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    What's binary Dad?

    My daughter (Year10) is getting into computer graphics for modifying pictures for her MySpace thingy website/space - whatever

    Anyway, she has managed to learn that changing RGB hex codes (0xFFFF00 etc) she can change colours but didn't know why.

    SO i thought I'd explain hexadecimal to her by reffering her back to the difference between decimal and binary.

    "What's binary Dad?"

    Come on- I said - you must know what binary is?

    "Never heard of it"

    8O 8O 8O

    Now she's a bright kid (must take after her mother I know your all saying :P ) so I tend to believe her if she says she hasn't been told about it.

    But am I right to do so - do they not teach what binary is to kids in maths or ICT?

    (She grasped it straight away and was happy with hex as well so its not that its above her age to understand it)

    regards
    Simon
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    And then we went onto debunking the lies that grownups tell little kids - I'm not talking Santa - I'm not talking Tooth Fairy - I'm talking that Red/Yellow/Blue are the primary colours :P

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    "There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't "

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Yeh - i gave her that joke at the end of the chat (or lecture as my daughters would call them )

    Simon

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Nope, I was never taught binary or hex while I was at school in maths or ICT (1998-2003).

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Nope, I was never taught binary or hex while I was at school in maths or ICT (1998-2003).
    Nope I wasn't either, although I do know of them and know its all 1 and 0's. I bet it went out a about 10 years ago out of the curriculum

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Along with programming, too, as I understand it. WHERE'S THE REAL-WORLD IT!?

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    But come on when last time you used binary

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Subnetting in a Cisco exam

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    I remember being taught binary at primary, 3rd year juniors(early 1980's).
    I must be old

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Thanks for the answers.

    Maybe I'll have a go at teaching it to some of the pupils at one of my schools and see how it goes - could be ideal activity for me to do on a Moodle with them.

    regards

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Nope, I was never taught binary or hex while I was at school in maths or ICT (1998-2003).
    Nope I wasn't either, although I do know of them and know its all 1 and 0's. I bet it went out a about 10 years ago out of the curriculum
    I didn't get taught binary at school either and I took my GCSEs in 1996. However I did do binary and hex maths in college for my IT Applicatations BTEC

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    If i'm honest , i can't remember doing binary at school either, but then again i dont remember much about school at all. Ithas been over 20 years since i left though......... :-(

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Along with programming, too, as I understand it. WHERE'S THE REAL-WORLD IT!?
    We teach VB6...... yeah I know........

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    I did ICT 2000-2002 (a-level only) and never got taught binary, I 'self' learnt it after that but never got 'taught' it until I started my OU degree.

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    Re: What's binary Dad?

    Midget: at least it is something though - a concept of variables, loops, function calls, maybe even some mathematics

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