Code.org Basic Programming Vocabulary
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Pulling out specific differences to make one solution work for multiple problems students.
A list of steps to finish a task. A set of instructions that can be performed with or without a computer. For example, the collection of steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an algorithm.
A way of representing information using only two options.
The visual programming language used in Code.org's online learning system for K-5 students.
An error in a program that prevents the program from running as expected.
One or more commands or algorithm(s) designed to be carried out by a computer.
An instruction for the computer. Many commands put together make up algorithms and computer programs.
Mental processes and strategies that include: decomposition, pattern matching, abstraction, algorithms (decomposing problems into smaller, more manageable problems, finding repeating patterns, abstracting specific differences to make one solution work for multiple problems, and creating step-by-step algorithms).
A field in which people use the power of computers to solve big problems.
Statements that only run under certain conditions or situations.
Getting help from a large group of people to finish something faster.
Quantities, characters, or symbols that are the inputs and outputs of computer programs.
Finding and fixing errors in programs.
Break a problem down into smaller pieces. addresses.
Someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.
The information about someone on the Internet.
DNS (domain name service)
The service that translates URLs to IP addresses.
A method of sending information using telephone or television cables.
An action that causes something to happen.
An action or event that is being constantly monitored for by the computer. When you write code for the computer to perform after that an action occurs, that code, the event-handler, will run every time the action is performed without having to put the commands inside of a loop. Many event-handlers are human-initiated. For example: an event handler might respond when the user clicks the mouse by making the bird flap its wings. "When the mouse is clicked" is an event-handler.
fiber optic cable
A connection that uses light to transmit information.
A piece of code that you can easily call over and over again. Functions are sometimes called 'procedures.' A function definition is a segment of code that includes the steps performed in the function. A function call is the code segment, typically within the main logic of the program, which invokes the function.
A group of computers and servers that are connected to each other.
A number assigned to any item that is connected to the Internet.
A repetitive action or command typically created with programming loops.
The action of doing something over and over again.
Small chunks of information that have been carefully formed from larger chunks of information.
Finding similarities between things.
Trying again and again, even when something is very hard.
A program is an algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine.
To have the computer execute the commands you've written in your program.
Computers that exist only to provide things to others.
The tall grey bar in the middle section of Code.org's online learning system where all the commands you can use to write your program are displayed.
URL (universal resource locator)
An easy-to-remember address for calling a web page (like www.code.org).
A name you make up so that you can see or do things on a website, sometimes called a "screen name."
A placeholder for a piece of information that can change.
A wireless method of sending information using radio waves.
The white area on the right side of Code.org's online learning system where you drag and drop commands to build your program.
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