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.
This week the 7th graders learned 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, reading, and writing in binary. The students had a blast decoding binary messages and playing war with binary cards! Be sure to ask your student to show you how to write your name in binary!