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Tech Terms to Teach Your Child

We are living in a digital age, and it is likely that your child is teaching you these vocabulary words already. In case she is not, here is a list of technology terms your child should know to introduce her for the world of computers.
  • Backup - An extra copy of a file or document.
  • Browser - A program used to browse files.  A web browser, like Firefox or Chrome, browses internet files.
  • Burn a CD - To make a copy of data onto a CD. It is called “burn” because it actually heats up the CD and uses a laser to write the information.
  • Cursor - A screen icon that moves when you move the mouse. The cursor is used to make a selection on the screen.
  • Caret or Insertion Point - The small blinking line that shows you where your next typed letter or number will go.
  • Data - Any information stored by a computer. It can be stored in files, E-mails, video games, songs, pictures, you name it.
  • Desktop - The screen that appears if you are not browsing the Internet, reading a file, or playing a game. It is usually the screen that loads once you have booted the computer.
  • Download - The process of copying something from another computer or the Internet, and saving it onto your computer.
  • Drag and drop - Click on something and hold the button down to move the object you clicked on and to leave it where you let go of the button.
  • E-mail - A way to send a message from one computer to another.
  • FAQ - The abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Graphic - A picture or an image.
  • Hardware- The physical devices used in or with your machine. The memory board, CD-ROM drive, and printer are examples of hardware.
  • Homepage - This is the first page you see when you open your web browser.  You can make any website your homepage.
  • Icon - A small symbol or picture that represents a program, file, or other data.
  • Internet - A web-like connection of many computers that shows you what data other computer operators are sharing and you can share data with them.
  • Logon - Providing a certain name or code and password to gain access to a computer, program, or files.
  • Memory - The data that a computer stores. Long term memory must be saved to a hard drive.
  • Password - This is a secret code to protect your data and can keep others from accessing your computer or files.
  • Right click - A right click on the mouse will provide you with a menu of options to choose.
  • Screensaver - A picture that pops up when you are not using your computer, used to protect your monitor or screen from burning out.
  • Shortcut - An icon that links to a file or program.
  • Software - A program designed to do perform various tasks. All the information code stored on your computer's hard drive are software.
  • Spam- An abbreviation for "sending particularly annoying messages, also known as electronic "junk mail."
  • Task bar - The bar beside the Start button that shows what programs are open.
  • URL - The internet address of documents and resources on a webpage.
  • User - Anyone using a computer.
  • Virus - Software that was written to do bad stuff to your computer.
  • Wallpaper - A picture or design on your desktop for decoration.
  • WWW or World Wide Web - A group of internet servers linking computers around the world.

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Computer Hardware

Here is a separate list dedicated to the physical components of a computer that make up its hardware.
  • Computer - An electronic machine that can store and process data. A computer has hardware, which is the machine itself, and software, which is a set of instructions contained in programs and files.
  • Desktop - A type of computer that includes a CPU (central processing unit), monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It is so named because it sits upon a desk, and usually occupies all of its space.
  • Keyboard - Where you type letters, numbers, and symbols to appear on the monitor.
  • Laptop - A small portable computer small enough to set on your lap.
  • Modem - Converts digital data into analog data, so it can be sent over phone lines. Changes analog into digital when receiving data.
  • Monitor - The screen that shows you what you are doing. It is like a viewer that displays what the computer sends to it.
  • Mouse - A little device that you move with your hand which then moves the cursor on the screen.
  • Printer - The computer sends information to the printer and the printer prints it out onto paper.
  • Scanner - A device that scans something that is flat and sends the image to the computer.
  • Speakers - These are the devices that the sounds come out of which are sometimes built into the monitor or CPU.
  • Touch-pad - This is an area on a laptop that substitutes for a mouse. You move your finger around on it to move the cursor.

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