Binary: The Foundation of All Computing
- 2 hours on-demand video
- 3 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Read and write binary
- Read and write hexadecimal
- Understand why binary is made of 1s and 0s
- Understand ASCII and Unicode
- Know what a real gigabyte is
- Understand different counting systems (such as Base16 and Base64)
Why do we have to use binary for digital technology? Why do we use zeroes and ones? This video covers the basics and introduces you to the binary concept.
What's a "word"? This video covers the initial terminology you need to know.
This presentation introduces you to App Cat. He's my buddy and I hope you like him, too. You'll be seeing App Cat every once in a while. He helps me illustrate some concepts, but he usually does it in a way that keeps me laughing.
All of the App Cat presentations in this course are for you to read and enjoy at your own pace. Just flip through the presentation like a comic book.
This video is a chalkboard session. Just FYI... I don't start writing until after the first minute or so. If you just see a black screen but you can hear me, then it's working properly.
This is the longest video of the class, so get your favorite drink and snack and get ready to learn how the read binary! You'll want to follow along with your own paper and pencil. The technique for reading binary is very simple, but it may take a few practice exercises before you feel comfortable with it.
This video may be a bit challenging at first. Watch it a couple of times if you need, and ask questions there is something I have not explained clearly. Get ready to go beyond what you learned about numbers and counting. You'll never look at the number "ten" the same again!
- Pencil and paper
- No programming skills needed
- Basic math skills (addition and subtraction)
- Standard calculator skills (multiplication, exponents)
- An open mind to understand new ways of using numbers
- Excitement about knowing how all digital technology works
You should take this course if you want to have mastery over the foundations of digital technology... if you want to look at an HD movie and think "I know how that's working on the root level. Awesome!"
This course is all about binary, hexadecimal, and the core concepts that make all of our modern information technology possible. There are videos, quizzes, and a couple of App Cat episodes in presentation format.
You should watch the videos in order. Some of them build on the content from the last video. There are 3 chalkboard session videos that show the how-to steps for reading and writing binary and hexadecimal. You should watch those with paper and a pencil. You'll want to follow along.
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