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The very first release of a program, ready for in-house testing. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_stage.

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency: http://www.becta.org.uk/.

The version of the software ready for testing by “real” users. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development stage.

Short for web log, or online journal.

The “universe” of blogs as a whole.

A collection of links to other people’s blogs.

In education, the idea that knowledge is created through an active process on the part of the learner. (Social constructivism is similar, but involves collaboration and exploration with others. Hence, the blogosphere and, especially, the edublogosphere are excellent examples of social constructivism in practice – or ought to be!

Short for “Curriculum Vitae”, this is what the Brits call a resumé.

Department for Education & Skills – the UK’s education arm of government: http://www.dfes.gov.uk.

The same as blogosphere, but applied to education blogs.

Software which is distributed free of charge with its source code, enabling others to take part in developing it. See: http://www.terry- freedman.org.uk/artman/uploads/computers in classrooms 15.pdf for a special edition of the Computers in Classrooms newsletter focusing on open source software.

This is an audio recording that you can subscribe to via RSS and listen to on a computer or (usually) an mp3 player at a time of your choosing. It takes its name from the iPod – but you don’t actually need an iPod to either make or listen to a podcast.

This is the American term for CV.

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