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A small resource for teaching Binary

The short comic “Count like a Computer”  is designed to teach students how to count binary numbers using their fingers, similar to how they count decimal numbers. However in the case of binary, it is possible to count from 0 to 31 using a single hand and from 0 to 1023 using 2 hands. The idea behind this is that students learn the concept behind the vales of the location of a bit in a binary number.

I think that it can be very useful in the introduction of the topic as it may interest students since it contains different images in the form of a comic. A quick read through this simple comic may help students understand binary better, especially when they are first introduced to it as it may prove to be a bit of a challenge for a student to understand the different number system.  Besides this, the comic may also provide a different pace from the usual lessons as is not very common for an important concept to be explained through a comic. Therefore I think that it could be something which can be useful for the students understanding of the topic.

Link to comic: http://www.instructables.com/id/Binary-Counting/


One comment on “A small resource for teaching Binary

  1. bernice1994
    October 17, 2014

    I agree with you that students are more engaged in learning when we introduce them to a new lesson by including something that they are not usually exposed to. Although the topic binary is one of the most interesting in the Computing subject, I hear from students that they find it difficult and abstract. Therefore, this is one ideal way that could make them understand better. Also, instead of working binary on a piece of paper, it is more efficient if they learn to use the short cut of using their fingers.

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