Glossary W

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Watering hole

A place, either physical or digital, to gather for peer learning and sharing.

Digital

Web

See www

 

Web 2.0

The second stage of development of the Internet, characterised especially by the change from web pages that were fixed, to ones that could be changed, updated and the growth of social media.

Social media

Webcam

A video camera on a computer. The video it takes goes, via the computer to the computer network. E.g. Skype and Facetime use webcams to allow the people online to see each other in real time, as they are talking.

Skype, Facetime

WebQuest

A lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the Internet. The learners have to source the information from the Internet for themselves.

 

Website

A collection of pages on the web put together by an organisation or person so that other people can access their information. Websites are accessed via the internet and using the identifier, URL address specific to that website.

Identifier, URL

Web server

A computer system that transfers files, requested by a user, from websites to their computer.

Server

Whanau

A group linked and connected either through blood and/or spirit.

 

Whanaungatanga

In the learning context, this is a focus on the quality of teaching-learning relationships and interactions and the agency of the teacher in establishing a whanau-like context that supports engagement and learning.

 

Wicked problems

A problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognise. The use of term 'wicked' here has come to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Wicked problems allow the learners to develop critical thinking skills, to become comfortable with ambiguity and lack of resolution, and to value the learning process, rather than necessarily a tidy solution.

 

Wi-fi

A means to connect, without wires, to the internet. All laptops, tablets, smart phones have wi-fi allowing connection to the internet and other wi-fi capable devices, such as some printers.

Internet

Wiki

A simplified website availble for free use. These are quick and easy to set up and customise. Multiple users (with permission) can access and contribute to the wiki and many schools use these for things such as class blogs, project work and presentations.

Blog

World Wide Web (www)

World Wide Web (the web) is an open source information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs, interconnected, and can be accessed via the Internet.

Open source, Idenitifers, URL

Workshop

As a verb, this means a group of people engaged in intensive discussion or activity which is focused on a particular subject or project.

 

www

World Wide Web (the web) is an open source information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs, interconnected, and can be accessed via the Internet.

Internet, Open source, URL