Option 3: Create or share a resource to support a classroom or professional development learning activity about binary OR digital data. This could be a worksheet, a poster, a book, a game or any other idea!

This link takes you to a lesson plan of how to introduce binary to a class within small groups and then evolve into individual construction. Students are provided a 5 x 5 mat and a range of black and white tiles to display an image on the mat, which represent Binary Code of 1’s and 0’s. In groups of 3 or 4 they must describe their picture using only 25 letters to another group who must try to emulate their image on another 5 x 5 mat. Students will quickly figure out that, on a 5 x 5 mat, that equates to one letter per tile. A common solution to this problem will be to say something like ‘b, w, w, b, w’.

Once they have come up with a solution to this, it should be relatively simple to explain that they have essentially created a binary solution. Binary is commonly represented in 1s and 0s.

This activity starts as a starting point to introduce binary to year 5s and 6s students.