As part of looking at computer systems we looked at what made a device digital or not digital. We compared two processes of digital and non digital by creating a real life painting and comparing it to a computer based paint program. The children then evaluated the difference between the two processes.
Year 2 looked at what makes an object information technology. We explored this and discovered that for it to be information technology it had to be one of three things:
- Its a computer
- It has a computer inside
- It works with a computer
The children then explored what we used IT for. They had to use IT skills to manipulate images by resizing and moving them to the correct places on a page.
Year 6 have been planning and designing their own games in Kodu. They have created their own worlds with characters. Characters have been programmed to follow paths, drop objects, collect objects or even to shoot at other characters. They have created some fantastic worlds using the tools to create different terrains like water, hills and mountains. The children then created racing games where they programmed a manual cycle to control and a cycle ran by the computer.
The children in Year 3 have been looking at digital devices. We have discussed how digital devices need an input, process and output to work. The children invented their own machines, considering how it would have an input, process and output to work. During the next few sessions we looked at what connections and a network needed to work. We drew our family network and discussed the connections in this.
My Family Network
Year 3 then explored how a network works and what makes a good, efficient network. We passed messages and files around our made classroom network. We discovered how important it is to have a switch working in the network for the best efficiency. Then we went on a journey around school finding the componenets on our actual school network.
What makes a Network
Year 2 have been exploring the keyboard as an input device. They have made their own keyboards and have explored different keys on the keyboard. Now they are practising their skills here:
Year 4 took a journey around school to identify features on a school network. We found:
Wireless Access Points
In the sports hall we then modelled this network with cards and string to show all the connections. The children then drew their own diagrams of a school newtork.
Year 3 have been looking at Computer Components. They began by playing a Memory Game, matching pairs of cards to identify components in or on a computer. The children then had to sort these into two groups, which are Hardware and which are Software.
We then took our knowledge of hardware components to try and identify them inside an actual computer.