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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Software robots that systematically explore the Web - retrieve information about pages - and index the retrieved information in a database. (used by search engines)

2. Worksheets which contain labels and formulas but no data values; instant answers are produced when information is provided

3. A 65 -000-character set for making letters - digits - and special characters fit into the computer's binary circuitry

4. Process of saving data - esp. for data recovery. Many systems automatically back up data and software onto disks or tapes

5. All type - including roman - bold - and italics - of a single design (i.e. Helvetica)

6. Fonts which provide more room for wide as opposed to narrow characters

7. Software that is free to try with a send-payment-to-keep honor system

8. A standard interface that allows electronic instruments and computers to communicate with each other and work together.

9. The relatively easy use of a single color (or sometimes two) to add interest to a desktop-publishing product.

10. Synonym finder

11. Grouping of 8 bits

12. Network created in 1969 from a government grant during the Cold War that is the foundation of today's Internet. ('Advanced Research Project Agency NETwork')

13. Allows documents of all types to be stored - viewed - or modified on any Windows or Macintosh computer - making it possible for many organizations to reduce paper flow.

14. Optical Mark Reader; A reading device that uses reflected light to determine the location of pencil marks on standardized test answer sheets and similar forms

15. Measure of character size (one point equals 1/72 inch)

16. 1) Save labor costs (work all the time - no breaks/vacations); 2) improve quality and increase production (esp. in repetitive tasks); 3) ideal for dangerous/impossible jobs for humans

17. A text file that includes codes that describe the format - layout - and logical structure of a hypermedia document. Most Web pages are created with this code.

18. User interface that requires the user to type text commands on a command-line to communicate with the operating system

19. Device for sending information from the computer (e.g. monitor or printer)

20. In a computer simulation - the user and the computer responding to data from each other

21. An individual responsible for maintaining a multi-user computer system

22. Component of word-processing software that analyzes each word in context - checking for content errors - common grammatical errors - and stylistic problems

23. Graphical User Interface; A user interface based on graphical displays. With a mouse - the user points to icons that represent files - folders - and disks. Documents are displayed in windows. The user selects commands from menus

24. Local Area Network; Multiple personal computers connected on a network

25. An interactive cross-reference system that allows textual information to be linked in nonsequential ways. A hypertext document contains links that lead quickly to other parts of the document or to related documents.

26. A stream of bits

27. The identification of spoken words and sentences by a computer - making it possible for voice input to be converted into text files

28. (Modeling) The use of computers to create abstract models of objects - organisms - organizations and processes

29. Software that can be distributed and modified freely by users; example: Linux

30. 1) makes long distance meetings possible and reduces costs; 2) enables decisions to evolve over time; 3) emphasizes messages over messenger

31. Artificial intelligence techniques that make it possible for machine performance to improve based on feedback from past performance. (Used in games like chess/checkers; based on prior actions)

32. An error in programming

33. Graphics in which images are stored and manipulated as organized collections of pixels rather than as shapes and lines. Contrast with object-oriented graphics.

34. Anything that can be communicated

35. Software programs that can ask questions - respond to commands - pay attention to users' work patters - serve as a guide and a coach - take on owner's goals - and use reasoning to fabricate their own goals.

36. Typeface fonts in which the characters are embellished with fine lines (serifs) at the ends of the main strokes

37. Optical Character Recognition; Locating and identifying printed characters embedded in an image - allowing the text to be stored as an editable document. Can be performed by wand readers - pen scanners - and OCR software

38. 1) vulnerable to network glitches and machine failures; 2) vulnerable to security breech; 3) filters out human component of communication (ex: eye contact; voice)

39. Built-in component of a word processor or a separate program that compares words in a documents with words in a disk-based dictionary - and flags words not found in the dictionary; may operate in batch mode - checking all the words at once - or inter

40. Software or hardware that guards against unauthorized access to an internal network

41. Vertical

42. A desktop-published document that uses a wide range of color; contrast with spot color.

43. 1) must be a disciplined worker -- self-motivation! (IB student); 2) must have good time management; 3) lack of socialization with coworkers

44. Rules of etiquette that apply to Internet communication.

45. Reference to a specific cell address; doesn't change when copied

46. Random Access Memory; Memory that stores program instructions and data temporarily

47. Software that facilitates the arrangement of information into hierarchies or levels of ideas

48. Computer controlled machines designed to perform specific manual tasks ('forced labor')

49. A continuous wave

50. A specialist who interviews and observes experts - and converts their words and actions into a knowledge base.