Representing images using binary: totems

In this lesson, students will interpret a First Nations Australian artwork by representing an image they create as a binary image with accompanying code.

Additional details

Year band(s) 5-6
Content type Lesson ideas
Format Web page
Core and overarching concepts Data representation, Digital systems
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Explore how data can be represented by off and on states (zeros and ones in binary)


Explain how digital systems represent all data using numbers

Keywords totems, pixel, image, spreadsheet
Integrated, cross-curriculum, special needs Mathematics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures



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