• Computer Lab Vocabulary List

    This is the complete list of words used in the computer lab.  Words are divided into grade level during class.

    Active cell  - The thick-bordered cell where you can enter numbers or formulas in
    a spreadsheet.

    Algorithm  - A list of steps that you can follow to finish a task.

    Alignment  - How your text conforms to the left and right margins of a page. The text
    can be right-aligned, centered, left-aligned, or fully-aligned/justified.

    AND -  A way to search for information using the words AND, OR and NOT. Boolean
    logic was created by English mathematician George Boole 150 years ago.

    Animated Clipart  -  A moving clip art graphic.

    Anti-Virus - An application designed to search for viruses and repair files on a computer.

    Applications - Programs that allow you to accomplish certain tasks such as write letters,
    analyze numbers, sort files, manage finances, draw pictures, and play games.

    Arrow keys - The keys on computer keyboard used to move the cursor up, down, left,
    or right on your screen.

    Ascending Order - Organizing or sorting information in order from smallest to largest,
    or A-Z or 1-9

    Audio - Relating to sound or its reproduction of sound.
    Augmented Reality - a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
    AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) - A set of rules and guidelines that are set up to
    regulate Internet use and to protect the user.

    Axis - A feature of a chart, on which you can plot numbers. The horizontal line is
    called the X-axis, and the vertical line is called the Y-axis.

    Bar graph - One type of graph developed from spreadsheet data that uses parallel
    bars to compare data and changes in data over time.

    Bold -  A style of text that makes a letter or word darker and thicker to stand
    out in a document.

    Button bar - A horizontal strip of buttons near the top of a window. It provides
    shortcuts for commonly used commands. Also known as a toolbar.

    Buttons  - The little boxes on your screen that you click on with your mouse to
    accomplish a task. Most buttons contain small pictures (icons) that display what they
    do, such as a small printer that can be clicked on to print a document.


    Calculate - The working of mathematical equations. Formulas that are usually used
    in spreadsheets allow the computer to automatically perform calculations.

    Cell - The space at the intersection of a row and column in a spreadsheet.

    Chart - A way to present information from a spreadsheet in the form of graphs
    or tables. 

    Circle graph - A picture showing the relationship of two or more sets of data
    using a circle.

    Clip art - Drawings you can add to your documents or presentations. Clip art
    includes items such as cartoons, maps, symbols, and flags. 

    Coding - A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages. The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code.
    Collaborate - To work jointly with others or together especially in an
    intellectual endeavor.

    Column - The vertical divisions in a spreadsheet that are named with
    an alphabetical letter.
    Computer - a programmable electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical operations at high speed, and display the results of these operations. 

    Copy - To make an exact copy of information in your document, so you can
    place in order to duplicate it in a new location.

    Copyright Law - The law that protects the exclusive legal right to reproduce,
    publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something

    CPU (Central Processing Unit) -  The main chip that allows computers to
    do millions of calculations per second and makes it possible for users to write letters and balance your checkbook.

    Credits  - To give reference to the creator and source of the information
    used in a presentation.

    Cursor - This is where the action is located on your screen, represented
    by a flashing line. When you type on your keyboard, the information appears at the cursor.

    Cyberbully - The electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a
    person (as a student) often done anonymously.
    Database - An organized collection of related information that can be used for searches. 
    An application that helps manage large collections of information. 
    Delete - A key used to erase characters.

    Descending Order - Organizing or sorting information in order from
    largest to smallest, Z-A or 9-1

    Desktop - The background on the windows, menus, and dialog boxes
    on a PC. It is supposed to represent a desk.

    Desktop publishing - Using features of word processing/DTP software
    to format and produce documents, letters, reports, flyers, and newsletters with graphics.

    Digital - Characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology.
    Domain - The part of an Internet address that identifies where a person's
    account is located. For example, in the address jdoe@dpi.state.nc.us, the
    domain is everything after the @.

    e-books - A book composed in or converted to digital format for display
    on a computer screen or handheld device.

    Electronic - of, relating to, or utilizing devices constructed or working
    by the methods or principles of electronics.
    E-mail - Sending and receiving messages through a computer network.
    This process requires a computer, modem or network connection, and an e-mail address. 

    Edit - To make changes in a document or presentation.

    Enter/Return - The key used to begin a new line in a word processor,
    or to enter information into a spreadsheet. It is the same as clicking OK in a dialog box.

    Entry bar - The field where information is entered in a spreadsheet.

    Ethical - Involving questions of right and wrong behavior, following accepted
    rules of behavior: morally right and good.

    Evaluate - To determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by
    careful appraisal and study.

    Field - A place in a database record where a category of information can
    be entered or located.

    File - A set of related records in a database.

    Firewall - Technology that prevents users from visiting inappropriate
    web sites, and protects the network from unauthorized users.

    Font - The shape and style of text.

    Format - To set the margins, tabs, font or line spacing in layout of a document.

    Formatting Tools - Tools that are used to give shape, size, and
    general makeup (as of something printed).
    Freeware - Software written and then donated to the public, so
    anyone is free to copy it and share it with their friends. This is not
    the same as shareware or commercial software, which is supposed to be paid for.
    Gif (Graphic Interchange Format) (Pronounced "jiff.") - A file format for
    pictures, photographs, and drawings that are compressed so that they can
    be sent across telephone lines quickly.
    GPS - A navigational system using satellite signals to fix the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth's surface.
    Graph - A picture showing the relationship of one or more sets of
    numbers to each other. Some graph types are line, bar, area, and pie graphs.

    Graphic - Images/pictures created, edited, and/or published using a computer. 

    Greenscreen -  The technique of photographing or filming an actor or object against a green monochrome backdrop, and replacing the backdrop with material from a different image using a color filter.
    Hacker - An unauthorized person who secretly gains access to computer files.

    Hardware - Part of the computer system such as a keyboard, screen,
    mouse, joystick, printer, speakers, etc.

    Highlight  - To choose part of a document by clicking and
    dragging over it with the mouse to highlight the text.

    Home page - An introductory screen on a web page on the World Wide Web,
    used to welcome visitors. A home page can include special text or graphics
    on which you click to jump to related information on other pages on the Web. 

    Home row - Keys on the keyboard with fingers of the left hand are on A-S-D-F
    and fingers on the right hand on J-K-L-;

    Host - The name given to a computer directly connected to the Internet.
    Host computers are associated with computer networks, online services, or
    bulletin board systems.

    Hyperlink  - Special text when clicked, jumps the user from one related topic to another.

    Illustration - Clip art, graphics or drawings on a computer.
    Image - A visual representation of something like a likeness of an object
    produced on a photographic material or a picture produced on an electronic display.
    Indent - To set the first line of a paragraph in from the margin in a word processing document.

    Intellectual PropertyThe property (as an idea, invention, or process)
    that derives from the work of the mind or intellect

    Internet - Term given to the network of computers that provide information world-wide.
    Jpeg (Joint Photographic Experts Group) - A standard for shrinking
    graphics so they can be sent faster between modems and take up less space on your hard drive.
    Keyboard - The hardware device used to enter letters into the computer.

    Keyword - A word or reference point used to describe content on a web
    page that search engines use to properly index the page.

    Label - The term given to the words entered on a spreadsheet usually
    naming a column.

    Landscape - The page setup that permits a document to be printed in a horizontal position.

    Line graph - A graph used to display trends and compare data.

    Line spacing - The span between lines of text

    Linear - Moving in a straight line or path; a multimedia presentation
    that moves in a straight line from image to image. 

    Links  - Connections that bridge one image, page, or word to another
     by clicking on a highlighted word or phrase.

    Math Symbols - Symbols used in a search.

      > Greater than symbol
     < Less than symbol used in a search
    Greater than or equal to
    Less than or equal to
    Not equal
     = Equal to 

    Monitor - The device with a screen used to show computer images.

    Mouse - A tool used to move the cursor and pointer around the screen.

    Multimedia  - To use a combination of text, pictures, sounds, movies,
    and/or animation in a presentation.

    Netiquette -Etiquette governing communications on the Internet.

    Network - A system of connected computers that allows the sharing of
    files and equipment. There are two types of networks: local area network
    (LAN) and wide area network (WAN).
    Non-linear  - Not moving in a straight line or path; a multimedia
    presentation that transitions from one image to another in an order
    that is preset, but not necessarily in a straight path.
    Numeric - Keypad The portion of a keyboard, set up like an adding
    machine or calculator used to enter numbers and equations quickly into the computer.

    Online - Connected to, served by, or available through a system, especially a computer or telecommunications system.

    Online Resources - Internet information available to a computer user.

    Online Safety - Precautions taken to protect personal information and
    images from being misused by others.

    OR - Formal name given to advanced search strategies using AND,
    OR and NOT connectors. Boolean logic was created by English
    mathematician George Boole 150 years ago. 

    Page Set Up - The term in reference to the way a document is formatted to print.

    Password - A code for the security protection to allow access to a
    computer or the computer programs.

    Paste - To insert the last information that was cut or copied into a
    document. Cut and paste can be used to move information within or between documents.

    Personal Information - Information about yourself such as name, address, phone number, birthday or any family members' information.

    Pictogram - Pictures used to create a bar graph chart

    Pie graph - Circle graph divided into pieces that look like portions of a pie.

    Piracy - The unauthorized use of another's production, invention, or conception especially in infringement of a copyright.

    Portrait - The default page setup that prints the document vertically.

    Print  - To put what is on the computer screen on paper. It creates a
    paper copy of the document created on the computer.

    Printer - A hardware device used to make a paper copy of what is
    created on the computer. 

    Probeware - Computer assisted data collection tools.
    Product - something resulting from or necessarily following from a set of conditions. 
    Program  - An algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine.
    Public Domain - Software written and then donated to the public. 
    Anyone can use and copy public domain software free of charge,
    but it is not always the same quality as commercial software.

    Record - A collection of related field and entries.

    Research - The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. 

    Research Process - The exact process of the collection of information about a particular subject.

    Retrieve - Open a saved document.

    Row - The horizontal divisions in a spreadsheet named with a number.

    Save -  To storing information on a floppy disk, hard drive or CD
    for later use. Work should be saved often, every 5 or 10 minutes,
    to make sure your latest changes are safely recorded.

    Save As - To save a document with a new name.

    Search - To look for specific information on the internet or computer.

    Search Engines - Software that searches, gathers and identifies
    information from a database based on keywords, indices, titles and text. 

    Search Strategies - There are 2 basic ways to begin a search. 
    1.  Use subject directories provided by some search engines. The 
    selected resources are grouped by subject, categories, and 
    subcategories that can be used for keyword search or to browse the categories. 
    2.  Use a search engine for large searches using unique keywords or 
    combinations of keywords to narrow the search. 

    Security - Protection of computer, computer files or a computer
    network from use without permission of the owner or owners. 

    Select or Highlight - To choose part of a document by clicking and
    dragging over it with the mouse to highlight the text.

    Server - A special computer used to store programs and files, and
    then sends it out to other computers one or all at a time.

    Shareware - Software that can be tried before you purchase.

    Software - Programs that allow you to accomplish
    certain tasks such as write letters, analyze numbers, sort files, manage finances, draw pictures, and play games.

    Sort - Arranging information in a specific order (usually ascending and descending).

    Source - A firsthand document or primary reference work.

    Spreadsheet - An application that can be used to do calculations,
    analyze and present data. It includes tools for organizing, managing,
    sorting and retrieving data and testing "what if " statements. 

    Stand Alone Computer - A computer that does not rely upon any
    other computer or server to work. 

    Storyboard - A graphic organizer used for planning and developing
    a multimedia report/presentation. The contents, layout, and formatting
    of each card/slide and the linking together of the cards/slides.

    Table - Columns and rows of cells that can be filled with text that are
    used to organize information 

    Telecommunication - The act of sending and receiving information,
    such as data, text, pictures, voice, and video. The exchange of information
    can be within a building or around the globe.

    Technique  - A method or procedure or way something is done.  

    Technology  - The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical 
    means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment.
    Text  - Words on a page.

    Thesaurus - A feature in most word processors used to replace a word
    in a document with one that is more suitable and adds variety to your writing.

    URL Address - Uniform Resource Locator Website address. Example: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us 

    User name - First part of an e-mail address. Example: jmwinton is the user
    name of the following e-mail address. jmwinton@iss.k12.nc.us 

    Value - The term for a number in a spreadsheet that can be added,
    subtracted, multiplied or divided.

    Vandalism - The intentional act of destroying computer files or
    computer networks. 

    Video - A recording similar to a videotape but stored in digital form.
    Virus - A computer program designed to damage computer files.

    Visualization - The act or process of interpreting in visual terms or of putting into visible form

    Web Address - Universal Resource Locator (URL).

    Example: http://www.carteretcountyschools.org

    Web Browser - A computer program used for accessing sites or information on a

    network (like the World Wide Web)

    Wiki - A web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections 
    to a site.  it is a collaboration tool.
    Word processing- Using keyboarding skills to produce documents
    such as letters, reports, manuals, and newsletters.


    Word wrap- This occurs when you get to the end of a line and
    continue typing the text will then go to the next line.

    Worm- A computer file designed to do damage that goes through
    a computer and possibly a network

    WWW (World Wide Web)- The section of the Internet that allows
    access to text, graphics, sound, and even video. A lot of free
    information can be found on the WWW.

    WYSIWYG- an acronym for "What You See Is What You Get" and
    is pronounced "wizzy wig." WYSIWYG simply means that the text and
    graphics shown on your screen exactly match your printouts.


Last Modified on November 29, 2017