“The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.”

Ted Nelson

Pioneer of Information Technology

BBC BITESIZE: Computing

Computing learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers organised by topic.

THINKUKNOW

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Hour of Code

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages!

THE WORLD OF COMPUTING

Here is a wonderful gallery for you, full of information to fill your minds with wonder, images to spark your own imaginations and wonder and knowledge about the world of computing that may make you want to know more so that you too can become an important part of this world. You will be able to read all about recent important happenings and people in this field today, but you will also be able to appreciate the history of the subject and some inspirational people, from a range of backgrounds, who have helped to make it what it is. We hope that as you participate and learn more, you will see and value just how much there is in the world that is truly fantastic and awe-inspiring and that you, one day, might feature on these pages yourselves!

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO

Here, you can find regularly updated information about great places to visit and things to get involved in linked to computing.

Test your knowledge of computing by taking part in our quiz on…

Digital Devices!

Which of these does an interactive whiteboard or touchscreen device allow?
  1. Input only
  2. Output only
  3. Input and output
  4. Neither input nor output
Which of these can capture a moving image?
  1. A camera
  2. A scanner
  3. An MP3
  4. An interactive whiteboard
Which of these mobile devices are used for data storage?
  1. Printers
  2. Monitor
  3. Scanners
  4. USB flash drives
If you wanted to magnify a sugar crystal and display a detailed image of it on the interactive whiteboard, which of these could you use?
  1. A digital camera
  2. A scanner
  3. A digital microscope
  4. A printer
Which of these is NOT an 'output' device?
  1. Monitor
  2. Printer
  3. Computer keyboard
  4. Speakers
What is a memory card?
  1. A computer server’s data storage system
  2. A data storage device often used for large files
  3. The memory located in a printer
  4. A birthday card which you keep because it reminds you of good memories
Which digital device would you use to create a 'paper copy' of a document or other file?
  1. A printer
  2. A webcam
  3. A microphone
  4. A digital scanner
You would like to print a document and you have clicked 'print', but nothing has happened. What should you NOT do?
  1. Check that the printer has paper
  2. Keep pressing ‘print’ until the printer works
  3. Check that the printer is not out of ink
  4. See if you’ve sent the document to the correct printer
For which of these could a scanner be used?
  1. To create a digital copy of a drawing
  2. To take a photo of someone
  3. To send an e-mail
  4. To record a piece of music
Which of these allows you to 'input' sound into a computer or other digital device?
  1. Headphones / earphones
  2. Speakers
  3. Graphics application
  4. Microphone
How Did You Do?

ANSWERS

  1. Input and output
  2. Camera
  3. USB flash drives
  4. A digital microscope
  5. Computer keyboard
  6. A data storage device often used for large files
  7. A printer
  8. Keep pressing ‘print’ until the printer works
  9. To create a digital copy of a drawing
  10. Microphone

*Quiz courtesy of https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/ict/