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Teaching Computing

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Reducing complexity by focusing on the essential features of an algorithm or data representation and omitting unnecessary detail. Abstraction
A precise step by step method for solving a problem. Named after Iranian mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi. Algorithm
A self-contained program that performs a specific function for end users. Application
A system of reasoning with truth values, true and false, using logical operations such as and, or, and not. Named after British mathematician George Boole. Boolean logic / digital logic
A piece of software that enables a user to locate, retrieve and display information on the world wide web. Browser
The way that a solution to a problem scales as the size of the input increases, considering both the number of computational steps and the memory space required. Complexity
Performing a calculation by executing the instructions of a program on a computational device Computation
A computer or other programmable device that performs computation. Computational device / digital device
The ability to analyse ways to solve problems using appropriate algorithms and data representations, taking account of the complexity of possible solutions. Computational thinking
The scientific study of computation, applied to both hardware and software, covering both theoretical and practical concerns. Computer science
Information which can be stored, retrieved and manipulated in digital form using digital devices. Data
To find, remove and / or change errors in computer code Debug
Images, videos, text or data, or a combination of these, which are made on a digital device. Digital artifacts / digital content
The ability to access and manipulate digital content and understand the implications of its creation and distribution Digital literacy
Created by: Bluejam15