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Mahi tahi

In education, this is working together collaboratively in the pursuit of learner-centred education goals.

 

Manaakitanga

Describes the immediate responsibilty and authority of the host to care for their visitor's emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing. In the learning context, these encompass the need to care for children and young people as culturally located human beings, through providing safe nurturing environments.

 

Matrix

A table with columns and rows of interrelated information. In education, this is often a rubric.

Rubric

Media literacy

An aspect of literacy education. It provides a focus across the extensive range of media (from print to video to the Internet) to develop skills to access, analyse, evaluate, create, interact and participate with messages.

 

Mentoring

Helping someone to develop personal skills. It is usually long term and about the relationship built between the mentor and person being mentored. It is not about improving performance in a desired outcome which is coaching.

Coaching

Metacognition

Thinking about thinking. Having the awareness and understanding of thought processes and how you use them. It includes knowing how to go about solving a problem, what strategies to use and when, the best way to learn something, and how to judge progress and comprehension.

 

Minecraft

An online video-game used for a wide range of purposes. As a player, you use blocks to build structures and landscapes. The game can include treasures and surprises and problems to solve, so is very engaging for students. It is used very effectively in some schools for educational purposes, such as planning and modelling a local market. There is a version for building chemical molecules.

 

Mindset

A fixed mental attitude or disposition formed from experience that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.

Disposition

MMS (Multi-media messaging service)

A service that allows you to send pictures and small files just as you would send a text message.

Files

Moblogging

Posting to your blog via your mobile device usually your phone.

Blog, Posting

Modern

The word modern comes from the Latin, which translated means 'for this time'. Thus the concept of 'modern' should be considered in the continuous verb sense. It is not something that is fixed in a moment in time but ever moving forward. So Modern Learning Practice is ever changing to meet the new needs as they arise.

 

Modern learning environment (MLE)

A modern learning environment is a learning space that is flexible enough to enable different teaching and learning uses in the space E.g. a large group of students might be working with the teacher on one activity, while two smaller groups are working together elsewhere and one or more children have quiet spaces where they work independently.

Flexible Learning Space, FPS, Innovative Learning Environment 2

Modern learning practice (MLP)

Incorporates responsive teaching practice, student ownership of learning, high levels of engagement, authentic contexts, the development of competencies and the strategic use of digital technologies to connect, collaborate, create and share learning.

Authentic, Collaborate, Digital technologies, Ownership of learning, Responsive curriculum

MOOC (Massive open online course)

An online course aimed at unlimited participation with access for all via the web.

Online

Moodle

An open source, online courseware platform that runs with all major operating systems. Moodle is used to create a virtual classroom via the Internet where teachers and students can contribute material relating to their learning.

Open source, Operating system, Virtual classroom, Online, Internet

Moral imperative/ purpose

A moral imperative in education is a driver for change focused on providing the best possible outcomes for students.

 

Mouse

An input device for computers. Moving the mouse allows you to move an arrow to items on a computer screen. You can then move or select these items.

 

Multi-modal learning styles

More than one learning style is used. It is common for all students to use more than one style in their learning. This can also change depending on the context of learning. E.g. for maths a student may learn better when working socially, whereas in music they may prefer to work on their own.

Learning styles

Multiple platforms

Two or more operating systems. For example, if a program E.g. Word, will run on Windows and Apple, the software is said to support multiple platforms.

Operating systems, Software, Platforms, Windows, Apple

'Must dos' and 'Can dos'

A structure that lets students know what activities they must to do with a range of choices of other activities they can choose to do. Students manage these within their daily learning.