Learning Technologies Glossary

A list of technical and pedagogic terms used in the Learning Technologies course.

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You may still see references to the work of BECTA, a British government agency promoting the use of information and communications technology. Unfortunately, BECTA was axed as part of the cuts in government spending.


Blog is another word for weblog. A blog is a website that is like a diary or journal. Bloggers (a word for people who write on blogs) often write about their opinions and thoughts.


Breadcrumbs are navigational links at a top of a page to show the user how the page they are looking at fits into the structure of the website they are viewing.

The term comes from the story of Hansel and Gretal who use dropped breadcrumbs to try and find their way back home.

An example can be seen in the image below:



Software that allows you to "surf " the Internet. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari are examples of web browsers. A browser provides an easy to use interface for accessing the information on the World Wide Web.



CALL is Computer-Assisted Language Learning and can refer to teaching and learning computer tools that aid language learning. Examples include English language educational software.


Digital footprint

Digital Footprints are traces left by someone's activity in a digital environment. For example, comments left on a blog, videos of a person posted on video sharing sites such as YouTube, photos uploaded to Social Networking Sites etc.

More on digital footprints at Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_footprint



a Web application which saves registered web content such as podcasts in a single location on the user's computer for easy access. E.g. I-Tunes, Netvibes. You can listen to the files on the computer or transfer the files to a portable player.


A popular and free web browser. Available from http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/


Flash is the name of a type of software that is used to produce multi-media content. The content, often referred to as Flash content, is then used in websites.

You need a small piece of software, called Flash Player, to view the content. This player is free and can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/.



ICT /aɪ.siːˈtiː/ [U] noun

abbreviation for information and communication technology: a school subject in which students learn to use computers and other electronic equipment to store and send information
(Definition of ICT noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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