This is a glossary of the terms we think might help you in this MILI program. The majority of these terms are referring to a tool or concept, so there is also a column of how to use these items in education.  If there are words we should add to this list, let us know.

You may also find the different Comparison Charts useful, too. They compare multiple different tools listed here.


21st Century Learning Skills Making students competent in the following areas: information and communication skills, thinking and problem solving, interpersonal and self-directive skills, global awareness, financial, economic and business literacy, and civil literacy. For more information, including tools and resources, visit The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
  • Have students interpret and analyze text, media, audio, etc.
  • Develop assignments that integrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop assignments where students need to use self-direction to make them more socially responsible.
  • Look globally at issues and in assignments.
21st Century Literacies lessons 21st Century Literacies is a website with many lessons and worksheets to help teachers teach information and media literacy skills. Lessons are available to help students with the research question, identifying and collecting information, evaluate information, and ethically use the information.
  • Look at the lessons available and integrate them into your teaching and/or assignments.
60 Second Recap Classic video literature recaps in 60 seconds. Most books have 10 or more 60 second recaps about the book, like 60 seconds on plot, 60 seconds on theme, etc.
  • Show students videos from 60 Second Recap to get them engaged and interested in the literature.
  • 60 Second Recap encourages students to send in their own 60 second recap video, so have your students create their own 60 second recap as an assignment.
  • Use these videos to show students how much information can be given in 60 seconds in a concise, intelligent way as an example for their own presentations.
AASL Standards The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Standards are broken down into: critical thinking, drawing conclusions, sharing knowledge, and personal and aesthetic growth.
ART Evaluation of Assignments A chart created by us to help you determine whether or not your assignments are Authentic, integrate the Research process, and are supported by the Teacher.
  • Use to analyze current and future assignments to see if there is any area that could be improved when it comes to integrating information literacy and the research process.
aggregator Also known as a “feed aggregator,” aggregators are applications which syndicate web content, like news, blogs, podcasts, videos, into one location for easy viewing and access.See also “news aggregator.”
Animoto An easy-to-use video creator that takes images and video clips and puts them together into an impressive looking video. With the free account users can only make 30-second videos, but educators can sign up for an educator account which allows for unlimited videos.
  • Take images in your classroom and create classroom videos.
  • Have students use Animoto to create videos for presentation assignments.
  • Sign up for the educator account so your videos can be longer than 30 seconds.
AudioPal Record 60 seconds of audio and get a link to an audio player you can embed on a website.
  • Have students create 60 second reports about topics in your class.
  • See also “60 Second Recap” for ideas about recaps in 60 seconds.
backchannel The side-bar discussions going on in a classroom or during conference or meeting presentations. Use microblogging services to bring the backchannel to the front. View thisComparison Chart of different microblogging sites. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communication. See also “microblogging,” “Edmodo,” “TodaysMeet,” and “Twitter.”
  • See “microblogging.”
blog A website, usually maintained by one person, where he or she posts commentary, descriptions of events, pictures, or video. Other users can leave comments on blog entries but only the owner can edit the actual blog. Blogs are often referred to as “online journals.” For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs.
  • Create a class blog to upload class information, assignments, calendars, etc.
  • Have students create blogs for assignments to reflect upon what they’ve done or read.
  • Encourage students to read and comment on each other’s blogs.
  • Follow blogs of other educators to get ideas from them.
  • Have students read blogs to enhance class work and/or assignments.
Bloglines A popular RSS reader. For more information visit the Bloglines Frequently Asked Questions page. See also “RSS readers.”
  • See “RSS readers.”
browser A web browser is software used to access the world wide web. See also “Firefox,” “Internet Explorer,” and “Safari.”
classroom 2.0 Integrating more web 2.0 technology in the classroom and acknowledging the idea that learning is often socially constructed. Working with new technologies and in groups to teach each other is a staple of classroom 2.0. See “web 2.0.”
  • Integrate new technology into the classroom.
  • Give over some control to the students and have them teach each other concepts and how to use new technologies.
cloud computing Storing items, like documents, photographs, and bookmarks, on the Internet rather than storing them on the hard drive of a personal computer. For more information watch this video – Cloud Computing in Plain English.
  • Store your bookmarks online on a social bookmarking site likeDelicious.
  • Upload your documents to Google Docs for storage and sharing.
copyright A form of protection that gives the creator of an original work the exclusive right to publish and distribute that work. Copyright only lasts for a certain amount of time, though for some works one can request renewal of copyright. After the time is over the work will enter the public domain. For more information visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of the U.S. Copyright Office. See also “Creative Commons,” “fair use,” and “public domain.”
Copyright Wiki We created the MILI Copyright Wiki to house additional copyright materials.  Find more information about copyright, different copyright scenarios, copyright lesson plans, and copyright-friendly materials here.
  • Use the Copyright Wiki to find lesson plans on copyright you can incorporate into your classroom.
  • Look at the Copyright-Friendly Materials page to find copyright-friendly images, video, and music that you could use in the classroom or have your students use in their assignments.
Creative Commons A non-profit organization dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Free licenses are available that allow the creator of a work to choose whether or not others can can share, remix, or use their work commercially. Multiple difference licenses exist. For more information view this PDF –  7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons, or watch this 20-minute video – What Every Educator Needs to Know About Creative Commons.
customizable homepages A customizable, personal webpage to collect a variety of resources in one place. Users can have emails, RSS feeds, and a variety of other gadgets for weather, television, video, and so much more all in one location. Some areas of the customizable homepage can be shared with others, though sharing is optional. See also “iGoogle.”
  • Have your own customizable homepage to streamline what you do online.
  • Make part of your homepage full of useful information to share with your students.
  • Have your students sign up for customizable homepages and have them put gadgets on their pages that will feed them information useful for class assignments.
database A searchable index of newspapers, magazines, journals, primary sources, videos, images, etc. What is indexed in a database differs per database. See also “ELM.”
  • Search for lesson plan information and/or other supplemental info for class preparation.
  • Have students search databases to find information for assignments.
  • Use folders/workspaces in databases to organize information.
  • See “ELM.”
Delicious A popular social bookmarking site. For more information read theDescriptions, Definitions, and Details about Delicious page. See also “social bookmarking.”
  • See “social bookmarking.”
Diigo A social bookmarking site that also allows users to store bookmarks and text from webpages. You can also join already-made groups or make your own group in Diigo to share bookmarks with others in the group. Educators can sign up for Diigo for Educators to get more control over groups made for classrooms. See also “social bookmarking.”
  • Have students use Diigo to store bookmarks to websites they’re using for their research and to take notes in Diigo about why they thought this website was good.
  • Set up a classroom group so you can share websites with your students and they can share them with each other.
Dribbling Lessons Wiki Information literacy lessons by subject area that correlate with the steps of the Research Project CalculatorSee also “Research Project Calculator.”
  • Use the information literacy lessons when planning your assignments.  You can use the lessons verbatim or take bits and pieces of them and integrate them into already-established assignments.
Edmodo A microblogging platform specifically designed for education. For more information read the Edmodo Frequently Asked Questions page. See also “microblogging.”
  • See “microblogging.”
ELM The Electronic Library for Minnesota. Through ELM, Minnesota residents are given free access to almost 50 databases where magazine, newspaper, and journal articles are available, as well as ebooks and other reference resources. Many ELM databases are available through school media center websites. See also “database.”
  • Have students use Proquest Newsstand Complete to find newspaper articles written the day they were born.
  • Have students use Britannica for background information on their topics.
  • Have students use Points of View Reference Center to help with Pro/Con assignments.
  • Use different databases for your own research.
  • See “database.”
embed To place a video, document, picture, or map from one website onto another. Often users embed items in blogs and wikis.
Evernote A note-taking application where you can write notes and store bookmarks, text, and images. You can use Evernote solely on the web, but you can also download a desktop and smart phone version of Evernote and all three versions will sync with each other.
  • Have students sign up for Evernote so they can store their notes from all their classes in one place. Students can even share notebooks with each other and collaborate on notes.
  • Use the “Clip to Evernote” toolbar button to easily clip stories from the web and save them as text in your Evernote account.
Facebook A popular social network. For more information view these PDFs – 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook 1 and 2. See also “social network.”
  • Friend colleagues you meet at conferences to stay in touch.
  • Join groups of interest in Facebook to stay on top of certain issues.
  • See “social networking.”
fair use Limited use of copyrighted materials without requiring permission from the copyright holder. Fair use covers things like commentary, news reporting, criticism, research, and teaching. See also “copyright.”
Firefox A free, customizable web browser from Mozilla. User-generated Add-ons interact with the browser making it truly customizable to one’s needs. Check out this list of Firefox keyboard shortcuts. See also “browser” and “Firefox Add-ons.”
Firefox Add-ons User-generated tools that interact with Firefox to help you customize the browser to your needs. There are tools to help you download videos, search websites, store citations and so much more. See also “Firefox.”
Flickr A social photograph site where users upload and share their photographs and other images. Items automatically have copyright attached to them, but users can choose different Creative Commons licenses when uploading images. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Flickr. See also “copyright” and “Creative Commons.”
  • Create a Flickr account for your classroom and upload pictures from class and/or assignments.
  • Encourage students to submit photos for the classroom Flickr account.
  • Search the Creative Commons images in Flickr to find images to use. On the Advanced Search screen, before searching, scroll way to the bottom to select Creative Commons-licensed materials.
  • Search the Flickr Commons (images uploaded by certain organizations, mostly historic images) to find images to use for class.
format agnostic It’s the content not the vehicle. It’s not how the information is delivered, it’s the value and authenticity of the information. For example: you don’t want to limit access to information by its format, i.e., encyclopedia entries only, exclusion of the internet, only allowing print resources, etc.
geocoding Associating geographic coordinates to items like photographs, addresses, videos, etc. For instance, a geocoded photograph shows not only the picture but the exact latitude and longtitude where it was taken.
Glogster EDU A free online poster creator, and with the EDU edition teachers make accounts for students so they can monitor what they create and whether or not things are made public.
  • Use as an alternative to PowerPoint when it comes to having students made presentations to the class.
  • Create your own glogs to share materials with students, like websites they should be using, class assignments, videos, etc.
Google Alerts Set up email notifications or RSS feeds for news and web pages of choice. For instance an alert for “library or librarian” will produce RSS feeds for news stories or web pages with the words library or librarian appearing. For more information view the Google Alerts Help Topics.
  • Set up an RSS feed alert for “technology and education.”
  • Have students set up alerts for items pertinent to class.
Google Books A full-text search of millions of scanned books. Only some of the books are available in full text. For others you can only read a small portion of them, but there is a “Find in a library” link that will search for libraries near you that own the book. For more information view the Google Books Help Topics.
  • Encourage students to search for books on their topic.
  • If you find books of interest for your students, embed them on a class blog or wiki.
Google Docs A web-based document, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application. Users can also invite other users to collaborate on items. For more information view the YouTube videoGoogle Docs in Plain English and look at the Google Docs Help Topics.
Google News A news aggregator that includes news from more than 40 regions and in 19 different languages. For more information visit Google News Help Topics. See also “news aggregator.”
Google Reader A popular RSS reader. For more information watch this YouTube videoGoogle Reader in Plain English and visit the Google Reader Help Topics.See also “RSS reader.”
  • See “RSS readers.”
Google Scholar A search engine indexing scholarly literature on the web. Not all literature indexed will be available in full text. For more information read the Google Scholar Help page.
  • Have students search for scholarly journal articles with Google Scholar.
  • Search for journal articles to help with lesson planning and assignments in Google Scholar.
hashtag User-supplied keywords or terms to organize Twitter posts (called “tweets”) about the same idea. Hashtags are preceeded by the # symbol and are common at meetings and conferences. For instance at the American Library Association Conference users tweeting about the conference included this hashtag: #ALA2009. See also “Twitter.”
  • If you and your students use Twitter in the classroom, set up a unique hashtag everyone should use when commenting on classroom activities.
ITSE Standards The International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE)Educational Technology Standards. The standards are written for students, teachers, and administrators, but viewing all would be helpful. They cover: creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking and problem solving, digital citizenship, and technology operations and concepts.
  • View the standards for teachers to get tips as to how to integrate the standards into the classroom.
  • On the ITSE Educator Resources page, use the links on the left side of the page under “Educator Resources” for help with assessment, curriculum (which does include lesson plans), tech integration, and more.
iGoogle A popular customizable homepage. For more information view the iGoogle Help Topics. See also “customizable homepages.”
InfoMine A search engine for scholarly materials online. Useful for older students needing more scholarly research.
  • Have students search here for scholarly materials, but know this is for the more advanced student needing college-level scholarly materials for their research.
information literacy The ability to be able to recognize when information is needed, and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information. For more information visit the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Information Literacy page.
Internet Explorer A popuar web browser from Microsoft. Check out this list of Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts. See also “browser.”
Internet Public Library Created by librarians and library and information science graduate students, the Internet Public Library is a collection of credible online sources by subject, for kids, for teens, etc. The sources here are all credible and it’s a great place to start to find good websites.  You can also send email questions to them for a response from a librarian.
  • Have your students look here for credible online sources for their research.
  • This is a great place to find online newspapers and magazines from all over the world, too.
  • The pages “For Kids” and “For Teens” are full of a lot of other materials, too, like reading guides.
invisible web Information that is not indexed by search engines. Think “databases” when you think invisible web, because most information in databases cannot be found by using a search engine. For more information, listen to or read the transcript of this recent NPR discussion – The Web That’s Hidden From You. See also “ELM.”
  • See “ELM” and “database.”
Jing Popular screencasting software. For more information view the video on the Jing website. To compare this screencasting software with others, view the Screencasting Comparison Chart.
  • See “screencasting.”
journal alert In a database, setting up RSS feeds or email notifications for a specific journal. The alerts are sent when new items from the journal are available in the database.
  • Set up journal alerts for journals in your field and have them sent to your email or your RSS reader.
  • Have students set up alerts for journals that might help them for class or an assignment.
library 2.0 Modernizing the library to integrate more web 2.0 collaborative technologies that allow users to help change and create content and community within the library. See also “web 2.0.”
MEMO Standards The Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO) Information and Technology Literacy Standards. The standards cover: the research process, technology use, reading and media literacy, and responsible use.
Metronet One of seven state-funded multitype library networks in Minnesota that serve all types of libraries – school, public, college and university and special libraries – in the Twin Cities metro area. Visit our website to read more about Metronet and our mission.
microblogging Posting small pieces of information – commentary, links, photos – on the internet. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging. See also “backchannel,” “Edmodo,” “TodaysMeet,” and “Twitter.”
  • Use a microblogging service with your students and have them comment about classroom discussions to bring the backchannel to the front. See also “backchannel.”
  • See “Edmodo,” “TodaysMeet,” and “Twitter” for examples of microblogging services.
news aggregator A website where news headlines are collected. Google News is an example of a news aggregator. See also “Google News.”
  • See “Google News.”
Ning A popular service where users can create their own social networks. OurMILI Ning is an example of a Ning we created for participants in the MILI program. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Ning.
  • Create a Ning for your classroom so students can blog, respond to forum discussions, post documents, videos and pictures, and interact in many other ways.
  • Join Nings for your own professional development, like theClassroom 2.0 Ning and the NextGen Teachers Ning.
personal learning networks (PLNs) A personal network of people to enhance one’s personal learning. Personal learning networks can be face-to-face or virtual. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About PLEs (PLE = personal learning environment, which is the same as PLN, both acronyms are interchangeable). For virtual PLNs see also “social networking.”
  • See “social networking.”
Plagiarism-Proofing Assignments Creating assignments that require original, thoughtful research so as to avoid plagiarism.  The Plagiarism-Proofing Assignments page has links to very useful websites, including one by Doug Johnson which lists multiple LPPs (Low-Probability of Plagiarism) assignments you could use.
  • Read the article by Doug Johnson and look at the LPPs he suggests.  Are there any of them you can use to tweak your own assignments to make them more plagiarism proof?
podcasts Audio (or video) media files released periodically that can be subscribed to through RSS feeds. Often people listen to podcasts on portable devices like iPods. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting.
  • Have students created podcasts throughout the whole semester where they comment upon the literature they’ve been reading.
  • Teachers can create podcasts to correspond with what is taught in class.
  • Subscribe to educational podcasts. The Education Podcast Network is a great place to find educational podcasts.
public domain Content that is not owned or controlled by anyone. Items in the public domain are free of copyright and can be freely used, distributed, and adapted. See also “copyright.”
RSS Most commonly, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a format used to publish feeds of frequently updated information on the internet and in databases. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About RSS. See also “RSS feeds” and “RSS readers.”
RSS feeds Ways in which users can get content delivered to them instead of searching for the content. RSS feeds are found on many different websites, but most commonly on sites with daily or weekly updates of information. News websites, blogs, databases, video services like YouTube, and audio podcasts are just some of the things that will have RSS feeds. For more information view this YouTube videoRSS in Plain English. See also “RSS” and “RSS readers.”
  • See “RSS readers.”
RSS readers Where users collect RSS feeds. Feed content is delivered to a reader and can then be organized into folders and/or with tags. For more information view this YouTube videoRSS in Plain English. See also “Bloglines,” “Google Reader,” “RSS,” and “RSS feeds.”
  • Find and follow RSS feeds from other educators blogs to get ideas from them.
  • Find blogs to follow in these lists – 100 Best Blogs for Teachers of the Future or 100 Best Blogs for Tech-Savvy Teachers.
  • Set up search or journal alert RSS feeds in databses. See also “journal alert” and “search alert.”
  • Show students how to use a reader to follow news RSS feeds and RSS feeds set up in databases.
reliable resources Utilizing multiple different avenues to find credible resources for research. Reliable resources can be found in multiple places like the internet, in subscription databases, and in libraries. See also “databases” and “ELM.”
  • Encourage students to use a variety of resources, but to evaluate them for credibility.
  • Things to think about when evaluating:
    • Who wrote this? What are the author’s qualifications?
    • When was this published/created?
    • What is the purpose of this publication?
    • What assumptions does the author make?
    • Does this support your argument?
    • Does this source provide any other leads (i.e. look in the Bibliography for more resources).
research / research process The process it takes to create a final product, like a research paper.
  • Ask these questions:
    • What resources did the students use?
    • How did they analyze and interpret them?
    • Did they use them correctly?
    • Did the resources they use support their overall thesis or problem?
  • Do you grade more on the final product or the research process?
Research Project Calculator A calculator to help plan the steps it takes to finish a research assignment.  Steps can help plan essays, slideshow presentations, and video production. There are also many teacher support materials which can be freely incorporated into your classroom.  See also “Dribbling Lessons Wiki.”
  • Have students use the Research Project Calculator for their assignments, and encourage them to sign up for email updates about when certain steps should be finished.
  • Use the teacher support materials and integrate some of them into your assignments.
  • Use the Dribbling Lessons Wiki for assignments that integrate information literacy and incorporate the various steps of the Research Project Calculator.
responsible use Using items correctly and ethically within the laws of copyright.
  • Quote and paraphrase items correctly.
  • Properly cite items.
  • Fair use is permitted in education, but fair use still is limited to only some use of copyrighted items. See also “fair use.”
Safari A popular web browser from Apple. Check out this list of Safari keyboard shortcuts. See also “browser.”
screencasting A digital recording, sometimes including audio, of the computer screen. Screencasts are most often used to show how to do something. For more information view this PDF –7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting. See also “ScreenToaster,” “Screencast-O-Matic,” and “Jing.”
  • Create screencasts of websites you find helpful for class.
  • Create a screencast of how to do something your students need to know, whether it’s how to do something on the web or using certain software on the computer.
  • Have students created screencasts for an assignment, like a screencast explaining how they found a certain website, what they used on the website, and why they thought it was a good for their research.
Screencast-O-Matic Popular screencasting software. To see how to use Screencast-O-Matic, on their webpage scroll to the bottom and watch the video.  To compare this screencasting software with others, view the Screencasting Comparison Chart.
  • See “screencasting.”
ScreenToaster Popular screencasting software. For more information view the Demo on the ScreenToaster website and visit the FAQ page. To compare this screencasting software with others, view the Screencasting Comparison Chart.
  • See “screencasting.”
search alert Setting up RSS feeds or email notifications for searches in databases. No need to enter a database on multiple days to perform the same search to see if there is anything new.  Set up search alerts to have new items matching those search terms sent to you.
  • Set up search alerts for your own research.
  • Show students how to set up search alerts for their research.
Shmoop Free study guides created by graduate students from select institutions. Guides available for a variety of subjects and topics.
  • Search Shmoop to find supplemental information for lesson planning.
  • Share Shmoop guides with your students.
SlideShare A website where users can upload and share PowerPoint, Word, and PDF documents.  Uploaded items can be easily linked to and/or embedded on other websites.
  • If you want to share PowerPoint presentations with someone, instead of attaching the presentation to an email, which is really large, just upload the document to slideshare and share it by just sending a link.
  • Upload a presentation to SlideShare to embed it easily on a class blog or wiki.
  • Search SlideShare for presentations on topics of interest.
SlideRocket An online presentation creator similar to PowerPoint presentations. Presentations are stored online and can easily be linked to or embedded on other websites.
  • If you’re sick of using PowerPoint, try SlideRocket for presentations. The only downside is that once you create a presentation in SlideRocket it has to stay there. You cannot download presentations unless you buy the paid subscription to SlideRocket.
social bookmarking Storing bookmarks online with other users. With bookmarks stored online users can access bookmarks from any internet-enabled computer as well as share them with other users. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking, and watch this YouTube video – Social Bookmarking in Plain English. See also “Delicious.”
  • Store your bookmarks in a social bookmarking tool.
  • Share links to your bookmarks with students.
  • Find and follow other people using the same social bookmarking tool to see what websites they upload.
  • Share a social bookmarking tool with your students and encourage them to use it in these same ways.
social networking Maintaining online connections with people in networks surrounding a common interest or activity. In most social networks users have profiles where they publish information about themselves and there are multiple ways in each network in which users interact.  Facebook and Nings are popular social networks.
  • Create your online personal learning network (PLN) by using different social networks.
  • Find and friend colleagues and other educators to stay on top of new things they are doing.
  • See “Facebook,” “Ning,” and “Twitter.”
tags User-supplied keywords or terms to organize information. Tags can organize blogs, feeds in certain RSS readers, online bookmarks, and a variety of other things.
  • In Delicious, use tags to organize bookmarks. Follow tags of other users to find more bookmarks.
  • In Google Reader, use tags to organize stories you want to save.
  • When blogging, use tags to highlight what each blog is about.
technology literacy The ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning and productivity and the ability to be able to understand and evaluate technology.
TodaysMeet A microblogging service where rooms are created for participants and the presenter. See also “microblogging.”
  • See “microblogging.”
tweet A single entry in Twitter.
Twitter A microblogging service. Each individual entry can only be 140 characters long, so entries are usually one to two sentences and often include links to other information. For more information view this PDF – 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter. See also “microblogging,” “hashtag”, and “tweet.”
vidcasts (or vodcasts) Video podcasts are often called vidcasts or vodcasts. See also “podcast.”
  • See “podcast.”
visible web Information available freely online and indexed by search engines. These are the search results found when using a search engine. View the Finding The Best on the Web presentation for some search strategies to use when searching the web.
Vocaroo Free and easy way to record audio online. No limit on recordings, and a link and embed code is given to you afterwards so you can embed your recording or send a link to someone with the recording.
  • Have students record audio for an assignment.
  • Group assignments could be done via Vocaroo with students sitting around the computer putting on a radio broadcast or interviewing each other.
WatchKnow An organized collection of millions of educational videos from many different locations. Browse by grade level and subject area.
  • Find videos connected to what you’re teaching.
  • Share videos with students.
  • Upload your own videos into WatchKnow.
  • Embed videos from WatchKnow onto a class blog or wiki.
web 1.0 Refers to the beginning of the web where it was a publishing platform where users went to multiple different webpages to get content but did not interact with the content. See also “web 2.0.”
web 2.0 A shift in the use of the web where users are content creators and do not just view content on the web but also help create it and interact with it. The web is now more user-centered and collaborative than it had been when it was first created.
webinar An online presentation, typically used for meetings, training, or classes.
wiki A website, usually maintained by more than one person, where users collaborate on content. Wikis often have multiple interlinked pages and content including commentary, description of events, graphs, documents, video, and a host of other materials. Wikis differ from blogs in that the content is usually updated by multiple people and a larger variety of materials can be downloaded onto a wiki (like documents, spreadsheets). For more information view this PDF –7 Things You Should Know About Wikis.
  • Create a classroom wiki where you upload documents, assignments, calendars, videos, slideshows, pictures, etc.
  • Have students make wikis together for a classroom project.
Wimba Paid-subscription software used for webinars. This is the software we currently use to provide our MILI webinars.
YouTube A video sharing website where users upload videos. Videos on almost any topic imaginable can be found here. For more information view this PDF –7 Things You Should Know About YouTube.
Zoho A web-based document, spreadsheet, presentation, note-taking, wikis, and invoicing application. Users can also invite other users to collaborate on items. For more information visit theZoho Frequently Asked Questionspage.
  • Have students collaborate on documents using Zoho or use the Zoho note-taking application.
  • Collaborate with other teachers on Zoho documents, spreadsheets, wikis, etc.