Common Vocabulary Used at NLI, Beijing, 2010

New Literacies. The term New Literacies refers to the literacies that have emerged through technology and the non-print based cultural shift in how information is retrieved, shared, and created.

New Learning Ecology- The learning ecology has changed because of the evolution of Internet technologies and advancement in media. The New Learning Ecology involves the transition from individual learning to collaborative learning via the Internet

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)- Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge is the complex combination of three primary forms of knowledge: Content, Pedagogy, and Technology.

Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) - In PBI, students go through a process of inquiry and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. Teachers and students pose a compelling question, search information, creatively synthesize information, reflect and evaluate information, and finally share and publish their work.

Scaffolding Instruction- Describes specialized teaching strategies to support learning when students are first introduced to a new subject. Scaffolding gives students a context, motivation, or foundation from which to understand new information that is being introduced. Scaffolding techniques should be considered fundamental to good, solid teaching for all students. In order for learning to progress, scaffolds should be gradually removed as instruction continues, so that students will eventually be able to demonstrate comprehension independently.

Design Studio is the specified time during the Institute when you collaborate with your partner to design and create your PBI.

Baidu - China's most popular search engine. 'Baidu' was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. "...hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood." Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal. (Explanation from Robin Li, co-founder of Baidu).

Online Reading Comprehensionrefers to the reading strategies needed to successfully read and understand information found online. Online Reading Comprehension is an essential component of a 21st Century learner.

Performance-Based Assessments is a form of assessment that allows for an overall representation of student learning. Students demonstrate the scope of knowledge gained on a particular subject rather than simply testing the accuracy of their response to a selection of questions. Students demonstrate what they know how to do or create in addition to what they know.

Cool Tools- Also known as Web 2.0 tools. These are free tools that teachers can use to engage student's interest and enhance student learning.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy- Bloom's Digital Taxonomy breaks down each of the six levels of the revised taxonomy and includes a list of useful print and internet resources. Bloom's Digital Taxonomy is not about the tools and technologies; however,it is about using these tools to achieve understanding, advanced levels of thinking, and creativity.

Design Studio Showcase- This is the time during the Institute where partners will share their creative PBI plans with their teaching colleagues and Institute leaders.

New Literacies Collaborative- The New Literacies Collaborative (NLC) is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and educators who promote research, professional development, and global connections around new literacies. It is located at the Friday Institute, the research and outreach arm of North Carolina State University's College of Education. The NLC is co-directed by Hiller Spires and John Lee.

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