Unit 1: Opening the Black Box: Decoding the World of Algorithms


This lesson will provide students with a foundational understanding of what algorithms are, how they work, and where students might encounter them in their daily activities. We will begin by demystifying the term “algorithm” and illustrating its relevance in everyday life. Through engaging examples and real-world applications, students will be equipped with the essential knowledge needed to comprehend the prevalence of algorithms in their everyday lives. By the end of this lesson, students will have a clear grasp of what algorithms are and how they function.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of algorithms and how they function;
  • Recognize the prevalence of algorithms in their daily interactions with digital technologies and identify instances where algorithms play a significant role in their everyday activities, such as internet searches, social media recommendations, and online shopping;
  • Critically assess and evaluate the impact of algorithms on everyday life.