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Technology terms

Technological terms

TermDefinition
.com A website extension that identifies the site as a commercial site
.edu A website extension that identifies the site as an educational institution, usually a college or university
.org A website extension that identifies the site as a non-profit, non-governmental organization
Benchmark a translation of a standard into what the student should know and be able to do at developmentally appropriate levels (i.e., grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
Buffer The buffer is a section of the computer where data is stored before being used. This buffering allows time for an application to fix differences in bit rates among other things. It creates a space of time for compensation.
Byte A unit of space. It is also used to represent a series of seven or eight ASCII code digits representing a character.
C++ A popular programming language
Cache A memory section of the hard drive that holds information while the CPU is working on it
Cc Carbon copy or Confidential Copy—send a copy of an email to another person
CD-ROM (Compact Disc-Read-Only Memory) a storage media that is able to store up to 660MB of information (e.g., text, graphics, audio, and full-motion video)
Chevron Double arrows at end of tool bar that allow you to show buttons on two rows
Clipboard A windows program that saves information you copy, to be pasted into a program later
Computer a programmable machine designed to automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations
Content Standard a description of what students should know and be able to do within a particular discipline or content domain
Curriculum Framework serves as a bridge between standards and the classroom and provides curriculum content, organization, and presentation
Cursor visually distinct mark on a display indicating where newly typed text will be inserted. The cursor moves as text is typed and, in most modern editors, can be moved around within a document by the user to change the insertion point.
Data Anything that is recorded or used for processing. The stuff that transfers between computers needed a name -- data seemed good.
Database One or more large structured sets of persistent data, usually associated with software to update and query the data.
Desktop Publishing the use of a computer to produce documents for publication
Dialog Box A box that contains a message, often requesting more information or allowing you to select among options
Digital a series of small samples of data playing together very quickly (30,000 times a second).
Dingbats Picture fonts
Domain A group of computers whose hostnames share a common suffix, the "domain name". The last component of this is the top-level domain.
Download To save a file onto your computer from another source, like the Internet. People often download files, such as free-ware, share-ware, for installations, and sounds, movie clips, text files, or news streams onto their computer for viewing or listening.
Drill down Moving from a general level to a detailed level
Drop down arrow The black arrow next to a tool that provides selections within a tool
Drop down Menu A menu that has multiple commands that show when you select it
E-Mail (Electronic Mail) correspondence across a network by way of an on-line message-handling computer program
Ethernet a system for connecting a number of computer systems to form a LAN, with protocols to control the passing of information and to avoid simultaneous transmission by two or more systems
Graphing Calculator a hand-held calculator that, in addition to performing calculations and functional operations, can graph functions and relations
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