Keeping Electronics Simple and Enjoyable


{In preparation for tomorrow’s presentation at Lynn Grove School, Norfolk I have put together a few thoughts that I consider to be useful when teaching electronics. Do you agree? Please leave your comments below.} 

1, The understanding of electronics is hierarchical – Consider the prior knowledge of each student and offer opportunities for them to take the next step but not necessarily a giant leap.

 2, The acquisition of skills and knowledge can take place “spirally” over a longer period (eg. year to year). Appropriately revisit and build on previously taught material.

 3, Offer activities that learners will engage with:-

  • Make them relevant to their interests.
  • Empower them to take ownership and be more autonomous in their working.
  • Provide real problems that need solving and not just those with a predetermined solution or the same outcome.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding by offering focused hands-on activities rather than just isolated “dry” theory lessons.

 4, Aim for success but encourage and praise “risk taking” even if failure will happen some of the time. We learn by making mistakes if we are able to see these as an inevitable part of a creative process.

Use a Range of Teaching Contexts

  • In the classroom – whilst delivering the National Curriculum
  • During weekly afterschool/lunchtime clubs
  • On school/college “Technology Days”
  • In collaboration with local industries

 Develop a Range of Teaching Methods and Resources

  • Incorporate a varied component, discrete systems and PIC systems approach.
  • Use simulation and real components to generate and test ideas.
  • Develop problem solving techniques through hands-on working.
  • Use focused projects or “kits” to teach skills etc but not exclusively.

I would be interested to know what you think – You can leave your own comment below…

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