That awkward moment when you have been introduced a couple of times to a person and you STILL can’t remember their name? Story of my life. The same thing is happening in the computer age. We’ve been told the lingo or heard it in passing but have no cooking clue what it means or how to use it.
Introducing “Paula’s guide to looking computer savvy enough in school and in front of parents who know this stuff”. It’s a working title. Listen, I am no guru so when quoting this new information just say you read it on a buzzfeed article. Speaking of which:
A website filled with only the arbest articles.
A wonderful collection of the lives people wished they had and said place to share Buzzfeed articles.
A chatting platform where one has only 140 characters to say what they mean, share more cool Buzzfeed links and get into racists arguments that end up in court cases. It differs from Facebook as the person does not have to follow you back, in fact you may follow 30 000 people but if you don’t have anything interesting to say or never engage with other people you may only have 3 followers in return.
4. TWITTER (Social Media) INFLUENCER
Someone who has mastered the art of being interesting on Twitter and will usually engage with you. They get lots of free stuff from brands and get to go to cool events. Think of all those people who chat at conferences? They usually got there names out there on twitter.
A place to share photo’s or short 15 second films of only the perfect things that happen in our lives and use pretentious #hashtags. Brands use this really well to advertise products. Schools, well we need a new plan.
MEANT to connect ideas or events. You click on the # used and it will hyperlink you to every other photo hashtagged with the same hashtag. Except people use hashtags way to much. You’re not meant to hashtag every noun, verb and adjective in the picture. You should really limit it to a maximum of about 4. And check where your hashtag takes. Yes your child is playing with balls but don’t “#balls” …use your imagination on this one.
7. SNAP CHAT
A photo/video based platform only really used by the youth of today and bloggers and influencers who are scared of missing out if they don’t get on the bandwagon now.
How you plan every lesson going forward ever. Jokes. But really, it has ideas for every possible thing imaginable to mankind. It is a virtual pin board where you can add pins (pictures) to the boards you make from the Pinterest website OR you can upload your own pictures from ideas you found on the web. Please don’t screen grab. Every picture you click on will take you to the website it came from thus providing all the information you need.
Where all the videos ever are kept.
The website where you copy the link of youtube video so you can save the video to your desktop. There are lot of other similar websites that do this too. It may not always work at your school because your firewall has blocked it. Check it out here.
A digital protection programme that stops all those annoying pop up adds, dodgy websites and can also be set to stop access to certain websites, including Facebook, Twitter etc…
12. COMMUNITY MANAGER
Someone who is in charge of the companies/schools Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat, Pinterest, Youtube, blog accounts. The face of your brand. Usually the least paid.
13. SCREEN GRAB
Saving the exact image/ text/ visual that appears on your screen.
On an iPhone: hold down the on/off button and the round home button at the same time for about 2 seconds. If the sound is on you will hear a camera click noise. Works the same on iPad.
On an Mac Laptop, hold the “cmd, up arrow and 4” at the same time. Sounds weird. You should see a little cross now appear where your curser was. Click down and drag over the area you want to screen grab.
A highlighted part of a word or phrase that links you to another page or website like THIS
15. BLOG vs WEBSITE
A website gives you information about a company / organisation. It’s usually not updated weekly and has a more uniformed layout. A blog is like a diary, it can be updated daily, weekly or in my case as often as a solar eclipse. Blog layouts are usually dated and have little subsections on the sidebar or at the top to help search for old posts quickly.
16. BLOG POST
You’re reading one
The magic stuff that connects you to the internet. If it is down people are usually sad. You are using WIFI to read this. Also it is EVERYWHERE all the time so please think carefully before criticising it in schools and sharing silly articles about it on Facebook.
The plastic box that connects you to the WIFI (you also can use your phone to connect, but then you are paying cash money for it)
19. THE CLOUD
Something we lack in droughts and a magical place that essentially saves all your work on the internet so you can access it at anytime, anywhere and so can your great great great grand children.
20. QR CODE
A strange little icon found either with some work or in place of work, that acts as a trigger to link you to a website/blog/video/article. You use a website like this (hey another hyperlink!) to generate a QR code so all you have to do is insert the link you want to use and hey presto! Save the QR to your desktop and insert it into your project. You must have a QR code reader on your phone or tablet in order to read it. You can download them for free. Literally search : QR CODE READER. Open it up, hold the screen above the the QR code and voila! NB: You need wifi/3G for this to work.
21. AUGMENTED REALITY
It’s a fun way of bringing a picture to life. Also needs WIFI/3G. Same principle as a QR code except the actual picture or work is the trigger that will lead you to a website/blog/video/article. You use an app to make your picture “augmented”. Bit of a lus to make but highly effective.
I hope my laymen’s terms have been helpful.