Literacy and Numeracy In Computing Activities

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Literacy and Numeracy In Computing Activities

Integrate Maths and English in your lessons to develop pupil skills and ensure your lessons promote transferable skills that can be used all through life!

Adding numeracy and literacy to lessons is a great way to add an extra dimension to what goes on in the classroom. The problem is not usually a reluctance to see the importance, but rather a lack of time to develop meaningful and useful activities and tasks. This can often eat into valuable and scarce lesson planning time which means sometimes it is omitted to make way for more urgent subject specific content (with the exception of binary and spreadsheets, which pretty much already tick the boxes!),

Below is a selection of short numeracy and literacy activities that don’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but could be used as a quick starter activity, random homework, collated display or mid lesson brain work out. Please share your thoughts in the comments below and if you have any suggestions to add to the list then feel free to also drop them in as well!

Numeracy Activities…

  1. How much space would be left on a 2GB memory stick after you have saved twenty seven 6MB images and a 0.75GB video on it?
  2. Explain what “pixel density” is, using an example.
  3. Is a quad-core processor twice as fast as a dual-core processor, explain your answer.
  4. Explain why 10+10 might not equal 20 (HINT: Binary!)
  5. If one minute of video recording uses 25MB of storage space, how many 15 minute recordings can I save on a 1GB memory stick?
  6. Explain what “Moore’s Law” is and if it is still true today?
  7. What is the most important number to consider when buying a new games console? Why?
  8. Explain what the difference between digital and analogue sound waves is.
  9. What are “cryptocurrencies” and how do they work?
  10. Explain why polygons are important in video game graphics.

Literacy Activities…

  1. Explain what artificial intelligence is, using examples.
  2. In exactly 50 words, describe why the internet is important.
  3. Explain to a non-gamer what the differences are between PC gaming and console gaming, make a suggestion which one they should try first.
  4. Write a single paragraph on the difference between ICT and computer science.
  5. How would you recommend to a friend what mobile phone to buy?
  6. Write a 30 second advert script for a new virtual reality headset.
  7. Describe what an e-book reader is, and why somebody might find them better than physical books.
  8. Explain how computers can improve your physical health.
  9. Write a short biography of Alan Turing.
  10. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. Which is the best and which is the worst? Why?

 

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