Computer Skills/Basic/Software Concepts

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Basic software concepts include operating systems and applications.

Objectives and Skills[edit]

Objectives and skills for basic software concepts include:[1]

  • Distinguish what is software / hardware
  • Understand menu bars; etc
  • Understand basic terminology: file; application
  • Understand purpose of backup

Multimedia[edit]

  1. YouTube: Computer Basics: Understanding Applications

Activities[edit]

  1. Complete the tutorial GCFLearnFree.org Understanding Applications. Identify common applications installed on your computer (browser, word processing application, presentation application, etc.).
  2. Complete the tutorial Backing Up Your Files. Create a backup of your important files.

Key Terms[edit]

application
Computer software that causes a computer to perform useful tasks beyond the running of the computer itself.[2]
backup
Refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.[3]
browser
A software application for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.[4]
file
A resource for storing information, which is available to a computer program and is usually based on some kind of durable storage.[5]
word processor
A software application for composing, editing, formatting and sometimes printing of any sort of written material.[6]

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