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Usually taken to stand for Really Simple Syndication, RSS is what makes it possible to subscribe to podcasts and blogs. See the chapter by John Evans, What Are RSS Feeds and Why Haven’t I Heard About It?(RSS Feeds from an Educator’s Perspective) on page 11 for a fuller explanation.


is an extension of the web that will allow people to find,

share, and combine information more easily. It works by using machine- readable information.

This is a “universal” method of website log-in being explored and piloted by Becta in the UK. See http://www.becta.org.uk/corporate/display.cfm?section=22&id=4665 for fuller details.

A video blog. This is a relatively new development. A vlog is similar to an ordinary blog, but uses video rather than text. See Video blogging: Terry Freedman interviews Paul Knight, on page 48, for more details.

Virtual learning environment: software which allows teachers to track students’ progress, manage course content, and so on. See http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=248 for a fuller explanation.

A great proponent of social constructivism, Vygotsky introduced the concept of the zone of proximal development. This is the area of knowledge that is just out of reach of a learner, but which can be brought within his or her reach through working with a peer.

Well, there’s some debate about exactly what it means! See the introduction to this booklet, Steve Lee’s article and the following:

http://www.squidoo.com/introtoweb20/. http://www.roughtype.com.

http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2006/02/fact checking n.html (thanks to Steve Lee for these 3).

http://m.fasfind.com/wwwtools/m/2756.cfm?x=0&rid=2756 (thanks to Stephen Downes for this reference in his newsletter OLDaily1.

A web page that can be edited in situ by anybody who has been granted access to it. This is a great tool for collaboration and is mentioned in several chapters in this booklet. See “Wikis: an introduction” on page 83for a more comprehensive exposition.

The main phases of school life in the UK are as follows:



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