Education

What Is Electricity

Daniel Koch

Issue 1, July 2017

ABOUT THE CLASSROOM: Over time, this column will enhance your understanding of electricity and electronics at a foundation level. The aim of the Classroom is both to educate and empower educators. Topics will be explored with a broad audience in mind; however, links will be made – where possible – to curriculums for high school, primary, and even early childhood. The ACARA curriculum will be used as a reference point, since all states (except for New South Wales) have adopted it, and New South Wales is in the process of syllabus review. Some topics will not be linked to syllabus at all, making it ideal for non-educators; while others will be directly linked, intended for educators. Regardless, each article will provide value and interest for all readers. If you have advanced knowledge, you may find some topics appear slightly incorrect or incomplete; however, this will usually be a result of the simplification process. Where possible, educational terminology and jargon will be avoided; except in those cases where a paragraph can be reduced to a sentence by using it. In this and all other instances, the point being made will be most relevant to educators – be they teachers, tutors, or home-schooling parents. If others are inspired to learn more, there is a lot of reading available on modern teaching and schooling. Commonly used terms, such as ‘scaffolding’, will feature prominently in any reading you may wish to do.

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