Before the lesson
- To represent binary as text
Pupils should be taught to:
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
Pupils needing extra support: Less able children should work with a partner. They should be the ones who write the message (in English) that the astronaut wishes to send, which they then watch their partner translate into ASCII binary. They then switch roles so that they have had a chance to watch a more able student have a go before they do.
Pupils working at greater depth: This activity is self-extending: Children should think about how to send a concise and relevant message, but also how to do so quickly and efficiently. They could also write a paragraph introducing their work, and what it means.