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An Introduction to Computer Networking for Teachers

Build your knowledge and understanding of computer networks as a computer science teacher. Supported by Google.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn how you can create connections with computers

Explore the fundamentals of computer networking with this online course for GCSE teachers. You will improve your understanding of key concepts and gain the confidence to teach the subject in the classroom.

On this course, you will learn to describe the different types of computer networks and understand how data can be transmitted securely. You will cover real world usage of networking technology to enhance your understanding. You will also become more familiar with how the internet works, including routing, DNS, and the World Wide Web.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsEvery day, you're surrounded by networks from 4G to Wi-Fi, Ethernet to Bluetooth. These networks give us access to the internet and allow you to communicate with people all over the world. This course will introduce you to the different types of computer network and their architecture. You'll explore how data is transmitted through internet and Wi-Fi connections, and you'll gain an understanding of how encryption helps us send data securely. This free course contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge and progress. You can learn with us wherever and whenever you want. You'll learn about the fundamentals of networking from the GCSE computing syllabus.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsSo whether you're a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about how computers communicate with one another, this course will help you gain an understanding of computer networking. Sign up now at rpf.io/networking.

What topics will you cover?

  • Networks and architecture
  • Transmission of data and network protocols
  • Secure transmission of data
  • Internet including routing, DNS and the “World Wide Web”

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss types of network, advantages and disadvantages and general architecture
  • Describe transmission of data (ethernet, wifi) and network protocols (http, ftp, etc)
  • Explore how data can be transmitted securely
  • Apply knowledge of real world usage of the networking technology
  • Describe the internet including routing, DNS and the “world wide web”
  • Explain how data is encapsulated in an IP packet and a data frame for transmission

Who is the course for?

This course is for computer science GCSE teachers (or equivalent), especially those specialising in computer networking and cyber security.

Who will you learn with?

Mac Bowley

Mac Bowley

Hey, my name is Mac. I am a Learning Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation. I love teaching and digital making, especially when I get to do them both at the same time.

Who developed the course?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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