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Network modelling and simulation

Duncan Maidens, Raspberry Pi Foundation


Teaching how computers network together and build LANs, WANs and ultimately the Internet can be a real challenge. Visualising the Web, the Internet, MAC and IP addresses, TCP, DHCP DNS in action can be really difficult. Its part of the National Curricula and something that is difficult to do practically. On top of that, how do we use these amazing resources in a safe way? Through the Cisco Networking Academy you now have access to Packet Tracer and a bunch of resources in order to teach the Communications and Networking Theme from KS1-KS4. Come along and experience an innovative way to teach this topic.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4

Duncan Maidens's biography

Duncan Maidens graduated from University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1987. He started working life as BBC engineer followed by a period as a Royal Navy Instructor Officer. After returning to University and gaining an MSc in Data Telecoms and Computer Networks, Duncan progresses through several research and teaching position at Salford and Staffordshire Universities. Joining BCU in 2001, he led a team of Networking Specialists running the Cisco Academy Program. Whilst at BCU he became involved in CAS, running master teacher training, a CAS Regional Centre then becoming a Regional Delivery Partner as part of the NCCE. In May 2019 he joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation as Director of Computer Science Education.

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