Antivirus Program – A software utility program that searches digital media for programs or pieces of code that are loaded onto technology systems and run without the user’s knowledge or permission.
Blog – An online journal comprised of links and postings in reverse chronological order that is intended to by viewed or commented on by others.
Cyberbullying – Using technologies, including e-mail, Web sites, instant messages, and cellular telephones, to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone.
Data – Discrete pieces of information that can be organized for analysis or used for decision making.
Data Encryption – Converting data into a code that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized individuals.
Digital Media – 1. Any form of information, including text, graphics, audio, and video, that is stored on a technology system or device. 2. Any storage device that holds digital content, including Universal Series Bus (USB) drives, music player (MP) 3 devices, compact diskettes (CDs), and digital video diskettes (DVDs).
Digital Tools – Hardware or software that aids in gathering data, organizing information, and creating products. Examples: word processing software, concept mapping tools, spreadsheet software, probes, personal digital assistants.
Ergonomics – The applied science of equipment design intended to maximize productivity by reducing user fatigue and discomfort. Something that is ergonomic is designed for safe, comfortable, and efficient use.
Digital Citizenship – The responsible, ethical, legal, and safe use of technology systems by individuals as members of society and citizens of the global community.
Global Awareness – A conceptual understanding of global and cultural perspectives, including social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors.
Handheld Device – A portable computing device that can easily be used in-hand and typically consists of a small visual display screen for output and a miniature keyboard, touch screen, or stylus for user input. Examples: cellular telephones, MP3 devices, personal digital assistants.
Input Device – Any device that feeds data into a computer. Examples: keyboard, mouse, stylus, touch screen.
Instant Messaging (IM) – Exchanging text messages between two or more individuals through a software application in real-time.
Multimedia Presentation – Using any combination of text, graphics, audio, or video to present information.
Network – Technology systems connected together to share information.
Networked Technology System – Any technology system that includes hardware, software, or peripherals and connects with other technological systems using cables or wireless frequencies.
Operating System – The first software program to load into a technology system’s main memory when the device is turned on. It manages all other programs of a technology system.
Output Device – Any device capable of representing information from a technology system. Examples: printer, plotter, display screen.
Podcast – A digital media file or collection of digital media files distributed over the Internet for playback on portable media players and other technology systems.
Simulation Software – Programs that imitate real phenomena. The programs model real-world situations and processes such as weather conditions, chemical reactions, construction models, economic trends, and management of virtual businesses; can be used to design and test equipment without actually building the equipment.
Social Networking – Online communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.
Technology System – Any technology device that includes hardware, software, or peripherals. Examples: computers, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, MP3 devices.
Touch Screen – A display screen sensitive to human touch that allows a user to interact with the technology system by touching graphics or text on the screen.
Touchpad – A stationary pointing device with a small, flat surface over which a user slides a finger using the same movements as when using a mouse. The pad's surface can be tapped as an alternative to pressing one of the touchpad keys.
Troubleshoot – To analyze a technology system that is not operating correctly and then apply strategies to solve problems.
Virus – A program or piece of code that is loaded onto a technology system and runs without the user’s knowledge or permission.
Wiki – Server software that allows users to collaboratively create, edit, and link Web pages using any Web browser.
Worm – A program or algorithm that replicates itself over a network without a user’s knowledge or permission and performs malicious actions, including depleting a system’s resources or shutting down a system.