Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsHello, and welcome to the course. I'm Marc, and over the next four weeks, I'm going to help you understand the basics of how computers work. You'll learn about the history of computers and the early pioneers in the field. You'll gain an understanding of the underlying mathematics that governs how computers perform calculations, and we'll take a look at some of the basic electronics that go into making up a central processing unit and random access memory. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your learning and to develop ideas for your classroom practice. There will be regular discussions and opportunities to learn from each other. Be sure to use these sessions to ask questions, share your experiences, and help each other out.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to How Computers Work

I’m Marc Scott, Content and Curriculum Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and I am your lead educator for this course. I am part of the Education team and I write many of the projects you can find on the Raspberry Pi website. I have been an educator for over fifteen years, specialising in Computer Science, Electronics, Physics and Chemistry.

This course is designed to teach you how computers actually work. We’ll be taking a look at the early history of computers, gain an understanding of the underlying mathematics that governs how computers perform calculations, and have a look at some of the basic electronics that go in to making up a Central Processing Unit and Random Access Memory. Along the way, we’ll look at some of the early history of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and learn a little about the early pioneers in the field.

We have filled this course with opportunities for you to reflect on your learning and to develop ideas for your classroom practice. Throughout, there are regularly scheduled discussions during which educators can learn from each other — please use these sessions to ask questions and help each other out.

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How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation

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