bubble2.pngGlossary of Terms

Taken From: Kajder, S. (2010). Adolescents and digital literacies learning alongside our students. NCTE Urbana:IL. p. 109-110.

Bebo: A popular social networking website where users create profiles and are able to comment on one another’s pages, photo collections, etc. The students can use Bebo as a place for discovering new musicians’ work through artists’ profiles, though several do the same with MySpace.
Microblogging: A form of blogging in which writers are limited to 140 characters. Topics tend to be focused on a single ideas, “status updates,” or condensed URLs. Example tools include Twitter and Plurk.
Cloud computing; Software, storage, and resources make available online through an account login (e.g., what once was stored or run from a computer can now be help and run online.)
Moodle: An open-source course management tool including spaces for teacher to post assignments, run assessments, create and foster collaborative discussions, etc. (Similar to Blackboard but free and continually developed by the community of user-programmers working on the open-source code that supports the tool.)
Creative Common Licenses: These licenses help to signal how context can be used, ranging from requiring attribution to the original writer/creator, to requirements about its use for commercial or share-alike purposes. Orienting students to how these licenses function is key to teaching them to understand how to use content they find online.
Ning: An online platform for building your own social network community.
De_licio_us: A tool for social bookmarking. On the simplest level, users can post their bookmarks under a username/login so they can be accessed from any computer at any time. To aid in organization, bookmarks can be tagged. Users have the option to keep content private, to share it with specific users, or to make their bookmarks and tags public. The social part of the tool comes into play when it comes to sharing bookmarks or researching through tags or tag clusters.
Podcast: Audio or video files available for free download. Listeners are able to subscribe to the podcast (i.e., allowing for automatic downloads when new content is made available) through a “podcatching” tool (i.e., iTunes) using RSS to locate new content.
Fanfiction sites: Websites where “fans” of particular works, characters, or settings/contexts share their own original writing using those same characters, places, plotlines, etc. Most sites allow for ratings to be posted, ranking and providing feedback to writers from other fans in the community.
RSS: (Real Simple Syndication) A “feed” (e.g., signal) communicating to an aggregator or feed reader that new material is on a site for listening/download.
Flickr: this is another website/sharing tool that can be used in a simple way or that can be used to engage in a participatory community. As such, Flickr can be sued as a website for posting images that are then either private or publicly shared.
Social networking tools: Websites (i.e., Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Ning) for building groups or communities of people who have shared interests and reasons to come together online.
Gmail: A free email account with significant amounts of storage available to users who sign up for a free account with Google. This was one of the first tools developed by Google, leading users to see the company as about more than just a search engine.
Skype: Software that allows users to make phone calls over the Internet. Calls between computers are free and can support multiple users (i.e., conference calls) or video through a webcam.
Google Documents: A free, web-based, cloud-computing set of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and form tools made available through a Google account. Documents can be shared and edited by multiple users at the same time and require only a browser and Internet connection.
Twitter: A popular microblogging tool limiting “posts” to 140 characters. Posting here is referred to as “tweeting.”
Mash-Up: A digital media file that brings together an assortment of text, images, audio, and motion/video files to create a new text.
VoiceThread: An online digital storytelling tool, allowing users to post and sequence images and narration. Viewers have the option of posting audio or print comments. Stories can be made private or public.

Weblog: A website typically used to share ideas, descriptions of events, and comments in chronological order. Further, this “posted” content is responded to by others through comments. Some blog entries involve video (vlog) or audio (podcast). Blogs can be searched through specific search engines like Technorati.com.

Wiki: A readable/ writeable website inviting readers to add to/change/revise content as an editor. Changes are trackable and mapped chronologically.

Wordle: A free web tool resulting in a word cloud-a visual image of words dominantly used in a text inserted in the text field. For example, you can scan a portion of Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” insert that text into the text field in Wordle, and generate a word cloud reflecting the content of the passage. The size of words included in the word cloud is determined by the number of occurrences within the text.

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