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“Tablets of Stone”

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This workshop looks at the various means of communication used everyday such as the Mobile Phone, Email and Royal Mail. Pupils will consider the various methods and rules that are in place to ensure this communication is reliable. Working in a group, pupils analyse a communications problem description and develop their own communications protocol to ensure reliability. Through a role-play activity pupils will test their protocols in an unreliable environment and then identify problems and improvements to their solutions. Pupils will then discover the relevance of their solutions by comparing them against a related communications environment: packet switching in the Internet.

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Feedback from Teacher to CSinside...(via on-line Questionnaire)

Posted by:Margaret Brown, Fri 5th Dec 2008, 1:08PM

The students found it difficult to get started with devising rules, but giving them a couple of possible examples cleared the log jam.

Feedback from Teacher to CSinside...(via Feedback Questionnaire)

Posted by:Margaret Brown, Fri 4th Jul 2008, 11:11AM

Higher Computing: They quickly realised that the rules were important and also the unpredictability of data transfer! I will use it for future higher classes as I intend to do regular workshops throughout the course to keep teaching/learning active and interesting.


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