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E-Learning

E-Learning (Electronic Learning) is learning that is facilitated and supported through the use of digital technologies. It covers a spectrum of activities from supported learning, face-to -face teaching in conjunction with e-learning, known as blended learning, to learning entirely online. It can be self paced and can occur in or out of the classroom or at home.

Blended learning, Digital

E4E

Education for Enterprise. The Ministry of Education defines Education for Enterprise as 'a teaching and learning process directed towards developing in young people those skills, competencies, understandings, and attributes which equip them to be innovative, and to identify, create, initiate, and successfully manage personal, community, business, and work opportunities, including wor king for themselves '. Students have opportunities to engage with local businesses and the community on a real project, where they learn to be entrepreneurial and to take calculated risks.

 

E-book

An electronic version of a traditional printed book that can be downloaded from the Internet and read on a computer or handheld device.

Internet

E-portfolio

An e-portfolio is a way for students to record their work, goals, and achievements, reflect on their learning, share their learning and receive feedback and feedforward. It allows students to represent information in different formats and, depending on the software, take the information with them from their Early Childhood Centre and between schools.

 

Effect size

Effect Size is a way of quantifying the effectiveness of a particular intervention. It allows us to move beyond the simple 'Does it work or not?' to the far more sophisticated,

'How well does it work in a range of contexts?' Effect size emphasises the size of the difference made and is generally measured from 0 upwards, where 0 means there is no effect whatsoever. E.g.Hattie shows that Acceleration strategies can have an effect size = 0.88, Teacher-student relationships (learning relationships) have an effect size = 0.72 while in­class grouping has an effect size = 0.16, similar to programmed instruction = 0.18.

 

EFS

Education for Sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet.

 

Enduring understandings

Enduring understandings are statements summarising important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom. They synthesise what students should understand—not just know or do—as a result of studying a particular content area.

 

Engagement

When students are engaged in their learning they see the relevance of it, it is of interest to them and they want to follow through to improve their understanding, knowledge and skills. Often they will also want to share what they have learned.

 

Engaging content

Curriculum material that excites and motivates students to learn. Most usually this will be authentic learning. In some cases, students will negotiate the curriculum content with the teacher. The teacher will still have a planned learning outcome to be achieved, how the student(s) gets there is the negotiated part.

Authentic

Equity in education

Educational equity is fairness of opportunity, success and learning. Addressing equity issues means identifying and focusing on those students who, for whatever reason, are not succeeding and doing what you can to help them achieve.

 

Ethical decision making

Refers to the process of evaluating and choosing among alternatives in a manner consistent with agreed values. It's about making good choices that promote excellence and equity.

 

Evaluation

A process that focuses on the worth and value of what we're doing. It seeks answers to questions such as "What is the impact?” "How good is this?” "Is it good enough?”

 

Experiential learning

The process of learning through experience, characterised by the learning that occurs as a result of actively reflecting on the experience. This is the opposite of rote or didactic learning in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role.

Didactic, Passive

Exploration

The action of examining an unfamiliar area. Synonyms include investigation, study, research, search, inspection, probe, enquiry, scrutiny.

 

Expansive education

An approach to teaching and learning that develops life-long learners. It is based on the understanding that intelligence is not fixed and that teachers can raise expectations for all learners by developing better thinking and learning. Success is about more than just exam results. It about young people being able to thrive in the real world as well as achieving outstanding results. It moves beyond the school gate to actively engage parents and employers. Teachers are researchers of their own professional practice, and model the dispositions they want in learners.

Disposition

Expressive outcomes

The consequences of curriculum activities that are intentionally planned to provide rich experiences for personal growth. E.g they may refer to outcomes in a curriculum area such as art.

Rich experiences