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High-quality ready to use resources suitable for non-specialist teachers, written for the UK computing curriculum. Author of the very popular "Python Challenges" and the "Teach yourself..." student workbooks. For more products visit www.nicholawilkin.com.

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High-quality ready to use resources suitable for non-specialist teachers, written for the UK computing curriculum. Author of the very popular "Python Challenges" and the "Teach yourself..." student workbooks. For more products visit www.nicholawilkin.com.
OCR GCSE in Computer Science Component 1 (J276/01) student workbooks

OCR GCSE in Computer Science Component 1 (J276/01) student workbooks

These workbooks cover EVERYTHING outlined in the OCE specification for component 1 of the GCSE in Computer Science for OCR (J276/01) It includes the following workbooks: 1.1 System architecture 1.2 Memory and 1.3 Storage (combined into one workbook) 1.4 Wired and wireless networks 1.5 Network topologies, protocols and layers 1.6 System security 1.7 Systems software 1.8 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns Each PDF workbook includes theory, tasks and all the answers so you and your students are confident you are covering the specification. Ideal for classwork, as homework tasks and as self-study revision aids. They are written in student-friendly language which breaks down technical topics into easy to understand chunks making these workbooks perfect for students, NQTs and non-specialist teachers.
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Algorithms for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Algorithms for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Algorithms Student Workbook This student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about algorithms and computational thinking to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “2.1 Algorithms” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 69-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. It uses the preferred OCR specific pseudocode ad flowchart standards, so you know your pupils will be confident with the OCR language and symbols in their exams. Table of Contents: • Computational thinking • What is an algorithm? • Computer programs and algorithms • Decomposition • Abstraction • Algorithmic thinking • Basic Pseudocode • Recap programming basics • What is an expression? • Camel Case • Setting the value of an expression • Arithmetic Operations • Relational Operators • Boolean Operators • Input and Output • Iteration • Selection • Nesting statements • Switch case • Dealing with strings • ASCII and Unicode • Arrays • External files • Reading from external files • Writing to an external file • Sub programs • Flowcharts • Flowchart symbols • Drawing loops in flowcharts • Understanding flowcharts • Showing sub programs in flowcharts • Standard searching algorithms • Linear search • Binary search • Standard sorting algorithms • Bubble sort • Merge sort • Insertion sort
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End of KS3 Computer Science assessment test

End of KS3 Computer Science assessment test

This test is ideal to use as an end of KS3 test which can either be used to provide a VERY APPROXIMATE predicted grade for GCSE (9-1) Computer Science or to help you decide which pupils you think will be suitable for selecting the subject at GCSE. Alternatively, it can be used as a baseline assessment at the start of year 10 or when a new pupil joins your school to help you find gaps in their knowledge. It covers the following areas: • Programming skills • Binary • Inside a computer (hardware and software) • Networks • Computers and the law There is a 7-page A4 PDF document containing the test to photocopy and give out to the pupils, a 4-page PDF document containing the mark scheme and a 1-page PDF document for the teacher giving guidance on how to administer the test and giving very approximate predicted grades for GCSE (9-1).
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Algorithms for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Algorithms for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Algorithms Student Workbook This student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about algorithms and computational thinking to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “2.1 Algorithms” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 69-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. It uses the preferred OCR specific pseudocode ad flowchart standards, so you know your pupils will be confident with the OCR language and symbols in their exams. Table of Contents: • Computational thinking • What is an algorithm? • Computer programs and algorithms • Decomposition • Abstraction • Algorithmic thinking • Basic Pseudocode • Recap programming basics • What is an expression? • Camel Case • Setting the value of an expression • Arithmetic Operations • Relational Operators • Boolean Operators • Input and Output • Iteration • Selection • Nesting statements • Switch case • Dealing with strings • ASCII and Unicode • Arrays • External files • Reading from external files • Writing to an external file • Sub programs • Flowcharts • Flowchart symbols • Drawing loops in flowcharts • Understanding flowcharts • Showing sub programs in flowcharts • Standard searching algorithms • Linear search • Binary search • Standard sorting algorithms • Bubble sort • Merge sort • Insertion sort
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OCR GCSE in Computer Science Component 1 (J276/01) student workbooks

OCR GCSE in Computer Science Component 1 (J276/01) student workbooks

These workbooks cover EVERYTHING outlined in the OCE specification for component 1 of the GCSE in Computer Science for OCR (J276/01) It includes the following workbooks: 1.1 System architecture 1.2 Memory and 1.3 Storage (combined into one workbook) 1.4 Wired and wireless networks 1.5 Network topologies, protocols and layers 1.6 System security 1.7 Systems software 1.8 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns Each PDF workbook includes theory, tasks and all the answers so you and your students are confident you are covering the specification. Ideal for classwork, as homework tasks and as self-study revision aids. They are written in student-friendly language which breaks down technical topics into easy to understand chunks making these workbooks perfect for students, NQTs and non-specialist teachers.
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Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns student workbook. This student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns with technology to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.8 Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental concerns” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 41-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: • How to investigate and discuss Computer Science technologies • Ethical issues • Asking ethical questions • Legal issues • Cultural issues • Environmental issues • Privacy issues • How key stakeholders are affected by technologies • Environmental impact of Computer Science • Manufacturing technology • Transporting technology • Using and charging the technology • Disposing of technology • Cloud computing • Energy efficient • Flexible working • Cultural implications of Computer Science • Healthcare apps • Review culture • Open source vs proprietary software • Legislation relevant to Computer Science • The Data Protection Act 1998 • The Computer Misuse Act 1990 • The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 • Creative Commons Licensing • The Freedom of Information Act 2000
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Systems Software for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Systems Software for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Systems Software Student Workbook This student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about systems software to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.6 Systems Software” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 17-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: • The purpose and functionality of systems software • Provides an interface for computer users • Allocating system resources • Operates and controls the computer hardware • Disk and file management • Operating Systems • User Interface • Command Driven Interface • Graphical User Interface • Memory management / multitasking • Peripheral management and drivers • User Management • File Management • Utility system software • Encryption software • Defragmentation • Data Compression • The role and methods of backup
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System Security for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

System Security for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

System Security Student Workbook This system security workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about cyber-attacks and network security to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.5 System Security” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 37-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: • What is system security? • Forms of attack • Active attack • Passive attack • Social engineering • Insider attack • Threats posed to networks • Hackers and crackers • Malware • Computer viruses • Trojan • Spyware • Adware • Phishing • People as the “weak point” in secure systems (social engineering) • Blagging • Pharming • Shouldering • Brute Force Attacks • Denial of Service Attacks • Data Interception • Collecting data • Manipulating data • Data theft • SQL injection • Poor network policy • Weak and default passwords • Removable media • Unpatched or outdated software • Identifying and preventing vulnerabilities • Penetration testing • Who becomes a penetration hacker? • Network forensics • Network policies • Anti-malware software • Firewalls • User access levels • Passwords • Encryption
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Python Basics Practical Challenges

Python Basics Practical Challenges

Python basics - ready to use practical challenges! A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice Python basics. Includes example code, a tasks to read code, a task to correct code and 4 practical challenges for them to practice writing Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Python While Loop Practical Challenges

Python While Loop Practical Challenges

***Python While Loops - ready to use practical challenges! *** A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice While Loops in Python . Includes example code, a task to read code, a task to correct code and 3 practical challenges for them to practice writing for loops in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Python Programming - Getting Started

Python Programming - Getting Started

Want to learn Python programming? These 4 documents that include example Python code, tasks and programming challenges to complete to help students, NQTs and non-specialist teachers to learn the following Python programming skills: Input and print statements If statements For loops While loops Perfect for classroom activities, homework tasks and self-study. Answers are included.
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Python If Statements Practical Challenges

Python If Statements Practical Challenges

***Python If Statements - ready to use practical challenges! *** A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice Python if statements. Includes example code, a task to identify the main operators, a task to correct code and 3 practical challenges for them to practice writing if statements in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Python For Loop Practical Challenges

Python For Loop Practical Challenges

***Python For Loops - ready to use practical challenges! *** A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice For Loops in Python . Includes example code, a task to work out the output from the range function, a task to correct code and 4 practical challenges for them to practice writing for loops in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Network topologies, protocols and layers for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Network topologies, protocols and layers for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Network topologies, protocols and layers student workbook This student networks workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about computer network topologies to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.5 Network topologies, protocols & layers” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 27-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: Network topologies Star network topology Mesh network topology WiFi Frequency Channels Encryption Packet Switching Bandwidth Ethernet IP address MAC address Network Protocols TCP/IP HTTP HTTPS FTP POP IMAP SMTP TCP/IP model The 4 layers of network protocols Application layer Transport layer Internet layer Link layer
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Wired and Wireless Networks for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Wired and Wireless Networks for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Wired and Wireless Networks Student Workbook This student networks workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about wired and wireless networks to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.4 Wired and wireless networks” specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 29-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: What is a network? Types of network Local Area Network (LAN) Wide Area Network (WAN) Factors that affect the performance of networks Bandwidth Number of devices Cable or wireless media Error rate Latency The different roles of computers in a client-server and a peer-to-peer network Client Server Peer-to-Peer The hardware needed to connect stand-alone computers to a LAN Stand-alone computer Network Interface Controller/Card Transmission Media Switch Router Wireless Access Points The internet Domain Name Server Hosting Cloud storage Local storage compared to cloud storage Cloud computing Security and ownership of data and software on the cloud Virtual Networks
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Computer Science: Programming with pseudocode and Python AQA (9-1) GCSE

Computer Science: Programming with pseudocode and Python AQA (9-1) GCSE

Great for AQA (9-1) GCSE Computer Science revision and help with the programming project. This workbook covers the AQA GCSE Computer Science (8520) specification section 3.2 “Programming”. It includes a 116-page PDF document including theory, tasks and includes all the answers. Whenever possible pseudocode is shown alongside the Python code to allow students to compare the similarities and differences between them. Perfect for NQTs, non-specialist teachers or teachers who feel a little unsure about the qualification content and want to improve their subject knowledge. Also ideal as a teaching resource and covers programming in Python from the basics to more advanced techniques including writing to text files, 2D arrays and using subroutines. It also gives help on planning robust programs and testing programs along with the difference between an interpreter, a compiler and an assembler. Table of contents: Data types Variables and constants Iteration Selection Subroutines (procedures and functions Global and local variables Operators One-dimensional arrays Two-dimensional arrays Input and Output Reading from and writing to a text file String handling operations Random number generation Structuring programming Robust and secure programming Data Validation Creating a simple authentication routine Testing your programs Low-level and high-level languages Translators Other workbooks in this series: * Fundamentals of Algorithms GCSE revision student workbook Fundamentals of Data Representation GCSE revision student workbook * Computer Systems GCSE revision student workbook Fundamentals of Computer Networks GCSE revision student workbook Cyber Security GCSE revision student workbook Ethical, legal and environmental impacts
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Computer Science: Computer Systems (CPU & Systems Architecture)  AQA (9-1) GCSE revision & practice

Computer Science: Computer Systems (CPU & Systems Architecture) AQA (9-1) GCSE revision & practice

Great for AQA (9-1) GCSE Computer Science revision and exam practice. This student revision workbook completely covers the AQA (9-1) GCSE Computer Science (8520) specification section 3.4 “Computer Systems”. Includes a 52 page PDF document including theory, tasks and includes all the answers. Ideal as a GCSE revision aid or as a teaching resource. Perfect for NQTs, non-specialist teachers or teachers who feel a little unsure about the qualification content and want to improve their subject knowledge. Table of contents: Hardware and software Boolean Logic The AND logic gate The OR logic gate The NOT logic gate Logic circuits Creating logic circuits Software classification System software Operating system Utility programs Application software System architecture Von Neumann architecture The CPU Memory Unit The Fetch-Execute cycle Clock speed Busses The performance of the CPU Memory Main Memory Read Only Memory (ROM) Random Access Memory (RAM) Cache memory Secondary storage Virtual memory Magnetic secondary storage Optical secondary storage Solid state secondary storage Cloud storage Local storage compared to cloud storage Embedded systems Other student workbooks in this series include: Fundamentals of Algorithms GCSE revision student workbook Programming Fundamentals of Data Representation GCSE revision student workbook Computer Networks GCSE revision student workbook Fundamentals of Cyber Security GCSE revision student workbook Ethical, legal and environmental impacts GCSE revision student workbook
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Computer Science:  Algorithms  AQA (9-1) GCSE revision and exam practice

Computer Science: Algorithms AQA (9-1) GCSE revision and exam practice

Great for AQA (9-1) GCSE Computer Science revision and exam practice. This student revision workbook that covers ALL of the “Fundamentals of Algorithms” syllabus for AQA (9-1) GCSE Computer Science. Includes 82 pages covering the theory and giving lots of practical activities and even includes the answers Ideal as a GCSE revision aid or as a teaching resource. Perfect for NQTs, non-specialist teachers or teachers who feel a little unsure about the qualification content and want to improve their subject knowledge. Table of contents: • What are algorithms? • Decomposition • Abstraction • Basic Pseudocode • Arithmetic Operations • Relational Operators • Boolean Operators • Input and Output • Iteration • Selection • Nesting statements • Flowcharts • Trace Tables • Dealing with Arrays • Subroutines • Dealing with strings • ASCII and Unicode • Linear search • Binary Search • Compare the two search algorithms < • Bubble Sort • Merge Sort • Compare the two sort algorithms Other student workbooks in this series include: Programming Fundamentals of Data Representation GCSE revision student workbook Computer Systems GCSE revision student workbook Computer Networks GCSE revision student workbook Cyber Security GCSE revision student workbook Ethical, legal and environmental impacts GCSE workbook
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Python Random Values Practical Challenges

Python Random Values Practical Challenges

***Python Random Values - ready to use practical challenges! *** A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice using random values in Python. Includes example code, a task to read code, a task to correct code and 4 practical challenges for them to practice writing for loops in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Python Mathematical Operators Practical Challenges

Python Mathematical Operators Practical Challenges

Python Mathematical Operators - ready to use practical challenges! A great 2 page handout for your pupils to practice using mathematical operators and functions in Python. Includes example code, a task to correct code and 6 practical challenges for them to practice writing for loops in Python code. It even includes a PDF containing the answers. Great for homework tasks, classroom activities or self-study.
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Systems Architecture for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Systems Architecture for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Systems Architecture Student Workbook This systems architecture student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about Systems Architecture, to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) 1.1. Systems Architecture specification. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 26 page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: Systems Architecture Hardware Software The purpose of the CPU Von Neumann Architecture Memory Address Register (MAR) Memory Data Register (MDR) Program Counter (PC) Accumulator (AC) Common CPU Components Arithmetic / Logic unit (ALU) Control unit (CU) Cache Busses The Fetch-Execute cycle How common characteristics of CPUs affect their performance Clock speed Cache size Number of cores Purpose of embedded systems Examples of embedded systems
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Memory & Storage for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Memory & Storage for OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276)

Memory and storage student workbook This memory and storage student workbook is ideal for students, non-specialist teachers, NQTs any anyone who wants to learn more about computing memory and storage to gain confidence in the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276) “1.2. Memory” and “1.3 Storage” specifications. Can be used in the classroom as a teaching aid, for self-study or as a revision tool. This 22-page PDF which covers the theory and includes ready-to-use tasks and even includes the answers. Table of Contents: Read Only Memory (ROM) The purpose of ROM Random Access Memory (RAM) The purpose of RAM Dynamic RAM (DRAM) Static RAM (SRAM) The difference between ROM and RAM The need for virtual memory Flash memory The need for secondary storage Data capacity and calculation of data requirements Common types of storage Optical Magnetic Solid state Suitable storage devices and storage media for a given application Capacity Speed Portability Durability Reliability Cost
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Teach yourself the ENTIRE AQA GCSE Computer Science specification

Teach yourself the ENTIRE AQA GCSE Computer Science specification

Looking for a complete solution to help you get to grips with the AQA Computer Science GCSE (9-10)? Need to feel more confident with the subject matter? Not sure how to approach some areas of the curriculum? Want a ready-to-use resource that is ideal for use in the classroom, for homework tasks and self-study? “Nichola thank you. They have saved me a lot of time" Matt - Computing Teacher We have created 7 detailed PDF student workbooks that EXACTLY match the AQA GCE (9-1) Computer Science (8520) specification. Each includes theory, tasks to recap the knowledge and put new skills into practice. they even include the answers! Seperatly these would cost £150 but if you buy them as part of this bundle it only costs £100 saving you a massive £50. “Love these packs - saved me so much work” Laura - Head of Computing Perfect for non-specialist teachers, NQTs or teachers who feel a little unsure about the qualification content and want some ready-to-use tasks to use in class. “Love your revision books. Your resources are such a life saver!” Katie - Non-specialist computing teacher Provided as seven separate PDF documents: • Fundamentals of algorithms • Programming • Fundamentals of data representation • Computer systems • Fundamentals of computer networks • Fundamentals of cyber security • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy “Brilliant. These have been fab and my students love them.” Debbie - Computing Teacher These are ideal to use in the classroom, as homework tasks or for independent study as revision for the examinations.
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