Short for "application program" or "application software". A set of processes that allows your computer or mobile device to do certain things. Sometimes they need to be added to a device through downloading; other times, they are already loaded into it when you buy the computer or device. IPad "apps" are increasingly used in teaching.
Written programs, procedures, or rules that are stored within the memory of a computer. Computers come with certain ones installed already, but these may need to be updated from time to time.
School subjects that revolve around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They are found at every grade level. Sometimes they use specialized language that needs to be taught explicitly to ELLs.
An audio recording made at a live event and stored at a link on a webpage. By clicking it, we can hear it any time.
A presentation, usually on an academic or business topic, that is attended online, by sitting at a computer. It usually contains a powerpoint slideshow to go with the speaker's narration. We need to register to attend them, but they're often free. Later we can view the slides from the poweropint, and often can download them.
An interactive site that all users can contribute to by signing up to be part of the particular project. There is an online encyclopedia created this way, and it is quickly becoming state-of-the-art
A free online journal set up by an individual or organization to keep people informed of their news and thoughts. Print and broadcast media increasingly have them at their websites. You can look them up by searching, or browse through individual ones at sites such as cafepress.com, blogspot.com, or wordpress.com.
programs or applications that are downloadable to your computer from the internet and are always free to use. Just be careful of the source! cnet.com is a very good and safe source with many downloadable programs.
mac versus pc
Apple computers are nicknamed Macs and have different operation systems from IBM and other computer brands. Many programs and connecting equipment function differently according to which kind of computer the user has.
this is the address of an internet site. It is often used interachangeably with "website address" or "weblink," if you're trying to insert it in a document. It should always begin with http:// or https:// .
This is a colorful way of reffing the Hansel and Gretel story, in which the kids try mark their way home from the deep woods by dropping cookie crumbs along their path (but the woodland animals eat them, and they end up at the witch's house!). In the context of computers, it means the ID information computers leave when they visit websites, kind of like fingerprints, that allow businesses to find you later and send you ads, and sometimes insert their fingerprints into your computer! Most computer clearing software has a way of disabling these and we all hope to not leave these, but it's part of the internet.
People meeting up with other people for common purposes, using the internet. The first example that comes to mind is Facebook, but there are many other examples, including movie review sites, dating, professional connetions, or hobby sites, and many others. Computers are only one tool for engaging in this; phones and other handheld devices are also set up to engage in this.