GCSE – Lesson 1 – What is a computer network?

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

This lesson introduces learners to the term ‘computer network’. They develop their understanding by looking at other networks in the real world before discovering what a computer network is. They then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a computer network before learning about the peer-to-peer model through an unplugged activity. Finally, learners are given real-world examples of peer-to-peer networks before completing a keyword matching exercise.

Learning objectives

  • Define a computer network
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of computer networks
  • Describe the role of a computer in a peer-to-peer network

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