Glossary

This page includes definitions for technology and terms used on this wiki. You can use the menu in the upper right to navigate to the term.

Blog

Short for weblog, a blog is a journal-type website that allows for easy updating, creating a log of entries. Blogs can be individual websites or group websites.

Blogosphere

The realm of blogs, the connected community of blogs. A portmanteau of blog and logosphere, the world of words or universe of discourse.

Creative Commons

An organization whose aim is to provide creators with a way to easily allow others to use their content without infringing copyright and to allow users to find content that creators have provided.

Edublogosphere

The realm of blogs connected to and discussing education. A portmanteau of education, blog, and logosphere, the world of words or universe of discourse.

Fair Use

An exclusion in copyright law that allows for the use of copyrighted material provided certain criteria for its use are met and provided it is used under certain conditions.

GB

An abbreviation for gigabyte. A gigabyte refers to a unit of storage on a website or computer. A gigabyte is equal to 1,000 megabytes (MB).

Hotlinking

Linking directly to an image instead of uploading it to one's own site. Hotlinking can cause the person whose image is linked to incur high bandwidth charges from their website host and is frowned upon by some and considered theft by others.

HTML

Literally, an acronym for HyperText Markup Language. It is the code used to create most websites.

Mashup

A joining together of two different creations or applications to create something new, such as combining Google Maps with historical images.

MB

An abbreviation for megabyte. A megabyte refers to a unit of storage on a website or computer. A megabyte is equal to one million bytes.

MP3

A common audio file format.

Podcatcher

A client for listening to podcasts. Examples of podcatchers include iTunes, Juice, Winamp, and Zune.

Podcast

A portmanteau of "iPod" and "broadcast." A podcast is an audio program that can be listened to on an mp3 player, such as the iPod, as well as over the Web or in a media program such as iTunes.

POP3

An acronym for Post Office Protocol 3. It is a standard protocol for receiving e-mail. If you use Microsoft Office, Apple Mail, Eudora, or other similar e-mail software products, you receive your e-mail via a POP3 protocol.

RSS

An acronym for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a language used to publish feeds from websites. Feeds are a lot like TV channels. They publish content in a format that we are able to subscribe to using a feed reader much like TV channels publish content that we are able to subscribe to through a cable subscription. RSS feeds are free. All you need to use RSS is a feed reader.

Remix

Remixing is taking creations of others and presenting them in a new way. Rappers often remix music or lyrics from other songs to make new creations.

URL

Literally, an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. It is the link or website address you type into the address or location bar in the browser and usually begins with http.

Wiki

A website designed for quick editing and ease of collaboration. The word wiki comes from the Hawaiian word for "quick." The most famous example of a wiki is Wikipedia. This site, Creating and Teaching Websites and Podcasts, is a wiki.

WYSIWYG

Literally, an acronym for "What You See is What You Get." In practice, it usually refers to a text editor that renders text like a word processor in that if you select italics and type, the word will be italicized. This term was coined to distinguish WYSIWYG editors from code or HTML editors.