27 February 2016

Teaching Binary Numbers to 1st Year Students.

I am gladly part taking in a Entels Project via H2 Learning and the following reflection is a prerequisite of this course.  To introduce myself, my name is Miriam Bergin, I am a Business/Accounting and ICT teacher in Coláiste Mhuire Co Ed, Thurles for 16 years, I worked in one other school for one year previous, so I guess whatever I know I learned in Thurles!.

The first app I will use is http://edu.symbaloo.com/ in ICT coding class.  The second app I chose is mindmaps in Business studies class.
We are a pilot school for the coding specification and so I am interested in finding the best way to teach the computer theory to our first years.  

The following is a reflection on teaching binary numbers to a first-year mixed ability class.
The student handout includes 8 tasks related to binary numbers and five referenced links to useful websites. The latter could be used repeatedly to achieve other learning outcomes in strand 1 of the coding specification.  
I used this www image to draw attention to the website links but students did not use their own initiative to access the websites.

I think that Symbaloo may address this issue but I did not know of it at that time.  So I have created a coding webmix that I can share with students.  I can stimulate interest in the websites by creating a treasure hunt quiz to find information based on the specification and will encourage students to find good websites to add to our class coding webmix.  To hopefully give them a sense of ownership, additionally the webmix will serve as a revision tool.  The webmix includes 4 computer theory websites, one youtube clip and 2 computer coding websites.


My presentation includes a student handout, please note that I taught 3 classes and then reflected on what was working well in class and being reactive rather than proactive, I then prepared the task page and corresponding rubric for assessment of/for learning.  

The powerpoint is a reflection on what happened in class and what helped students reach the success criteria. 

The only aspect I am still unsure about is; on the lesson plan page I have identified A=All, M=Most, S=Some, they use the latter to differentiate in UK computer science.   Should I leave this on student copy or just on teacher copy?  A cohort of students may see S or M and think….Sure I don’t have to do that!!

1. Student handout with tasks on binary numbers: 

(Word) http://bit.ly/1TI5hIG

(PDF)   http://bit.ly/1TfFWYe

2. Answers to tasks:

(Word)  http://bit.ly/1Qn9lJP

(PDF)   http://bit.ly/1RxsZ8p

3. My reflection (PP) on teaching binary numbers to first years..

(PPoint version)  http://bit.ly/1QlF0Pk

4. Binary handout via      www.csunplugged.com


I created this prezi, it is my first time using prezi so a learning process!  The aim is to motivate students as I have include some student work in it, I also briefly show scratch code they need to use.  But am not sure if it will work but will test it out.  I can share the prezi with my students so it can be a reference point,


Mindmaps:  Use a digital mind map for a whole class activity to gather feedback, thoughts, ideas and interpretations on a particular topic. I will share this via google classroom and give students a hard copy.

I Intend to use the following mindmaps and a kahoot quiz as an AFL.


Business Documents
Mindmap-Key words
Made by Ms Bergin

Mindmap-Business Documents
Made by Ms Bergin

Mindmap….Treatment of Invoices, Statements and Credit notes.
Made by Ms Bergin

Business Documents
(12 questions)
For JC Business Documents
Made by Ms Bergin

My reflection, I will add this next week after using the above mindmaps.

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