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F2F

Face-to-face learning, where the teacher and student are in the same space, face-to-face.

 

Facebook

Facebook (FB) is an online social networking service.

Social networking

Facetime

An Apple app which allows you to make video calls (talk and see who you are talking to in real time). It works between iPhones, iPads, iPad touch and Mac computers.

 

Firewall

A firewall is a collection of programs which act as a gateway to a network, only allowing certain things or people to get through. Typically computers have a firewall which recognises and blocks viruses, hackers and spam. What it blocks depends on the security rules set in the programs.

Network, Viruses, Hacker, Spam

File

This is the way information is stored on a computer. A collection of information is called a file. Several files might be stored in a folder - a little like a manual filing system, but in the computer.

Folder

File sharing

When a file is shared to other people so they can view it and usually work on it. E.g. Google docs allows invited people to access and work on the same file, Dropbox allows people to invite others to share their photographs online.

Google, Google docs, Drop box

Flexible

If a school system is flexible it is able to cater to diverse needs of its students. For example - some senior students may benefit by spending one day a week in work placement. A flexible school system will enable that to happen without disadvantaging the student, for example by not missing assessments on the day they are on placement.

If the pedagogy (how things are taught) is flexible this means that the teaching in the classroom can respond to the strengths, interests and needs of students. For example, some students like to have concise notes given to them before they can begin to understand concepts whereas others prefer to work through exercises and then develop their own notes or graphic to record the concept. Flexible pedagogy will address these differences.

Diversity, Pedagogy

Flexible learning space (FLS)

Are spaces designed to be multidisciplinary and communal spaces. They can be reconfigured in a number of ways for different learning experiences. This means they provide opportunities for people to work together in a variety of ways.

 

FLS

See Flexible learning space

Flexible learning space

Flipped classroom

A way of teaching that reverses the usual practice where subject content is taught in class and students complete homework related to that to develop their understanding. In the flipped model, instructional content is delivered to students, usually online (E.g. short video clips), outside of class time. The lesson time is then used to workshop the material through discussions, working exercises or on projects. This is a form of blended learning as the content students receive is usually digital.

Blended learning, Digital, Workshop

Fluid teaching

Teaching that follows/responds to the students' interests, strengths and needs as they emerge.

 

Folder

A storage place in a computer - a folder contains files, in a similar way to regular office filing systems.

File

Formative assessment

A range of formal and informal assessments that takes place as part of the learning process.

These assessments are done to inform changes to teaching and learning activities to improve student achievement. It typically involves qualitative feedback (rather than scores) for both student and teacher and focuses on the details of content and performance. While formative assessment is usually undertaken by the teacher, it can also be done by peer and self assessment or co-assessment. It is commonly contrasted with summative assessment which occurs at the end of a learning exercise.

Diagnostic testing, Summative assessment, Co-assessment

Freeware

Software that is available for use at no cost or for an optional fee. Usually the sofware will have one or more restricted usage rights.

Creative Commons, Software

Future-focused

In the New Zealand Curriculum, this refers to preparing students for the future by exploring issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation. It also focuses students on the possibilities for them in the future and the vocational pathways to consider.

Globalisation,

Sustainability

Future proof

Is about equipping students with the skills and attributes to help them manage themselves in the future. This is a shift in emphasis beyond just making sure students have the right knowledge/certification as they transition through their formal education. Future-proofing is about preparing students to be the confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners we want them to be.

Connected

Future-oriented learners

Students who have the skills to deal with uncertain futures, and are able to see beyond the here and now, and have future-focused goals. They are inquirers, innovative and curious. Confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners.

Innovative, Inquirers, Connected