As consumers we expect computers to process information as quickly as possible
so that programs run faster, websites load faster, and we don’t have to spend a
long time watching progress bars and the spinning wheel that appears when
computers are thinking about something!
One way to increase the speed of a computer is to write programs that use fewer
computational steps (as shown in the lessons on sorting and searching
Another way to solve problems faster is to have several computers work on
different parts of the same task at the same time, which is what this unit
or jump straight to a lesson of the unit:
Ages 5 to 7
In the teacher observations sections there may also be background notes on the big picture. There is no expectation that 5 to 7 year olds will need to know this, but if you are asked, you have the answer at your fingertips.
Reinforcing numeracy through a Sorting Network
The following resources are used in Sorting networks lessons, and can
be accessed here (and also on each lesson page).