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Anytime, Anywhere Learning Complex Thinking Strategies
Applets Computer
Assistive Technology Device Dial-up Connectivity
Bandwidth Digital Content
Blended Technologies Direct Connection to the Internet
Collaborative Learning Distance Learning

Academic Excellence Indicator System; this state data collection system pulls together a wide range of information on the performance of students at each Texas school and district.
Anytime, Anywhere Learning
When learning can occur independent of location or time of day.
An applet is a small program that extends the capability of an application, particularly a web browser. An applet cannot run by itself; it needs to run within the application program like a browser. Examples include for example, a popup calculator or a popup instant messenger program.
Assistive Technology Device
Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
The capacity of a network or data connection to transmit data.
Blended Technologies
The combination of two or more different technologies (i.e. Internet, satellite, videoconferencing, and emerging technologies) for effective, interactive communications.
Collaborative Learning
Instructional strategy in which several students and/or teachers work together on an assignment with individuals sharing responsibility for various tasks in an interactive process of ongoing dialogue.
Community of Inquiry
All terms are used interchangeably to identify a group of persons engaged in ongoing dialogue about questions of shared interest or mutual concern for the purpose of generating workable, productive solutions to meaningful problems or adding enhancement to an existing knowledge base related to common interests.
Complex Thinking Strategies
Includes problem solving, decision-making, investigation, and reflective thinking.
A device that runs programs to display and manipulate text, graphics, symbols, audio, video, and numbers.
Dial-up Connectivity
Computers cabled to a telephone port for Internet connectivity; somewhat slower than a direct connection to the Internet.
Digital Content
Digitized multimedia materials requiring students to manipulate information creatively; may include video, software, websites, simulations, streamed discussion, databases, and audio files.
Direct Connection to the Internet
Computers are connected to the Internet via a telephone line usually leased from the telephone company. At many Texas schools, the connection goes to the Education Service Center and then out to the Internet.
Distance Learning
An educational process delivered and supported by technology in which the teacher and student are in different locations. (Internet, satellite, videoconferencing, and emerging technologies, etc.)

District Information System Instructional Setting
Diverse Learning Needs Integration
Easy Internet Access Interactive Communication
Educator Internet
Emerging Technologies Internet Connected, Multimedia Computer
Higher-Level Thinking LAN
Inquiry-based Learning Learning Communities

District Information System
A database of district-wide information, which may include student, financial, or other administrative information necessary for local, state, and federal reporting requirements.
Diverse Learning Needs
Learners are unique and learn in different ways; all students must have opportunities to learn in their distinctive style.
Easy Internet Access
Ready access to a computer connected to the Internet for educator or students’ use.
Professional employee who holds a valid certificate or permit in order to deliver instruction to students; these employees may include classroom teachers, librarians, principals, counselors, or paraprofessionals
delivering instruction under the direction of a certified teacher.
Emerging Technologies 
Newer, developing technologies; ever changing digital equipment; convergence of technologies.
Higher-Level Thinking
Thinking that takes place in the higher levels of the hierarchy of cognitive processing on a continuum from knowledge level to evaluation level (e.g., Bloom’s Taxonomy); may include problem solving, decision making, investigation, and reflective thinking.
Inquiry-based Learning
Children learn by generating new hypotheses, by taking risks and by reflecting on their accomplishments and miscues. Children engage in inquiry when they investigate questions or issues they find compelling. These questions or issues may be related to a class theme or concept.
Instructional Setting
Location where teaching and learning takes place.
Use of technology by students and teachers to enhance teaching and learning and to support curricular objectives.
Interactive Communications
Two-way communications that may be synchronous or asynchronous and that are distinguished by mutually active responses. In online learning, interactive communications refers to a learning environment that includes a significant amount of discussion and other forms of communications between teachers and students that are enabled by technology. Examples include an Internet-based listserv, class newsgroups, discussion boards, or chat features.
Global network of networks that connects worldwide computers through digital systems.
Internet Connected, Multimedia Computer
A computer capable of presenting combinations of text, graphics, animation and streaming audio or video; the computer also should be connected to the Internet.
LAN (Local Area Network)
A network that connects computers in the same building.
Learning Communities
Schools, parents, and community collaborate to meet needs by pooling resources.