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Network Topologies Unplugged

Teaching network topology through investigation with bits of string

Paul Powell

Created by Paul Powell
last edited May 03 2014 by Paul Powell

This is an outline lesson plan along with a handout to teach network topology. No computers needed - just scissors and string!

The plan is really my own notes - so please ask questions. The lesson is designed to be an investigation - encouraging pupils to find their own solutions and work out how different topologies work.

I ran this in the main hall of the school and it was one of the best lessons I have run this year.

The photo shows four pupils making a ring network and the beginnings of a star in the background.

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