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Icon

A simple symbol representing an object, process, or function. Icons are often shortcuts that invite the user to click on onscreen symbols to access files, programmes etc.

 

ICT

See Information Communications Technologies

Information

Communication

Technologies

Identifier

A name, code or address that is unique to an object and so identifies it apart from others.

Code

Individualised learning

Individualised learning is when the teacher plans for learning outcomes specifically aligned to an individual's strengths, interests or needs. This is commonly a part of personalised learning.

Personalised learning

Information communiation technologies (ICT)

Are all the technology related devices used to communicate. You will often hear more up-to- date terms like digital devices or LwDT (learning with digital devices.) In some schools this is used to refer to the subject area of computer science.

Digital devices, LwDT

Innovative

Something new and different from what has been before with the intention of improving outcomes.

 

Innovative Learning Environment 1 (ILE) OECD definition

The complete physical, social and pedagogical context in which learning is intended to occur. Having the right property and flexible learning spaces (FLS) in particular is only one part of creating an ILE.

Flexible learning spaces, Modern Learning Environment, Student agency, Pedagogy

Innovative Learning Environment 2 (MoE practice tends to equateILE with FLS, although they adopt the OECD statement of ILE)

Modern learning environments and Innovative learning environments are terms used to describe flexible learning spaces, furniture and equipment where teaching and learning can be done differently. They have been designed to support modern learning practices, where student agency is enacted. However, they may not necessarily be used effectively to achieve this.

Flexible learning spaces, Modern Learning Environment, Student agency

Innovative learning practice

See Modern Learning Practice

Modern Learning Practice

Input devices

Input devices allow the user to enter information into the system, or control its operation. E.g. mouse, touchpad, keyboard, webcams and microphones.

Ouput devices, Mouse, Touchpad, Webcam

Inquiry

Inquiry is a quest for knowledge. It is about investigating, seeking information, finding out more about something.

Inquiry learning, Teaching as inquiry

Inquiry learning

Inquiry learning is a process where students gain knowledge about an area of interest by posing questions for investigation, seeking answers, applying their new understandings and sharing their findings. The teacher's role is as a facilitator, guiding students towards purposeful, self-directed learning. Good inquiry learning will have clearly defined expected learning outcomes.

Self-directed learning, Inquiry

Integration of IT (or ICT)

When use of digital technology becomes a seamless part of students' learning.

Digital

Interactive reflection

Reflection that is built into, and a continuous part, of the learning programme. It is ongoing rather than just at the end, so adjustments can be made to a programme in response to the reflection. Sources of information to reflect on can come from a range of sources, both quantitative and qualitative.

Summative

Internet

A global system of computer networks that are all interconnected enabling access to an ever­growing mass of knowledge and information.

Network

Internet of things (IoT)

Refers to objects, each with unique identifiers, with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human- to-computer interaction. E.g. QR codes to iphones, credit loaded onto a card that you use: snapper, VIP coffee cards.

Identifiers, QR codes

Intranet

A network that's owned by an organisation and is only accessible to people associated with the organisation E.g Teachers, students and often parents. It is protected from outside intrusion by a combination of firewalls and other security measures.

Firewall, Network

IT

See Information Communications Technologies

Information

Communications

Technologies