- What other interesting examples of codes from history or the modern-day (digital or non-digital) can you find to inspire or support a lesson about encoding and decoding messages?
I would begin the lesson discussing what code is and how it has been used over the centuries (e.g. Egyptian codes, World War codes, and binary code). These examples will provide meaning and background knowledge in assisting the future activity where students must crack a binary code.
Each individual student will be assigned a word presented in binary code (0, 1 etc), each students message being a small segment of a larger message from a past time i.e. World War 2. The students will be given a key, representing each letter binary code, to scaffold and assist students throughout the decoding process. Once each student has discovered their message, collaboratively the class will assemble where each students word/message should be located in the letter.