Technology Tutorials and Terminology Review

The following tutorials and terminology review provide targeted training on a variety of relevant technology areas, from Office 2007, to the meaning of current technology terms.  The tutorials are provided free of charge from Microsoft's® website.  Feel free to review only the areas of need identified from the technology assessment, or explore new ways to utilize these tremendous products.
Microsoft Excel 2007
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft Publisher 2007
Microsoft Word 2007

Technology Terminology Index
.com - domain name suffix that indicates the site belongs to a Commercial Top Level Domain (TLD) 

.docx – a document created in Microsoft Word version 2007

.edu - a sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from education, indicating its intended use as a name space for educational institutions, primarily those in the United States.

.gov – domain name suffix that indicates the site belongs to a Government Top Level Domain (TLD)

.jpeg – (Joint Photographic Experts Group) photographic images. JPEGs reduce the original image size by subdividing and simplifying complex images, allowing them to transfer more quickly across an Internet connection.

.mil – domain name suffix that indicates the site belongs to a Military Top Level Domain (TLD)

.net - domain name suffix that indicates the site belongs to a Network Organization Top Level Domain (TLD)

.org - domain name suffix that indicates the site belongs to an organization(non-profit)Top Level Domain (TLD)

.png – (Portable Network Graphics) is a file format for image compression that employs lossless data compression.

.pptx – a presentation file created in Microsoft PowerPoint version 2007

.wav – ( Waveform Audio File Format) an audio file format standard for storing an audio bitstream on PCs

.xlsx – a spreadsheet type document created in Microsoft Excel version 2007

Acceptable Use Policy – (AUP; also sometimes acceptable usage policy or Fair Use Policy) is a set of rules applied by the owner/manager of a network, website or large computer system that restrict the ways in which the network site or system may be used.

Audacity - A a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder

Blog - Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.

Blogger - name for a person who posts information on blogs

Browser - a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.  Some popular examples are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

Chat room - a site on the internet where a number of users can communicate in real time (typically one dedicated to a particular topic)

CIPA – Children’s Internet Protection Act

Cyberbullying - when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.

Distance Learning - The process by which technology is used for education in ways where the student does not have to physically be in the place where the teaching is taking place. Access to the instructor is gained through technology such as the Internet, interactive videoconferencing and satellite.

File Sharing – is the practice of distributing or providing access to digitally stored information, such as computer programs, multi-media (audio, video), documents, or electronic books.

Formative – assessment during the work process with the focus is on improving the process.

IM - (Instant Messenger) Allows users to send and receive short messages instantly.

Interactive Whiteboards - a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device.

 - International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.

Malware- short for malicious software, is a software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. Software is considered to be malware based on the perceived intent of the creator rather than any particular features. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or program.

Message Board – is an online discussion site. It originated as the modern equivalent of a traditional bulletin board.

Microsoft Visio - a diagramming program for Microsoft Windows that uses vector graphics to create diagrams

Objective - undistorted by emotion or personal bias

Photo Sharing - the publishing or transfer of a user's digital photos online, thus enabling the user to share them with others

Podcast - (or non-streamed webcast) is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication. The word usurped webcast in common vernacular, due to rising popularity of the iPod and the innovation of web feeds.

RSS feed aggregator - Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

 – is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between mobile phones.

Spyware - computer software that obtains information from a user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent

Summative – assessment of the completed work or process

TeacherTube - an online community specifically for teachers to place and share instructional videos

Telecollaborative Projects – an educational project that involves sharing information with another person or group of people over the internet.

Trojan - is software that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install, but (perhaps in addition to the expected function) steals information or harms the system.[1] The term is derived from the Trojan Horse story in Greek mythology.

 - a website which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweetsWebQuests - An inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by students is online. By providing links necessary to complete the quest, the student is able to focus on the material rather than spend time looking for it.

Wiki – allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly. Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself.

Wikipedia – a free content, multilingual encyclopedia written collaboratively by contributors around the world.

Worm - a self-replicating malware computer program, which uses a computer network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computers on the network) and it may do so without any user intervention

YouTube - YouTube is a video sharing website on which users can upload and share videos.