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Semaphore and Morse Code

January 24, 2012

In ICT this term Year 3 will be concentrating on the ‘C’ for Communication. They have been looking at different methods of sending messages over long distances. In the first week they tried some semaphore and sent messages across the classroom. This week they had a go at transmitting messages using Morse Code. They had bulbs and switches set up with very long wires that meant they could send messages down the corridor and around the corner. Next week they will begin to look at a more modern form of long-distance communication – e-mail.

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  1. January 24, 2012 10:04 pm

    Hello Year 3,

    Morse Code is a very interesting way to communicate. It’s been around since the 1800s and was the easiest, most efficient way of sending signals over electrical wires. It may not be as important to communication in most areas today but there are clubs of people who keep the tradition going. In a local museum in my area, there are people who demonstrate its use.

    Here is a link to an audio Morse message you might be able to translate…

    Leave a reply if you understand or want to prepare a file for me to try to read. Just a clue, I have software to help me encode and decode Morse but I did learn a little when I was a Scout. 🙂

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

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