. He does not give up, but instead considers how to make the airbag...Show More
Technology, Robotics and Machines

Technology, Robotics and Machines

This unit introduces technology, robotics and machines through Robokot and Elesapian, two entertaining characters who bring this topic to life. This unit introduces the history of technology and explains the fundamentals of robotics. By playing...Show More
How Computer Data Is Stored

How Computer Data Is Stored

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Files are stored on a hard drive and are different sizes. In this clip, cartoon dinosaurs are used to demonstrate the size of files. It begins with bits that are made up of 1s and 0s. Eight bits make a byte, 1000 bytes make a kilobyte, 1000...Show More
How to Make a Computer Game

How to Make a Computer Game

Bitesize Coding and Computing

There are many different elements that go into making a computer game: deciding on the type of game, designing the pictures, animating the characters and choosing what will happen. We learn about why it's important to make sure that the game gets...Show More
How to Break Down Problems

How to Break Down Problems

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Decomposition is the process of breaking down a problem into smaller parts. Mr Moose’s problem is that he is hungry, and students find out how he could break down and solve his problem.
How Search Works

How Search Works

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Discover how search engines work through the example of a bear searching for honey in the woods. A search engine uses web crawlers to find information and send back a copy of each page. Algorithms are used to find the best match, and then the...Show More
How Does the Internet Work?

How Does the Internet Work?

Bitesize Coding and Computing

How the Internet works is explained using the example of pigeons in their nests. All the pigeons, or computers, are connected together, and this is called a network. The rules of how the messages are sent are called protocols, and large messages...Show More
How Computers Have Changed

How Computers Have Changed

Bitesize Coding and Computing

This episode takes a brief journey through time, showing how computers have changed over the years. From the mechanical calculator invented by Charles Babbage and programmed by Ada Lovelace, to Alan Turing’s algorithms which are still used in...Show More
What Are Computer Bugs?

What Are Computer Bugs?

Bitesize Coding and Computing

This episode provides a basic explanation of what computer bugs are, describing them as mistakes in a computer program. A cartoon mouse and a robot demonstrate what computer bugs are. It also demonstrates the concept of bug-fixing in a simple and...Show More
Using Computers at Work

Using Computers at Work

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Students will watch some examples of how computers are used day to day by ordinary people. They are used in shops, for taking photographs, in sport, for making music and films, to help us to learn, in aeroplanes and for going into space. What do...Show More
How to Write Complex Programs

How to Write Complex Programs

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Complex programming is introduced using an example of a kangaroo that needs to have a drink without being eaten by a crocodile. The kangaroo needed to check that the crocodile was not near the water before she had a drink and she needed more than...Show More
How to Make an Animation

How to Make an Animation

Bitesize Coding and Computing

This programme provides a basic introduction to animation, demonstrating how lots of pictures that are slightly different are put together to make it look as if a picture is moving. Pictures of a cat are shown in slightly different positions and...Show More
What Are Variables?

What Are Variables?

Bitesize Coding and Computing

Variables are introduced using the example of a squirrel who wants to know where his nuts are buried, and how many he has. A variable is described as a special box that computers keep useful information in. There are two variables in the example...Show More
What Is the Internet?

What Is the Internet?

Bitesize Coding and Computing

The Internet is described as lots of computers connected to each other. Examples are given of devices that use the Internet, including tablets, laptops, consoles, phones and cameras. The differences between wired and wireless internet connections...Show More