~ Network Topologies, Layers, Protocols and more..

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Teachers - use this quiz on this particular topic to test students or adapt it with your own questions. Students can play individually or in teams against each other! It's free!

Quiz 1: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/5b770d5f-e788-4a9e-a70a-2ec0bd638a19

Quiz 2: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/8f48578a-d1a2-4ba5-9dea-1aa52092ac54

Quiz 3: (System Security threats) https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/90dfcb6a-1ba0-4be2-b1de-787dfd3fa636


Before we start, what do you know already?

What is a network? What are topologies? What are IP addresses? What are protocols and layers?

Starter - Be inspired

A few years ago some particularly wonderful students of mine embarked on an exciting project. You can read all about it here: https://diplomainit.wordpress.com/coursework/networking-project/ In a nutshell, these students, with some teacher help(!), got the BBC eggheads to come down to host a celebrity quiz, raised thousands of pounds for the charity Children in Crisis, and used the remaining money to build a networked suite for a local church community centre. The centre had originally been quoted the sum of £30,000 to build the networked suite (complete with computers, a server, projector and a refurbishment of the furniture and room), but our students were able to do it for under £5000. Networking, as you can imagine, is big business. But using your skills to make a difference is a great way to get started on the road to success! What you will do?

What you will learn in this topic

Networks (as you learned in the previous topic) are all about connecting computers together. The way they are connected together is rather important and the design you select (network toplogy) will have an impact on the way things work. Topologies are interesting networking theory to consider! In addition to that you'll be looking at IP addresses, layers and protocols. Get ready to learn a lot more about this exciting topic and really understand how it all works. Remember the key to true learning is doing plenty more outside the classroom.

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Tasks & Worksheets

Your teacher may ask you to do one or more of the following tasks

Past paper based worksheet

Mark scheme answers with solutions and illustrations in subscription only drive

Learning Poster

1. Complete a learning poster (a single slide) in which all of the learning objectives for this topic are explained

*Refer to the theory PowerPoint and the "What you will learn objectives" slide.

Research Power Point

1. Complete a research powerpoint on the topic selected by your teacher using the following template.

End of topic assessment

Well done on completing this topic!

Your teacher will direct you as to which task needs to be handed in

What to submit

-learning poster

-research powerpoint



Ensure you revise and go over your learning for this topic yourself in order to retain this information for your exam and beyond!

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