A Glossary of Useful Ed Tech Terms

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There are a lot of buzzwords in education technology — including the phrase "education technology!"

We've rounded up some of the most common, and we'd welcome your suggestions on what else we should include.

A disclaimer: Many of these words and concepts are pretty new, which means they're also still up for interpretation. Let us know if you have more thoughts in the comments below.

  • 1:1: When an academic institution issues a laptop or tablet to every enrolled student.
  • Blended learning: A method of teaching formally combining online and face-to-face activities. Students usually have some control over time, place, and pace. The Innosight Institute says most schools use one of four models: rotation, flex, self-blend, and enriched-virtual. Also called “hybrid learning.”
  • Bring your own devices (BYOD): A model that allows and even encourages students to use their personal phones, laptops, or tablets to assist with classroom instruction.
  • Digital citizenship: An umbrella term for teaching students to use technology in public, including social media education. New York public schools use the term to incorporate multiple Common Core standards into lesson plans.
  • Early warning systems: Using data to determine which students are at risk of dropping out, based on benchmark indicators collected over a student’s educational career.
  • Flipped model: A form of blended learning in which teachers assign video lectures or other instructional content as homework, and use in-class time to practice or review.
  • Gamification: Involves using games to motivate and increase engagement in learning.
  • Khan academy: A website featuring free micro-video lectures and instructional exercises.
  • Learning environment: Refers to the physical space, context, and cultures in which students learn, which some argue include online spaces.
  • MOOCs: An abbreviation for “Massive Online Open Course,” such as those classes on edX, Udacity, Coursera and FutureLearn. They are mostly free, and mostly geared toward older students.
  • Personalized learning: Tailoring lesson, assignments, and assessments to individual students using technology.
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII): Any data or information collected by an academic institution or partner that can be traced back to a specific student.
  • Rotation model: A form of blended learning in which students rotate between instructional platforms, at least one of which is online. The Christensen Institute breaks rotation out into four types.
  • Screen time: According to the American Association of Pediatrics, this includes any time children spend in front of televisions, computers, phones,video games, or other electronic devices.
  • Interactive whiteboard: A touch-sensitive writing surface that can be used to convey and save information across different local devices such as computers or tablets. Popular brands include “Smartboard” and Eno Board.

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