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Beyond the Banner Value Add Vortal Out of the Loop Think Outside the Box
Synergy Take it Offline Raise the Bar Robust Deja Vu All Over Again
Performance Driven Sticky Killer App Category Killer Holy Grail
Best-Evidence Sythesis In Our Space Viral Stretch the Envelope Metrics
Convergence Strategic Fit At the End of the Day Authentic Assessment On the Edge
Revolutionary Disintermediation Build Community Scope Creep Exponential
Ramp Up Disruptive STEM Common Core Reform
Testing Charter Schools College Special Interests Code of Ethics
Efficiency Business Supply Chain Globalization Educrats Financial Literacy

"STEM" is a very catchy acronym, but it privileges technical fields over reading, literacy, and other disciplines needed for jobs in human service (broadly defined).

SHREWS fields (service, humanities, reading, education, writing, and social sciences).

STEAM (add the arts to STEM), which MIT is spearheading. This is big in the arts world in general.

Academic Tool related to public schools was designed to assist in the writing of reports, grant applications

The Official List compiled by federal agencies, nonprofit professional organizations, and not-for-profit organizations came together to agree on the definitions of common terminology used by interpreters, environmental educators, historians, and others in nonformal settings such as parks, aquariums, zoos, nature centers, historic sites, and museums.

ACE (Academic Common Experience)
Academy Schools
Achievement Motivation
Action research
Active Fiction
Alternate Learning Program
Alternative Assessment
Applied Behavior Analysis
Assertive Discipline
authentic assessment
authentic learning
authentic tasks
autonomous learning
Behavior Modification
Behavorial Objectives
Best-Evidence Sythesis
best practice
Block schedule
Blooms Taxonomy
Box it
Brain Based Learning
charter schools
Class Within a Class
Clinical superivison model
Cognitive Apprentices
Cognitive Mapping
Cognitive organizers
commencement outcomes
Common Core of Learning
Community Buy-in
Computer Mediated Communication
Concept mapping
Conflict Resolution
Constructivist Approach to Science
constructivist teaching
content mirroring
continuous assessment
Continuous progress
continuum of standards
Cooperative Discipline
Cooperative learning
Cooperative Teaching
Core Curriculum
cross-age tutoring
cross-curricular themes
Cunningham Four-Block Model
Curriculum Frameworks
Dimensions of Learning
Discovery Science
Expand the knowledge base
Educational Technology
Efficacy Process
Efficacy Training
Engaged Learning
Facilitated Communication
Flexible Grouping
Focused Reporting
Force Field Analysis
Functional Analysis
Global Outcomes
Goals 2000
Horizontal grouping
Individualized Guided Education
Information Literacy
Inquiry Based Science
Instructional Alignment
Integrated Humanities
integrated learning
Integrated Thematic Instruction
Interactive Fiction
intergenerational/service learning
ITIPJust in Time Learning
J Curve
key learning areas
Learner Outcomes
Learning Activity Packages
Learning Lab
least restrictive environment
Life-long Learning
Literacy across key learning areas
Magnet schools
Manifestation determination staffing

Mastery Learning
mega memory
Modular schedulingmulti-age grouping
multi-age looping
Multi-year Student/teacher Relationships
multiple intelligences
Neural Integration
Neural Organization Training
New Math
new paradigm issues
Open Concept
Open classrooms
outcomes programming
Paradigm shift
Parallel block scheduling
Peak Performance
peer mediation
peer tutoring
Performance Assessment
Personal goal setting
PIMMS-Program to Increase the Mastery
of Mathematics and Science
portfolio assessment
positive discipline
power reading
Power Writing
Precision Teaching
preventive instructional efforts
Problem based learning
progressive education
Project-Based Learning
quality assurance/audit
Quality Performance Accreditation
Reading Across The Discipline
Reading Attainment System
reading by guessing
Reading Recovery
Relevent Curriculum
Representational Repertoires
Responsive Classroom
right brain/left brain
Social Networking
school-to-work curriculum
Schoolwide Enrichment
Sensory Motor Integration
self-directed learning
Self-Esteem Curriculum
Sequential Math
Shared Decision-Making
site based management
situational sensitivity
standards-based curriculum
standards-based reform
Structured Learning
student centered
Student-Teacher Progression
Success With Reading and Writing
Supplemental support specialist
Systemic change initiative
Teacher assistance team
Teacher Effectiveness, Student
Teachers as Transitive Intellectuals
teaching teams
Team Learning
technology in learning and teaching
Theater in Education
Thematic Units
Token Economy
Total Quality Education
Total Quality Management
Train the Brain
Underserved students
VAKT - Visual/Auditory/Kinetic/Tactile approaches
Value Added
values clarification
vertical grouping
vertical semesterisation/unitisation
vertical teaming
vocational education
Video Snacking
Web Based Learning
Whole Language
Whole Village Concept
World Class Standards

Contributed by Jerry Taylor
and Rick Bennet


Think back to the dim days of 1998, back before you had cable internet, back when Netscape was the best browser, back when Windows 95 was your operating system (because, as you'll recall, Windows 98 was released in ... 1999!), back when that cellphone couldn't do anything more than send and receive phone calls and your digital camera took only 640x480 resolution photos ....

System administrators coined the term "sneakernet" before 1991 to jokingly describe "transfer of electronic information by physically carrying tape, disks or some other media from one machine to another," according to Eric Raymond's Jargon File.

Circa-1998 list of computer-professional jargon

To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip character. "I've been dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."

Link Rot
The process by which links on a web page became obsolete as the sites they're connected to change location or die.

Chip Jewelry
A euphemism for old computers destined to be scrapped or turned into decorative ornaments. "I paid three grand for that Mac SE, and now it's nothing but chip jewelry."

A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. "I just wasted 30 minutes downloading this stinkin' crapplet!"

A new hire who doesn't need any training. "The new guy, John, is great. He's totally plug-and-play."

World Wide Wait The real meaning of WWW.

CGI Joe/CGI Jane
A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.

Dorito Syndrome
Feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by addictive substances that lack nutritional content. "I just spent six hours surfing the Web, and now I've got a bad case of Dorito Syndrome."

Under Mouse Arrest
Getting busted for violating an online service's rule of conduct. "Sorry I couldn't get back to you. AOL put me under mouse arrest."

Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open. A popular pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. "Didn't he notice that half the room was glazing by the second session?"

Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web message "404, URL Not Found," meaning that the document you've tried to access can't be located. "Don't bother asking him...he's 404, man."

Dead Tree Edition
The paper version of a publication available in both paper and electronic forms, as in: "The dead tree edition of the San Francisco Chronicle..."

Scanning the net, databases, print media, or research papers looking for the mention of your name.

Graybar Land
The place you go while you're staring at a computer that's processing something very slowly (while you watch the gray bar creep across the screen). "I was in graybar land for what seemed like hours, thanks to that CAD rendering."

Open-Collar Workers
People who work at home or telecommute.

Squirt The Bird
To transmit a signal up to a satellite. "Crew and talent are ready...what time do we squirt the bird?"

Brain Fart
A biproduct of a bloated mind producing informatio neffortlessly. A burst of useful information. "I know you're busy on the Microsoft story, but can you give us a brain fart on the Mitnik bust?" Variation of old hackerslang that had more negative connotations.

Keyboard Plaque
The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards. "Are there any other terminals I can use? This one has a bad case of keyboard plaque."

Career-Limiting Move (CLM)
Used among microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.

Alpha Geek
The most knowledgeable, technically-proficient person in an office or work group. "Ask Larry, he's the alpha geek around here."

The rarified organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

People who are taking training classes just to get a vacation from their jobs. "We had about three serious students in the class; the rest were tourists."

Blowing Your Buffer
Losing one's train of thought. Occurs when the person you are speaking with won't let you get a word in edgewise or has just said something so astonishing that your train gets derailed. "Damn, I just blew my buffer!"

Gray Matter
Older, experienced business people hired by young entrepreneurial firms looking to appear more reputable and established.

To take note of a person for future reference (a metaphor borrowed from web browsers). "I bookmarked him after seeing his cool demo at Siggraph."

Nickname for AOL's less-than-full-featured Web browser.

The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.



Cringeworthy Compilation of Tech Buzzwords in One Video become the nonsense cacophony of TV shows. Black Hack Crack Malware Hard Data Intrusion Fire Wall Mad Skills deep exploit application login password "meanwhile even the malware has malware".

Hackers man, they suck. Just to get rid of them you have to wire the battery to the cars starter to drain the power supply. Well, that's how you get rid of them in the CSI world at least.


Bloom's Taxonomy

Benjamin Bloom created this taxonomy for categorizing level of abstraction of questions that commonly occur in educational settings. The taxonomy provides a useful structure in which to categorize test questions, since professors will characteristically ask questions within particular levels, and if you can determine the levels of questions that will appear on your exams, you will be able to study using appropriate strategies.

Competence Skills Demonstrated
  • observation and recall of information
  • knowledge of dates, events, places
  • knowledge of major ideas
  • mastery of subject matter
  • Question Cues:
    list, define, tell, describe, identify, show, label, collect, examine, tabulate, quote, name, who, when, where, etc.
  • understanding information
  • grasp meaning
  • translate knowledge into new context
  • interpret facts, compare, contrast
  • order, group, infer causes
  • predict consequences
  • Question Cues:
    summarize, describe, interpret, contrast, predict, associate, distinguish, estimate, differentiate, discuss, extend
  • use information
  • use methods, concepts, theories in new situations
  • solve problems using required skills or knowledge
  • Questions Cues:
    apply, demonstrate, calculate, complete, illustrate, show, solve, examine, modify, relate, change, classify, experiment, discover
  • seeing patterns
  • organization of parts
  • recognition of hidden meanings
  • identification of components
  • Question Cues:
    analyze, separate, order, explain, connect, classify, arrange, divide, compare, select, explain, infer
  • use old ideas to create new ones
  • generalize from given facts
  • relate knowledge from several areas
  • predict, draw conclusions
  • Question Cues:
    combine, integrate, modify, rearrange, substitute, plan, create, design, invent, what if?, compose, formulate, prepare, generalize, rewrite
  • compare and discriminate between ideas
  • assess value of theories, presentations
  • make choices based on reasoned argument
  • verify value of evidence
  • recognize subjectivity
  • Question Cues
    assess, decide, rank, grade, test, measure, recommend, convince, select, judge, explain, discriminate, support, conclude, compare, summarize

* From Benjamin S. Bloom Taxonomy of educational objectives.
Published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA. Copyright (c) 1984 by Pearson Education.Adapted by permission of the publisher.