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Unit 1: My Digital World

Unit 1: My Digital World

You would be amazed how many machines, tools, and things we use in our everyday life are digital devices. So, what is a digital device? The word "digital" comes from the smaller word; digit or number. A device is any type of equipment that helps humans improve life or do a specific job. So a digital device is an electronic machine that uses numbers to compute (calculate) to do a specific task for humans.

Our world has thousands of digital devices working to make what we call the "Digital World" we live in. Some devices are complex like robots, others are simple like a toaster. How many digital devices are in your world?

Computers (machines that use numbers to perform tasks) are the most obvious and common types of digital devices. They come in many shapes (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, server) and so on. They are made by many different manufacturers (IBM, Apple NEC, Samsung, Acer) and many more.

Watch the Day of Glass video from Corning Glass (top video). How many digital devices can you see in the future?
  Watch the Ninja Video to learn about how computers work. We suggest you watch it twice, then try to complete the Word Power activity.

Play the BBC Bitesize game (See left).

Practice your keyboard skills with Keyboard climber (left)

How many digital devices can you see or identify at home. Ask mum dad or a friend to help you put together a list. 

Back at school share your list with others from your class and make a new list of the top 10 most popular home digital devices. Discuss the results.

Digital words are a part of our everyday life. After watching the videos above, try to complete a word search below. 

Play Word Search

 

  • Identify and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose.
  • Digital Technologies / Foundation to Level 2 / Digital Systems – Elaborations

    1. Playing with and using different digital systems for transferring and capturing data, for example using a tablet to take a photograph of a grandparent and recording an interview with them about life in the past.
    2. Exploring and using digital systems for downloading and storing information, for example knowing how to download images from a website and insert them into a document.
      exploring and identifying hardware and software components of digital systems when creating ideas and information, for example experimenting with different ways of providing instructions to games software using a mouse, touch pad, touch screen, keyboard, stylus.
    3. Recognising and using hardware and software components of digital systems and experimenting with their functions, for example playing with interactive toys and robotic devices to determine which ones can work with other devices.
    4. Recognising that a digital system follows instructions or commands, for example instructing robotic toys to perform a function such as a dance movement.
    5. Constructing a model of a real or imaginary digital systems device for use in role-play scenarios and explaining the features of the device to an adult.
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      VCA Document VCDTDS013