Author Archives: Quinn

About Quinn

Designer and founder of QuickLink Systems

What makes a good Key Stage 3 electronics project?

Ofsted’s D and T training resource in 2012, stated: “Good achievement and challenge was evident when students…  demonstrated high commitment to acquiring, analysing and applying knowledge  worked with increasing responsibility and independence, making choices and taking decisions about … Continue reading

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Our Response To The Draft 2014 National Curriculum

Will This Be A Typical D & T Electronics Teaching Activity From 2014? A glimpse into the future (?) if the recently published draft document for the 2014 D and T National Curriculum  becomes statutory.   DON’T LET YOUR STUDENTS BE PUT IN A SIMILAR POSITION! “Your Curriculum Needs … Continue reading

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Newsletter January 2013

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Electronics Learning and Creativity

It has often been asked “How do you manage and assess creativity in school electronics”. Having just read an article by David Warlick, asking the question “Are they students or are they learners?”, I believe that creative working in electronics does require learners. The table below provides … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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James Dyson Comments on The Future of D and T

James Dyson comments… Ideas and invention. This is what drives our economy forward. And they are nurtured by Design and Technology. We desperately need engineers to ask ‘what’s next?’ We need them to challenge the status quo and create new … Continue reading

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Summer Newsletter: Free Downloads

In our Summer newsletter we are providing the first of three FREE classic electronics projects that may be used as starter demonstrations in your lessons. These are featured in our latest Project Tools teaching software as “Acorn Tasks” and may be built … Continue reading

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‘Meeting Technological Challenges’ – Ofsted Report

[In response: See our NEW In-School CPD Electronics Training Course and free electronics software to support schools.] On 25th March 2011 Ofsted published the findings of a 3 year study between September 2007 and July 2010 by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) to evaluate the … Continue reading

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Letting go of ‘Safe’ Electronics Projects!

When I first began teaching Key Stage 3 electronics, I felt it was important to write my schemes of work in great detail. I pre-planned activities in  considerable depth to make sure I  could manage the class and keep everybody busy – especially if I was to be observed by senior management … Continue reading

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“Looking for ideas and inspiration to teach electronics more successfully”?

There are many reasons why electronics is often considered to be a difficult and challenging subject to deliver in the classroom. There are many questions being asked… Does electronics teaching generally need to be based on novelty projects or hidden “black box” technologies alone? Should … Continue reading

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