Glossary of Digital Terms

Audio

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. Podcasts are typically available as series, and new installments can be received by subscribers automatically.

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows/Mac. Audacity can be used to record live audio and computer playback, convert tapes and records into digital files, and burn digital audio files onto CDs. It can also cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together, and change the speed or pitch of a recording. 

Soundcloud is a free platform that allows you to share your music with a global audience. It also enables you to make tracks, raw demos, and podcasts.

Video

iMovie is a video editing software application produced by Apple. iMovie is a great program for beginners, and it is available for free on all Agnes Scott Apple computers.

Screencast-O-Matic is a free video recording tool that is used primarily for screen recording but also allows you to add audio narration and video from your webcam. You can record lectures, webinars, demos, games, Skype calls, etc. and share them to YouTube or save them as video files. 

Presentation

Slidedog is a multimedia presentation tool that allows you to combine PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, Prezis, movie clips, and web pages into a playlist that can be easily shared with your intended audience.

Google Slides is a presentation software that is available for all Google users. 

Prezi is a visual storytelling powerpoint software. It features a map-like, schematic overview that allows you to pan between topics at will, zoom in on desired details, and pull back to reveal context. 

Educational and Learning

Lynda.com is a video library of software, creative, and business skills courses taught by recognized industry experts.

YouTube is video-sharing website where you can upload original content.

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Galileo stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online. An initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, GALILEO is an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or Web directories. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals.

An academic course management system. If you’re a student at Agnes Scott, you can log into the Agnes Scott Moodle with the same login information you use for your Scottie Mail.

Graphic Design

Piktochart is a tool best known for being an infographic mastermind. This website helps you create visually pleasing, easy to understand, and creative infographics (long pamphlets used for explaining facts in a visual way). It’s an easy to use online platform that provides basic templates and graphic design elements for free. There is also a more impressive pro version, but you have to pay to access it. Piktochart is great for creating presentations and printables as well. Once your design is complete, you can either download it for printing (the website will show you exactly where your design will be cut off based on the size of the paper size you specify) or you can share it to social media and websites. (great examples here: https://magic.piktochart.com/gallery)

Infogram is similar to PicktoChart. It has both free and paid versions.

Canva is an easy to use graphic-design tool website that is especially useful for advertising and marketing. Need a flyer for a guest speaker? Something to advertise for your club? There are templates and examples to help you create professional looking products.

Adobe Creative Cloud, called Creative Suite in older versions, is a compete collection of Adobe software which includes titles such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. The computers in our McCain G37 lab all have Adobe Suite available for use, and you can make an appointment with a tutor if you want help learning the programs.

A type of digital image. Known as a raster graphic or bitmap image, it is made of a rectangular grid of pixels. Images with lots of color blending and photographic elements are best suited to this format. Examples of raster graphics file formats include PNG, JPEG, and GIF. Adobe Photoshop is an example of a raster graphics editor.

Another kind of digital image. Vector graphics are made up of 2D points and connecting lines in set positions. Though less common than raster graphics, vector graphics are more useful for printing, since they do not lose clarity when they are resized. They are specifically suited for typography and more graphic elements such as logos. Common file formats for vector graphics are PDF, SVG, and EPS. Adobe Illustrator is an example of a vector graphics editor.

Media

Flikr Commons is a public photo archive.

Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of free-use image, sound, and other media files. It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Creative Commons is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to legally build upon and share.

Digital Literacy

A personal page about you that works across platforms on the internet.

Text used to describe an image on a webpage when an image doesn’t display.

A web log, or online journal.

A temporary collection of data on a web page.

Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.

Exclusive rights to published material.

A writer for commercial purposes.

Cascading Style Sheets. Used to add style to a webpage, such as fonts, colors, and spacing.

An ordered list of websites in various categories.

Domain Naming System, organizes how domain names on the internet are assigned.

The distinguishing name of a server. For example, the CDVL site domain name is cdvl.agnesscott.org.

An online discussion group.

HyperText Markup Language. Used to create webpages.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Defines how messages are transferred and formatted on the World Wide Web.

Internet Service Provider.

Operating System. The system that manages your computer’s hardware. Microsoft Windows and MacOS are two examples of operating systems.

Portable Document Format. Used to present documents, can include text, graphics, and interactive elements.

Packet InterNet Groper, verifies a link or a connection to the internet.

An extension that adds on capabilities to a software package or application. “Add-ons” for web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox are common examples of this.

The most common arrangement of buttons on an english keyboard. Named after the first six keys on the top row of letters.

Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary). Allows you to receive/ syndicate information without having to refresh.

Search Engine Optimization. Making the content of a website more visible to search engines like Google, to make the website appear more often in the search results list.

Subscriber Identity Module. The identifying chip in a phone.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Used to send e-mail messages.

A keyword used to label content.

Uniform/Universal Resource Locator. Specifies the location of a resource on the web, like an address specifies the location of a building.

Wireless Application Protocol, used for accessing information over a wireless network.

A window for user interaction.