Lesson 2: Race against the computer

Learning that there are digital and non digital databases, pupils compare the advantages and disadvantages of both

Learning Objectives

  • Comparing paper and computerised databases

  • Understanding what a paper database is

  • Naming examples, understanding what a computerised database is

  • Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of paper and computerised databases

Lesson Plan

Comparing paper and computerised databases
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Teacher Video: Race against the computer

Presentation: Race against the computer


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Cat Lamin,  
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Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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