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Tablets

A small portable computer. It has a touchscreen that is used to input data E.g and iPad.

Touchpad

Teacher as change agent

The teacher is the agent of that change, assisting students to become independent, confident self learners. The teacher believes they can make a difference, that their fundamental role is to extend students' horizons and support all students to be successful.

Growth mindset, Mindset

Teaching as inquiry

The NZ Curriculum outlines a cycle of inquiry that teachers use to learn from their practice and build greater knowledge about effective pedagogy (p35). The purpose of Teaching as Inquiry is to develop a cycle of improvement in teaching. This translates into improved learning outcomes for all students. The teacher uses all available information to reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching, both day-to-day and after a unit of work is completed. They examine how well students are learning and make adjustments to the planning as necessary to maximise that learning.

Pedagogy, Inquiry

Team teaching

Team teaching involves a group of educators working purposefully, regularly, and collaboratively to help a group of students to learn. Teachers together set goals for a course, design a syllabus, prepare individual lesson plans, teach students, and evaluate the results. They share insights, debate with one another about what works and why, and what to do next. They have a collective responsibility to extend all students' learning.

Collaboratively

Technology literacy

Technological literacy is the ability of an individual, working independently and with others, to responsibly, appropriately and effectively use technology tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create and communicate information. Used alongside and often interchangeably with 'digital literacy'.

Digital literacy

Technologically fluent

Being technologically fluent involves not only knowing how to use technological tools, but also knowing how to construct things of significance with those tools.

 

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the sharing of ideas to develop a deeper understanding of the world. TED talks cover a wide range of topics and are usually about 15 minutes long. Teachers use these to spark interest and discussion among students. (TEDx are talks run independently by communities. E.g. Wellington has held TEDx talks)

 

The learning pit

See learning pit

Learning pit

The web (World Wide Web)

An open source information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs, interconnected, and can be accessed via the Internet.

Idenitifers, Open source, URL

Touchpad

A surface on a digital device that senses movement and translates that into instructions, as in a mouse, to the device.

Mouse

Transformative pedagogy

Teaching practice that changes the way students are educated and their approach to learning. The pedagogy is focused on the principles of work (making useful products or providing useful services), co-operation and enquiry. Transformative education is democratic and involves students and teachers in dialogue, listening, acting and reflecting on the outcomes of their actions. Students are actively engaged, asking critical questions, and searching for additional information.

Pedagogy

Transparent learning

Learning that is understood, shared and visible in the classroom.

 

Tuakana teina

A supportive relationship between two people, often they will both learn from each other. It is a concept from Maori context where it is far more than peer support. Usually the tuakana is an older or wiser person and the teina, a younger or less experienced person. This is often used in the context of teaching and learning, or pastoral support relationship between students. Sometimes the roles of tuakana and teina are reversed in the relationship as the contexts change.

 

Tweak to transform

The title of a handbook for schools to achieve sustainable achievement - small actions in order to make a difference. The focus of Tweak to Transform is what head teachers and school leaders can do to manage the change process and improve the quality of teaching in a school.

Sustainability

Twitter

An online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140 character messages called 'tweets' or to share someone else's 'tweet' by 'retweeting'.