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Revision notes, activities, lesson plans, teaching ideas, and other resources for GCSE, A-Level, and IB Computer Science teachers and students.

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UK Computing Laws

This video from Computer Science Tutor covers the main UK computing laws re...

Wireless Networking (Wi-Fi, Security, and Hardware)

This video about wireless networking includes everything that is needed for...

Network topology videos

These four excellent videos from Computer Science tutor cover the four ma...

Network protocols

These four videos explain the main networking protocols that students are l...

Embedded Systems video

This short video is a good over of embedded systems, covering the main poin...

Representing Text in Binary

This video clearly explains the two main ways of representing text in binar...

Types of Malware

This video explains the various types of malware including viruses and troj...

Protecting against Malware

Following on from the Types of Malware video, this video explains technique...

Video: Network Security #1

This video gives an overview of the threats to networked computer systems, ...

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2.2 Problem solving and programming

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2.2.1 Programming techniques

Book of Programming Ideas

Book of Programming Ideas

The Book of Programming Ideas document contains 64 example programming exercises for students to try. The sections cover everything from basic input and output exercises through to subroutines, functions, and file handling. There are Python and Java versions of the document, although all exercises are written to be language-independent.


Updated: 2018-01-10
Subprograms

Subprograms, Local Variables & Structured Programming

Subprograms are known by several different names - methods, functions, procedures, subroutines, and more. This video explains the different types of subprograms, including those that allow data to be passed in (as parameters) and those that return a value (functions). Even if you know how to create such code, reviewing the theory can be helpful.


Updated: 2018-02-17

2.2.2 Computational methods

Searching and sorting

Algorithms - Searching and Sorting

CS Field Guide has an extremely comprehensive page about searching and sorting algorithms, including clear explanations, animated examples, and interactives. It covers algorithm efficiency and cost.


Updated: 2017-01-23
Searching and sorting

Searching game

The Searching Boxes game from the CS Field Guide makes for a good lesson starter and can help students understand the need for different searching algorithms. Once they have tried part 1, students could try Searching Boxes Part 2 and try to devise a better search algorithm.


Updated: 2017-01-23
Data mining

Nuggets of Data Gold

This videos provides an introduction into data mining, explaining why analysis of big data is necessary and how can we go about finding hidden patterns in large volumes of data. The end of the video includes some good examples of data analysis in the medical field, and the difficulties of finding correlation and causation with the data sets.


Updated: 2015-05-19
Sorting balance class activity

The Sorting Balance

This is another interactive to help students learn about sorting algorithms. They must use a set of virtual scales to test and compare the weights of 10 jars. Students must then line the jars up in the correct order at the bottom of the page. There are, of course, multiple ways to solve the problem - some more efficient than others. CS Field Guide have a similar game.


Updated: 2017-01-23
Bubble sort algorithm

Bubble Sort algorithm

This Bubble Sort video does exactly as its name suggests - explaining the algorithm clearing with the aid of diagrams. Although it is labelled as "Java", it is relevant to all computer science students.

There is also a good explanation of the algorithm (including why it is very inefficient) plus step by step diagrams here.


Updated: 2017-01-23
Merge sort algorithm

Merge sort algorithm

Harvard's CS50 Merge sort video uses a really clear approach - numbered plastic cups which are moved around as we step through the algorithm. The same approach is used in all of their sorting algorithm videos, making it easy to compare different sorting algorithms.

Joe James' Merge sort algorithm video is also very clear.

For Merge sort in particular, step by step diagrams can be very helpful in understanding the algorithm. TutorialsPoint has a good set of diagrams, plus pseudocode.


Updated: 2017-01-23