Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Hardware - the Journey Inside

There are so many resources on the net for teaching digital technology, it‘s never-ending. I guess it is a matter of being discerning about what you choose to use and consider whether you are putting variety into your teaching and learning plans. Intel have some good resources for handouts on microprocessors and circuits etc which I have discovered – but there is plenty to be choosy about out there when it comes to resources!

These are from an Intel Resource, fantastic

Teaching Materials

This section will help you use The Journey InsideSM in the classroom and supplements the online learning resources. Background information, supplemental lesson plans, student handouts, and ideas for group activities you can do as a class, away from the computer, are included. These teaching materials are organized by the same units as the student materials:

Introduction to Computers

This unit provides a short history of the computer, introduces the four major components of a computer, and compares computer "brains" with the human brain.

Circuits and Switches

This unit teaches students about electricity, electric circuits, and the difference between mechanical and nonmechanical (transistors) switches.

Digital Information

This unit explores the differences between the decimal and binary number systems and how the information is represented and processed using binary code.


This unit investigates how microprocessors process information, demonstrates the size and the complexity of their circuitry, and explains how they are manufactured.

The Internet

This unit defines the Internet, then explains the World Wide Web, hypertext, URLs, packets, bandwidth, connection choices, search engines, and the need to critically evaluate the quality of the information found on the Web.

Technology and Society

This unit discusses the impact technological advances have on people's lives, with examples from the past and current day. Several readings provide insights on ways the digital age is already affecting our lives, the accelerating rate of change, and what we might expect to see in the near future.


The Journey InsideSM uses a contextual glossary with new terms linked to their definitions. Clicking on an underlined word in lessons opens a small window containing the word's definition. The glossary includes all the underlined terms.

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