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Parent portal

Gives parents access to a part of the school network, typically so they can see their child's work, grades, blogs, e-portfolios etc. The degree of access will vary from school to school.

Blog, e-portfolio, Network

Passive

When applied to learning this is learning where the student is fed information. Teaching is didactic. Students are being instructed and do not have to work things out for themselves.

Didactic

Pedagogy

The principles, practice and art of teaching.

 

Peer assessment

When peers assess each others' work. This is a skill that has to be taught, including how to give and receive high quality feedback.

 

Personalised learning

Instruction that is tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. In a personalised learning environment, the learning objectives and content, as well as the method and pace may all vary (so personalisation encompasses differentiation and individualisation.) Typically students know and understand how they learn and make choices about what and how they learn. This is negotiated with the teacher and will be set within a framework to meet clear learning objectives.

Differentiated learning, Individualised learning

Platform

The computing framework on which computer applications are designed to run, obeying its constraints, and making use of its facilities. Mac OS X and Windows 2000 are examples of platforms.

Software

Podcast

A program available in a digital format, (it could be a video, or an audio recording of a radio programme) that can be downloaded over the internet so other people can see and hear it. Students might make their own podcast as a part of their learning.

Download, Internet

Pond

A central hub, set up by N4L, for digital discovery and participation, where educational resources can be accessed and shared. The resources placed in the Pond are not checked by anybody for their content quality.

N4L, Digital

Post

To place a message in a public message forum.

 

Power of 3

Using at least 2 others to evolve ideas and build understanding before going to the 'expert'.

C3B4Me

Problem-based learning

Working over a period of time to explore open- ended challenges. They may not have a 'right answer'. Sometimes referred to as wicked problems.

Wicked problems

Project-based learning

Learning through working over a period of time to investigate a complex question, problem or challenge. Often these will have a solution.

 

Purposeful learning

Learning that is focused on stretching the student's knowledge, skills and adaptability to the next level of development. The student understands the reason why they are learning what they are learning.