Cisco Launches Binary Learning Game

The old binary joke goes, “There are 10 types of people in the world—those who understand binary and those who don’t.” The new Binary Learning Game from Cisco aims to familiarize people in the second group with the language, which is a key element of the networking field, while helping members of the first hone their skills.

“It’s a constant challenge that a networking professional faces,” said Cindy Hoffmann, certification track manager at Cisco. “While some people take to it like fish to water, others find it a little more difficult to grasp. One of the drivers behind focusing on the binary numbers had to do with the fact that it can be a stone wall for somebody. If they can’t get past that point, then it will be difficult for them to proceed. Looking at the CCNA individuals who are just starting their careers, this is a big confidence booster. It’s an important wall that they should be able to scale with confidence. The binary game is built on the premise that if you practice the concept and do it in a way that lets you forget that you’re learning something, it helps you internalize and learn to do it in your head and on the fly when you’re in the trenches.”

The Binary Game helps players determine patterns in the language and subsequently come up with computational conversion methods. The game begins with rows of 1s and 0s appear from the bottom of the screen, not…



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