Commonly used digital terms:

About me: a personal page about you that works across platforms on the internet

Adobe Creative Suite: software for image and video construction

Alt Text: text used to describe an image on a webpage when an image doesn’t display

Blog: a web log, or online journal

Cache: a temporary collection of data on a web page

CAPTCHA: Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

Copyright: exclusive rights to published material

Copywriter: a writer for commercial purposes

Creative Commons: An alternative to traditional copyrights, this site is a repository of content that originators allow to be duplicated and shared according to specified terms.

CSS: Cascading Style Sheets

CSV: comma separated values

Digital: electronic, able to be read by a computer

Digital Identity:

Digital literacy:

  • the ability to interpret and design nuanced communication across fluid digital forms.
  • the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills: http://connect.ala.org/node/181197#sthash.U0AyjQyk.dpuf
  • A digitally literate person will possess a range of digital skills, knowledge of the basic principles of computing devices, skills in using computer networks, an ability to engage in online communities and social networks while adhering to behavioral protocols, be able to find, capture and evaluate information, an understanding of the societal issues raised by digital technologies (such as big data), and possess critical thinking skills.

Directory: ordered lists of websites in various categories.

DNS: Domain Naming System

Domain: The distinguishing name of a server



Flog: Fake blog or Failure Blog

Forum: an online discussion group

Gif: Graphics Interchange Format. An 8-bit-per-pixel bitmap image format using up to 256 colors.



Google Applications (Google aps):

HTML: HyperText Markup Language

HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol

Information Literacy:

ISP: Internet Service Provider

Lynda.com: technical support system with concise video instruction on a range of topics

Meta data: Information about a web page and the elements on it that provide context and relevancy to search engines

Moodle: an academic course management system.

OS: Operating System


Photoshop: A raster-based Adobe product used for illustration and photography

Ping: Packet Internet Groper–verifies a link or a connection to the Internet.

Plug-in: An extension that adds on capabilities to a software package or application

PSD: Photoshop document (.psd)

QWERTY: a full keyboard


RSS: Really Simple Syndication–allows you to receive/ syndicate information without having to refresh

SEO: Search engine optimization

SIM: Subscriber Identity Module, the identifying chip in a phone

SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

Spider: An automated program that scans or crawls web pages to gather information for search engines. Also called trawlers, crawlers and robots, or bots.

Tag: A tag indicates or labels content


URL: Uniform (or Universal) Resource Locator

UX: User Experience


Vlog: Video log

VoIP: Voice Over Internet Protocol is a system  for voice and sound to be streamed live across the internet

Visual Analysis:

Visual Literacy:

WAP: Wireless Application Protocol

Widget: A window for user interaction