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Tech Vocab

TermDefinition
Assistive technology A set of adaptive tools that support students with disabilities in learning activities and daily life tasks
E-mail messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network.
Simulation Programs, either in software or Web-based form, that model a system or process
Bulletin board An electronic message center for a given topic
Hypermedia A linked form of multimedia that allows learners to make connections to different points in the program based on their background knowledge and learning progress.
Icon Pictures displayed on computer screens that act as symbols for some action or item
Database program A computer program that allows users to store, organize, and manipulate information, including both text and numerical data
Spreadsheet programs Computer programs that are used to organize and manipulate numerical data
Internet The complex web of interconnections among computers that allows people to communicate and share information worldwide
Website A location on the World Wide Web identified with a uniform resource locator (URL)
Uniform resource locator (URL) A series of letters and/or symbols that acts as an address for a site on the Internet
Chat room A site on the Internet where many people can simultaneously communicate in real time
Problem-based learning An instructional strategy that uses a problem and the data gathered in attempts to solve it as the focal point of a lesson
Distance learning Organized instructional programs in which teachers and learners, though physically separated, are connected through technology
Software the programs and other operating information used by a computer
Pixel a minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed
Computer Literacy the ability to use computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving
Instructional Technology the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources
Tutorial A software program that delivers an entire integrated instructional sequence similar to a teacher’s instruction on the topic
RAM (random access memory) the place in a computing device where the operating system, application programs and data in current use are kept so they can be quickly reached by the device's processor.
Plotters a printer that interprets commands from a computer to make line drawings on paper with one or more automated pens
Port The most common definition, is a place on your computer that information goes into and out of. Examples USB Ports and Parallel Ports. The second definition is an Internet port. Every service that you connect to on the Internet listen on a particular port
Expansion Slot a socket on the motherboard that is used to insert an expansion card (or circuit board), which provides additional features to a computer such as video, sound, advanced graphics, Ethernet or memory.
CD-ROM (Compact Disc, read-only-memory) an adaptation of the CD that is designed to store computer data in the form of text and graphics, as well as hi-fi stereo sound
Video Port it is a socket on the back of a computer used to connect a monitor. On a PC, the standard video port is a 15-pin VGA connector for an analog monitor. DVI connectors are also used for direct digital output to flat panel displays
Processor Its basic job is to receive input and provide the appropriate output. While this may seem like a simple task, modern processors can handle trillions of calculations per second.
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