Describing the Internet to Elementary Students

If you’re explaining the Internet to your students, try this exercise that graphically illustrates how information is sent. Have some of your students stand in a circle with the rest in the middle, everyone about an arm’s length from each other. Write a sentence on a long piece of paper like adding machine paper, and cut the paper into three or four segments. Designate two people as the starting and end points, and have your class pass the pieces of paper from point A to point B, using different routes for each piece. When the pieces have all arrived at point B, have that person arrange the pieces in the proper order. There! You’ve just illustrated how packets of information are sent over networks and compiled at the other end.

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