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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. 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)

2. Rules of etiquette that apply to Internet communication.

3. Automates the creation of visual aids for lectures - training sessions and other presentations. Can include everything from spreadsheet charting programs to animation-editing software - but most commonly used for creating and displaying a series of o

4. Software which must be purchased through commercial channels and is copyrighted; Cannot be legally duplicated for others

5. Typeset-quality pages - ready to be photographed and printed.

6. Instructions that tell the hardware what to do to transform the input into out put

7. Reference to a cell in relation to the current cell; modifies when copied

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

9. Face-to-face communication over long distances using video and computer technology.

10. 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.

11. A program designed to attack in response to a particular logical even or sequence of events. A type of software sabotage.

12. 1) creative; 2) parallel processing (multitasking); 3) image analysis; 4) common sense knowledge; 5) see relationships between concepts; 6) knowledge base is vast - not narrow; 7) translation of languages (idioms); 8) expression/interpretation of emo

13. A system of programs that performs a variety of technical operations - providing an additional layer of insulation between the user and the bits-and-bytes world of computer hardware

14. 1) outline your ideas; 2) remember your audience; 3) use large fonts; 4) be 'stingy' with words (bullets - summarize); 5) use a consistent design; 6) be smart with art (use appropriate graphics)

15. Protects transmitted information by scrambling the transmissions; When a user encrypts a message by applying a secret numerical code (encryption key) - the message can be read only after it's been reconstructed with a matching key

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

17. A popular networking architecture developed in 1976 at Xerox with general principles which apply to all common network connections

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

19. Protocols developed as an experiment in internetworking - now the language of the Internet - allowing cross-network communication for almost every type of computer and network.

20. In desktop publishing - the pages that control the general layout of the document (such as the page borders - numbers - or header).

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

22. Provides direct instruction in a clearly specified skill of subject

23. A type of wireless device that enables mobile phones - hand-held computers - and PCs to communicate with each other regardless of operating system.

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

25. The process of identifying objects and shapes in a photograph - drawing - video or other visual image. (Effortless for humans - difficult for computers)

26. 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

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

28. Documentation file that appears onscreen at the user's request

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

30. A method of compression that can squeeze a music file to a fraction of its original CD sized with only slight loss of quality.

31. 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

32. 1) color depth; 2) resolution

33. Communicates with peripherals; Coordinates the concurrent processing of tasks; Manages memory; Keeps track of location of all programs/files of hard drive

34. Gigabyte; Approximately 1000 MB

35. 'what you see is what you get' (wizzy-wig); arrangement of words on the screen representing a close approximation to the arrangement of words on the printed page

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

37. Block of information that appears at the bottom of every page in a document - displaying repetitive information such as automatically calculated page number

38. ~Advantages 1)Safety: easy to simulate without actual risk 2)Economy: Build/simulate/destroy without waste 3)Projection 4)Visualization 5)Replication: Redo/rerun/alter easily ~Disadvantages 1)Reliability 2)Depends on original info 3)Complete trust fa

39. 1) Poor at planning strategies (less creativity than humans) and can't make decisions (after diagnosis - can't say how to treat patient); 2) powerless outside narrow (but deep) domain of knowledge

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

41. Ongoing public discussions on a particular subject consisting of notes written to a central Internet site and redistributed through a worldwide newsgroup called Usenet. You can check into and out of them whenever you want; all messages are posted on

42. A stream of bits

43. 1) documents can be disorienting and leave the reader wondering; 2) documents don't always have the links readers want - leaving them frustrated because they can't easily get from here to there; 3) documents may contain 'lost' links - especially on t

44. Free software that is not copyrighted - offered through World Wide Websites - electronic bulletin boards - user groups - and other sources

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

46. Software that enables the user to manipulate photographs and other high-resolution images.

47. The online sharing of music or other computer files directly among individual computer users' hard drives - rather than through posting the files on central servers.

48. The field of computer science devoted to making computers perceive - reason and act in ways that have - until now - been reserved for human beings.

49. Small text file that comes with many software packages - and contains information not included in the official documentation

50. Created: 1) URL; 2) HTML; 3) HTTP://; 4) first 'browser'