Set up Google Drive

Create a Google Account if you don't have one already.
Go to your Google Drive.
Create a folder called "Y10 Info Tech - <your name>"
Share the folder with me (

This is where you will store everything for IT.

In your folder, Create a Google Doc called IT Workbook - <your name>
This will be your workbook for IT. All summaries, notes, questions etc get completed in this workbook.

In your folder, Create a Google Doc called Glossary - <your name>
This will be where you add words that are new to your vocabulary.

Topic 1: Binary Numbers


Computers know on and off. Voltage or no voltage. 1 or 0. We call this a "binary" number system - or base 2 (bi=two). Our decimal system is base 10 (deci=ten)

TASK 1A: Complete the quick lessons in this Intel Series first.
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Make a summary/notes as you go.
Be prepared for a short quiz :)bit binary.gif

Here is an acsii to binary conversion sheet for you.

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TASK 1B: Create 3 sentences in your workbook in binary coded ASCII. Email it to the person on your right and have them convert it back to ASCII.

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TASK 1C: Now convert three (randomly selected) numbers form DECIMAL to BINARY. Record in your workbook.

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Check out what happens when you Google "Binary" ...totally nerdy :)
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Adding Unsigned Binary Numbers
Let's assume that we have two unsigned binary values of 01010101 (which is 85 in decimal) and 01110100 (which is 116 in decimal) and we want to add these two numbers together. The process we use is:


Adding two unsigned binary numbers.

As with our decimal addition, we commence with the two least significant digits (the least significant "bits" in the Bit 0 position in this case) on the right-hand side. So, 1 + 0 = 1; that wasn't so hard, was it? Next, we add the two bits in the Bit 1 position: 0 + 0 = 1. This just keeps on getting easier and easier, doesn't it.
But wait, what's this? When we get to the Bit 2 position we have 1 + 1 = 10 (where 10 in binary is 2 in decimal). This means that our sum for this bit is 0 and we have a carry-out of 1 to the next stage. Fortunately, the Bit 3 addition is easy, because we have 0 + 0 + '1' = 1 (where the '1' is the carry-in from the previous stage).

The Bit 4 addition is familiar to us: 1 + 1 = 10, so the sum for this bit is 0 and we have a carry-out of 1 to the next stage. Similarly, the Bit 5 addition is 0 + 1 + '1' = 10, which gives us a sum of 0 for this bit and a carry-out to the next stage.

The Bit 6 addition is new to us, because now we have 1 + 1 + '1' = 11 (where 11 in binary is 3 in decimal), which means that the sum for this bit is 1 and we also have a carry-out of 1 to the next stage. Finally, we're back on home ground with the Bit 7 addition of 0 + 0 + '1' = 1.

Thus, the end result of adding 01010101 (85 in decimal) and 01110100 (116 in decimal) is 11001001 (201 in decimal), which is just what we'd expect.

It takes much longer to explain it than it does to actually just do it. Have a go at these ones yourself...

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TASK 1D: Complete the quiz - how did you go?

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TASK 1E: Back to practice converting - it's fun (and sometimes frustrating!)

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Here's another reference - The first part of this page is a summary of what is above and we did on the board in class when adding binary numbers.

The second part is about "signed" binary numbers which you can also learn more about here.

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HOMEWORK - in your Glossary put any new terms (and definitions) you have learned about so far. Look up "two's compliment" in relation to signed binary numbers and be ready to tell me what that means next lesson!

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Topic 1B - Hexadecimal Numbers (Extension)

Research Hexadecimal numbers. In your workbook record the answers to the following questions:
1. What is the purpose of the hexadecimal number system and where is it most used?
2. How does it work (include a diagram/pictorial)?
3. Choose 3 numbers to convert form Decimal to Hexadecimal
4. How do you convert from Hexadecimal to Binary?

TOPIC 2 - Primary and Secondary Storage

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You will know some of these answers. For the ones you don't know the answers to you will have to do a little research on the internet (or in the reference text I have at the front of the room :) ). Answer the questions in your digital workbook in full sentences.

1. What is primary memory
2. What is the main difference between ROM and RAM
3. What is secondary memory
4. When is sequential access used?
5. When is random access used?
6. What are the main differences between hard disks and flash drives?
7. What is the difference between a CD and a DVD
8. Explain why tapes and disks do not require the presence of electricty to hold their memorised information. Why is this an advantage?
9. Find out how much each of the following devices costs. Also find out the price of a single disk or cartridge use in teh device
- Zip Drive
- DVD Burner
- Flash Drive
10. Which device would be most suitable in the following situations>
  1. To copy a text file from a school PC to take home. Your PC at home has only a floppy drive and a hard drive
  2. To copy a large graphics file to give to your freind who only has a CD and a hard drive. Your PC now has every type of storage attached to it.
  3. To back up financial records for a business to keep a permanent copy at the end of each month.
  4. To make a back-up copy of the latest game you installed from a CD onto your PC.

The Problem Solving Methodology

Pop on over the the PSM page to acquaint yourself with the PSM. This will help you guide your project. You will be expected to understand the basics of each phase of the methodology and use it's structure to organise your final report.


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TOPIC 3 - People & Computers

Read pages 15 - 17
Make summary notes in list form
Complete exercises 9 - 12




You will need some resources to back you up when you are beginning. These are a good reference and have great tutorials.

Just note the “Tryit Editor” is good but does not show the page title tags (no biggie)

Learning Intention - To understand that:
  • The HTML skeleton is the foundation on which most internet pages are based
  • HTML is written in Tags
  • Tags usually come in pairs (never rely on the fact that they can be optional!)
  • A Tag is a word surrounded by angle brackets, e.g.: <HTML> </HTML>, <HEAD> </HEAD>, <TITLE> </TITLE>
  • A pair of tags has as a starting Tag and an end Tag. The end Tag is preceded by a forward slash
  • Tags can have Attributes - these further define the tag functions
  • You should to add <!DOCTYPE HTML> to the top of all your HTML pages to signify HTML 5 is being used (has no end tag).
  • You can create a template so you don’t have to start from scratch every time!

First, use a text editor (eg. notepad) set up a basic html web page for yourself. Test it in your browser.

<!doctype html>
<title> Put the page title here </title>

<body> Put anything else you want to say here

Indentations are used for readability only. Whitespace will almost always be ignored unless you use the preformatted tag <pre></pre>.

Anything within angle brackets are instructions and will not print to the screen – but they are executed by the browser software <>

The <abbr title=”hover over text”> </abbr> is a really important feature for readability of websites. It lets you show the user what the acronym or abbreviation stands for. You can also use the alt= attribute to provide alternate text in case the image can’t be displayed (also read by screen readers)

Comments are an important tool for programmers <!-- This is how you comment in html -->
You can also use the comment tag to “comment out” parts of you code while you are debugging and trying to find a problem part of your code by using the tag around the part you want ignored.

Links to external CSS files must use <link> and be contained in <head>

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MEMORY HOGS: If an HTML file contains ten images - eleven files are required to display the page right. Loading images takes time, so the best advice is to use images carefully. When a web page is loaded, it is the browser that actually gets the image from a web server and inserts it into the page. YOU MUST make sure that the images actually stay in the same spot in relation to the web page, otherwise your visitors will get a broken link icon. The broken link icon is shown if the browser cannot find the image.

This is far form comprehensive. You need to work through the tutorials at W3 Schools to learn more but…

THE BEST HTML TIP EVER (in my humble opinion!)…

If you ever see a Web page and wonder "Hey! How did they do that?” you can find out by right-clicking in the page and select "View Source" (IE) or "View Page Source" (Firefox), or “Inspect Element” (Chrome) or something similar for other browsers. This will open a window containing the HTML code of the page! No secrets :)

(You can even edit the html right there sometimes…you can change the words etc. It won’t save or change the actual page on the web (only the one in your browser) but you can use it for great practical jokes :))

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Using what you know about paragraphs <p></p> and breaks <br>, fix this poem

TOPIC 5 - Privacy

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Read pages 18 - 19
Make summary notes in the form of a brainstorm
Complete exercise 13

TOPIC 6 - Computer Errors

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Read pages 20 - 21
Make summary notes as a table
Complete exercises 14 & 15

TOPIC 7 - Information Processing Cycle

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Read pages 22 - 23
Discussion & questions (as a whole group)
Complete exercise 16

TOPIC 8 - Networks

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Read pages 24 - 28
Create a summary in your workbook of:
- definition of a network
- 4 purposes of a network
- two types of networks
- two types of topology
- the importance of back up equipment


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Follow the tutorial (Step by Step) to learn about creating a network.

Now it's your turn to design a network. You may choose to run the Simulation first (it gives some feedback on performance of a network designed by you giving it parameters). When you are ready, Build a Network that satisfies the following scenario. When you are finished, click UPDATE and then take a screenshot/snippet of your network. Put into your digital workbook.

TOPIC 9 - Databases

Research Task
Create a flatfile database

TOPIC 10 - Possible Threats to Data

TOPIC 11 - Sketch up challenge

Design a house!



Side Trips

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CGBC - Computer Games Bootcamp


Monash University IT Challenge


Open Source

Let's talk about Open Source programming...


App Development


Coming soon...



On the network (student) you will find two tutorials under the Year 10 -> Information Technology Folder.
Open the tutorial on screen and work through the examples given.



Your project can be done as an individual or in a small group.

You can choose an area of IT that you are interested in.

You must use the following skills:
- research using the internet (smart searching!)
- an application for manipulating data
- hardware for ACQUISITION or MANIPULATION of data and/or OUTPUT.


Semester 2

Student Name

Project/Skill 3

Date Due

Next Project/Skill 4

Date Due

Videoscribe (running in the rain)

To be negotiated
Audio Mixing

To be negotiated

To be negotiated
Javascript (xss challenge)

To be negotiated

To be negotiated

To be negotiated
Java Plug in

To be negotiated
Short film - modernisation

To be negotiated
Website - build a computer

To be negotiated
Website - Australia 2040

To be negotiated

To be negotiated

To be negotiated
Adobe Flash - experimenting

To be negotiated