Routers and Redundancy

How are messages to the right recipient? Introduce the concept of routing Internet traffic by drawing a comparison to sending a letter. Groups use the Internet Simulator program to send messages to others using the same router and then different routers. They then take a look at the different routes the Internet uses to the send the messages.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Print a router log for the class to see
  • Invite a person from a local Internet provider to discuss the router setup they use
Classroom Considerations

  • Some class members may not be familiar with routers if they only have one computer at home connected to a modem
  • The lesson is the 11th in a series of 19
Pros

  • The lesson plan contains assessment questions to determine pupils' understanding
  • Provides a discussion goal to ensure the point is made during the discussion portion of the lesson
Cons

  • None