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Australian homes sent infected USB sticks (homework task)

Students are directed to an article about how infected USB sticks were left at peoples' houses.

They are asked a series of questions based on the news story which aim to increase their awareness of current issues related to Computer Science.

This can be used as a homework task, a starter or form part of a cover lesson.

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Workbook and Answers

Students read the theory notes on the mini website and then answer the questions on the task sheet.

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Fill in the gaps

Students are given a piece of text with a number of key words removed. The key words appear in a table above the text. They need to replace the words correctly back into the text.

 

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Reduce it

Students are given a section of theory. They pick out the 20 most important words. They are then asked to reduce these to the 8 they consider to be the most important.

A great task for really getting them to concentrate and think about the text in front of them.

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Construct an answer

Students are given an exam style question to answer. They are also given a set of key words to incorporate into their answer.

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Agony aunt

Students are put into the role of an agony aunt who has to answer a set of letters about technology related problems.

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100 words

Students have exactly 100 words to summarise the key points about this topic

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Crossword (homework task)

Students are given a crossword to solve with clues relating to key words for this topic. Answers are provided.

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Discussion statements

Students are given a number of open ended and sometimes controversial statements related to this topic. In groups, they discuss each statement in order to see if they can come up with a suitable answer.

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Identify the question

Students are given the answer to a number of questions.  Their task is to identify what the original question might have been.

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Key terms

Students are asked to provide a definition and example for key terms related to this topic

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Matching statements

On the left-hand side is a set of terms.  On the right-hand side is a set of statements or definitions.  Students are asked to draw a line to matchup the correct term and statement.

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Booklet

Students are given a scenario and asked to research for specific information. They are then given a set of guidelines and asked to create a booklet from the information they have gathered.

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Create your own crossword

Students are given step by step instructions about creating their own crossword which they can then give to fellow students to solve

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Mind Map

Students are given the basic structure of a mind map for this topic. They are asked to recreate the structure on their own sheet of paper and add further detail to each of the branches.

Mind maps are a useful tool to use as a revision aid.

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Podcast

Students are given instructions about creating a revision podcast based on this topic

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Poster

Students are asked to create a poster that could be used for a classroom display. Key design techniques are suggested.

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QR codes

A good kinaesthetic activity. Students have to find, decode and answer questions stored in the form of QR codes

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Wordle

Students write a set of notes about this topic and then use them as the basis to create a word cloud. Their work can be used to create a classroom display.

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You are the teacher

Students work in small groups to prepare a lesson on this topic. They are provided with information and tips about the tasks they need to prepare.

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