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An Introduction to Computer Networking for Teachers

Online Course Highlights
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation via FutureLearn
  • Learn for FREE, Up-gradable
  • Length: 2 Weeks
  • Effort: 3 hours per week
  • 11,861+ already enrolled!
  • ★★★★★ (61 Ratings)
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Language: English 

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

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.

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.


Week 1: Creating Connections

Week 2: Packets & Protocols

Week 3: The Net as a Network

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