Binary Code and Communication

Communication Technologies

We use computer-based technology daily to communicate with others. We share information in the form of text, images, and sound with each other. We send text messages and emails. We share photos online and send faxes. We buy songs from our favorite artists and download them to our computers, or listen to the latest and greatest tunes on the music channel on TV.

Students learned today just how computers do what they do: exchange all of this information at seemingly instantaneous speeds. Computers “read” and “write” using a system called binary code. Today’s lesson focused on counting and writing in binary and students had a blast! Be sure to ask your student to show you how to write their name in binary!


Tecnologías de Comunicación

Utilizamos diariamente la tecnología computacional para comunicarnos entre nosotros. Compartimos información a través de textos, imágenes y sonidos. Además enviamos mensajes de texto y correos electrónicos (emails). Compramos canciones de nuestros artistas favoritos y las bajamos a nuestros computadores,  o escuchamos  los últimos éxitos musicales  en el canal de música de la TV.

Hoy, los estudiantes aprendieron acerca cómo funcionan los computadores, cómo es que se produce el intercambio de todo este tipo de información a una velocidad aparentemente instantánea. Los computadores “leen” y “escriben” usando un sistema llamado código binario. Los estudiantes se divirtieron mucho durante la  lección del día de hoy, que se focalizó en contar y escribir en código binario. Asegúrese de preguntarle a su hija o hijo cómo escribir su nombre en código binario.


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Leighann Sullivan earned her BS in Biology from Cornell University. For a number of years she taught math, science, and language skills at a secondary school for learning disabled students. She subsequently earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Molecular and Genomic Analyses in Clostridium acetobutylicum.” When not pursuing academic interests she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and experimenting in the culinary arts.

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