Get in gear

In this first lesson about computing systems, you will focus on what sets these devices apart from other purpose-built machinery: it is their ability to execute programs that allows them to modify their operation and perform different tasks, and thus become our most versatile ‘tool for thought’.

Video

Click on the play button to start the video. If your teacher asks you to pause the video and look at the worksheet you should:

  • Click "Close Video"
  • Click "Next" to view the activity

Your video will re-appear on the next page, and will stay paused in the right place.

Worksheet

These slides will take you through some tasks for the lesson. If you need to re-play the video, click the ‘Resume Video’ icon. If you are asked to add answers to the slides, first download or print out the worksheet. Once you have finished all the tasks, click ‘Next’ below.

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Get in gear

This quiz is to assess your learning from this lesson.

Q1.The word software simply means

1/3

Q2.Which of the following is an example of a program to write documents?

2/3

Q3.What is the purpose of a general-purpose computer?

3/3

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Get in gear

This quiz is to assess your learning from this lesson.

Q1.The word software simply means

1/3

Q2.Which of the following is an example of a program to write documents?

2/3

Q3.What is the purpose of a general-purpose computer?

3/3

Lesson summary: Get in gear

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