Category Archives: Curriculum and Creativity

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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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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Taking Ownership and Extending Knowledge

Introduction: When I started teaching electronics to KS3, I found difficulty in finding a way in which the students could feel ownership of their work and extend their knowledge. Project Tools has provided an excellent platform. I tried a number … 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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Get Them Hooked!… We live in an Electronic Society

I have used the earlier version of Quicklink ‘Project Tools’ software to help enhance student’s knowledge at KS3/4 Electronic Products. My school has decided to start GCSE Electronic Products in the summer term of Yr 9 and a new GCSE … Continue reading

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A Creative Approach To Learning

Good to see a creative approach to using technology that’s integrated into learning and teaching rather than technology being used as a substitute for a philosophy of learning.

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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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