Introduction to software

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Introduction to software

  1. 1. PROGRAMS AND APPS
  2. 2. IN THIS PRESENTATION:We will learn about:• The difference between hardware and software• Two types of software, and the differences between them • The software that comes installed on your computer • The types of software you might want to add to your computer• How to get software onto your computer• Some examples of useful software
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWAREYour computer is made up of Inside your computer (and on the web), youHardware. will findThis includes: Software. Software works with your computer to• Computer get things done, such as :• Monitor • Write a letter• Keyboard • Connect a printer• Mouse • Balance your checkbook• Printer • Video call a friend• And more • And more…
  4. 4. TYPES OF SOFTWAREThere are 2 types of software: System and Application.
  5. 5. System Software OPERATING SYSTEM WITH UTILITIES 1. Perform basic tasks (coordinating keyboard, display, keeping track of files, and controlling peripheral devices like disk drives and printers) 2. Helps programs to work at the same time without interfering with each other 3. Provides a platform for application software 4. Includes basic utilities (notepad, calculator, media viewer).
  6. 6. Application SoftwareMAKING YOUR COMPUTER USEFUL1. Perform more specialized tasks (word processing, spreadsheets, email, photo editing, bookkeeping)2. Installed onto your computer with disk or downloaded3. Can be web based, with no need to download program onto computer
  7. 7. WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOW• Installed: Putting program onto computer• Downloaded: Takes program from Internet, brings it down to your computer• Uploaded: Takes something from you computer and brings it up to the “cloud”• Cloud: Computers online which store files and folders• Update: When the program fixes a bug, it will then ask you to download and install these changes…IMPORTANT• Apps: Programs that do one thing really well which you will download to your computer or device (MapQuest, Skype)
  8. 8. INSTALLING SOFTWAREPurchase software From a store (Target, Office Depot, Costco) Online (From a manufactures site, Amazon, other online store)Decide whether you want a disk or to downloadIf you want a disk, you will install it using your computer CDdrive. It may come with instructions. It may also come with aspecial “key” which you will need to “unlock” your programIf you download the program, you will probably want to “save it”to your computer, check for viruses, and then install. You mayalso need a key, or to “validate it” in some way
  9. 9. WEB BASED SOFTWARE• Usually free• You may have to download it (such as Skype)• There may be information to give in order to use it (Facebook, email)• Can be used on all computers• You will have to remember your login and passwords
  10. 10. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: QUICKEN
  11. 11. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: PICASA
  12. 12. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: EVERNOTE
  13. 13. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: ITUNES
  14. 14. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER
  15. 15. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: SPIDER SOLITAIRE
  16. 16. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: GOOGLE DRIVE
  17. 17. EXAMPLE OF SOFTWARE: FREE WINDOWS UTILITIES
  18. 18. QUESTIONS & GROUP DISCUSSIONWhat is the value of having a program installed on your computer?Why would you want to have a program based on the web?What is the most useful program that you have installed on your computer?Why would the operating system of a computer be different than that of a mobile device?

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