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Teachers Discovering Computers
Integrating Technology and
Digital Media in the Classroom
6th Edition
Chapter 3
Application Productivity Tools for
Educators
Chapter Objectives
 Explain the role of an operating system and list
the main operating systems used on today’s
computers
 Define and describe a user interface and a
graphical user interface
 Identify the important features of widely used
software applications
 Describe the advantages of software suites
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Chapter Objectives
 Explain how to create documents
 Discuss why the use of video authoring and
editing software is important for K-12 schools
 List and describe learning aids and support tools
that help you use and learn software applications
 Explain how to work with different versions of
software applications
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The Operating System
 The Role of the Operating System
 System Software – consists of programs that
control the operations of the computer and its
devices
 Operating system – contains instructions that
coordinate all of the activities of the hardware
devices in a computer
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The Operating System
 Microsoft Windows
 Windows XP
 Windows Vista
 Windows 7
 Mac OS
 Mac OS, version 9.1
 Mac OS X
 Other Operating Systems
 UNIX
 Linux
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The Operating System
 Graphical User Interface (GUI) – combines text,
graphics, and other visual cues to make software
easier to use
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Application Software
 Programs designed to perform specific tasks for
users
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As a productivity / business tool
Assisting with graphics and multimedia projects
Supporting school and professional activities
Helping with home and personal activities
Facilitating communications
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Application Software
 Five major categories of application software
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Application Software
 Starting a Software Application
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Application Software
 Working with Software Applications
 Document - Piece of work created with an application
 Creating
 Editing
 Formatting
 Font
 Font size
 Font style
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Saving
Printing
Dialog box
Voice recognition
Note taking software
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Application Software
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Application Software
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Application Software
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Productivity Software
 Word Processing Software
 Used to create, edit, and format textual documents
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Productivity Software
 Word Processing
Software
 Formatting features
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Font and font size
Color
Borders
Clip art
Margins
Wordwrap
Scrolling
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Productivity Software
 Word Processing
Software
 Editing features
 Find or search
 Replace
 Spell checker
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Productivity Software
 Spreadsheet Software
 Allows you to organize numeric data in rows and
columns, collectively called a spreadsheet or
worksheet
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Productivity Software
 Spreadsheet Software
 Spreadsheet organization
 Worksheet has columns and rows
 Cell - Intersection of a row and a column
 Labels
 Values
 Formulas
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Productivity Software
 Spreadsheet Software
 Calculations
 Formula - Performs calculations on data in the
worksheet and displays the results in a cell
 Function – A predefined formula that performs
common calculations
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Productivity Software
 Spreadsheet Software
 Charts
 Graphically illustrates the relationship of numeric
data
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Productivity Software
 Database Software
 Database - A collection
of data organized in a
manner that allows
access, retrieval, and
use of that data
 Similar to a manual filing
system
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Productivity Software
 Database Software
 Developing a database
 Determine data that you
want to keep track of
 Define the fields
 Enter the data
 Use the database to
produce information
 Database Organization
 Database file
 Records
 Fields
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Productivity Software
 Presentation Graphics Software
 Allows you to create documents called
presentations which are used to communicate
ideas, messages, and other information to a group
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Productivity Software
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Productivity Software
 Presentation Graphics Software
 Predefined formats - define colors and other
elements for backgrounds, text, and other special
effects
 Various slide layouts
 Clip art / image gallery
 Slide sorter
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Productivity Software
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Productivity Software
 Presentation Graphics
Software
 Integrating electronic
presentations into the
classroom
 Nonlinear teaching and
learning
 Students and teachers
create presentations
 Can link to other slides,
presentations, and to
the Web
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Productivity Software
 Personal Information
Managers (PIM)
 Software application
that includes an
appointment calendar,
address book, notepad,
and other features to
help organize
appointments, task
lists, and more
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Productivity Software
 PDA and Smartphone Software
 Uses
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Create documents and worksheets
Manage databases and lists
Create slide shows
Take notes
Manage budgets and finances
View and edit photos
Read electronic books
Plan travel routes
Compose and read e-mail messages
Send instant messages
Send text and picture messages
View maps and directions
Read the latest news articles
Browse the Web
Use education apps
Web applications
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Productivity Software
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Productivity Software
 Software Suites
 Collection of individual
application software
packages sold as a
single package
 Lower cost
 Ease of use
 Common interface
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Desktop Publishing (DTP) Software
 Allows you to design, produce, and deliver
sophisticated documents that contain text,
graphics, and brilliant colors
 Page layout - arranging text and graphics in a
document
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Paint/Image-Editing Software
 Allows you to draw pictures, shapes, and other
graphical images using various tools on the screen
 Paint software
 Draw pictures, shapes, and other graphics
 Image-editing software
 Modify existing graphics
 Photo editing software
 Edit digital photographs
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Clip Art/Image Gallery
 Collection of clip art
and photographs
 Miscellaneous items
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Fonts
Animations
Sounds
Video and audio files
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Multimedia Authoring Software
 Used to create electronic presentations, simulations,
and software demonstrations that can contain:
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Text
Graphics
Video
Audio
Animation
Screen captures
 Often used in education
 Delivered on the Web, CDs, DVDs, and portable media
players
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Video and Audio
Editing Software
 Modify a segment of
a video, known as a
clip
 Add and remove
clips
 Add special effects
 Sounds
 Banners
 Credits
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Web Page Authoring
Software
 Allows you to create Web
pages and organize,
manage, and maintain
Web sites
 Many packages allow
creation of Web pages
 Word processing
programs allow creation
of web pages
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Graphics and Multimedia Software
 Web Page Authoring
Software
 Popular packages
 Microsoft Publisher
 Microsoft Expression
Web
 WebBlender 2
 Adobe Dreamweaver
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Software for School Use
 School and Student Management Software
 School management software
 Centralized program that allows district and school
personnel to manage school district operations
 Student management software
 Allows administrators, teachers, and other staff to
track information on students
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Software for School Use
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Software for School Use
 Grade Book Software
 Allows teachers to
track and organize
student tests,
homework, lab work,
and other scores
 Often integrates with
other software
packages
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Software for School Use
 Educational and Reference Software
 Educational software
 Software designed for the learning environment
 Reference software
 Provides valuable and thorough information for
everyone in an educational setting and in the family
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Software for School Use
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Software for School Use
 Special Needs Software
 Software designed for students with physical
impairments or learning disabilities
 Examples
 Speech synthesis software
 Text enlargement programs
 Talking calculators
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Software for School Use
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Software for Home and Personal Use
 Personal Finance
Software
 Simplified accounting
program
 Track personal income
and expenses
 Track investments
 Online banking and
investing
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Software for Home and Personal Use
 Tax Preparation
Software
 Guides individuals,
families, or small
businesses through the
process of filing federal
and state taxes
 Offers money saving
tax tips
 Prints tax forms
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Software for Home and Personal Use
 Legal Software
 Assists in preparation of
legal documents and
provides legal advice to
individuals, families, and
small businesses
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Software for Home and Personal Use
 Entertainment Software
 Interactive games and videos
 Hobbies
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Learning Aids and Support Tools
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Help
Web-based help
Trade books
Tutorials
FAQs
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Software Versions and Upgrades
 Software programs are designated a version
number
 Upgrade is a new version designed to replace an
older version
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Software Versions and Upgrades
 Using Different Software
Versions
 A school may have a mix of
different software versions
installed on its computers
 Determine software version
with the software’s About or
Information command
 Older version of software
may not open files created
with the newer version
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Chapter Summary
 Explain the role of an operating system and list
the main operating systems used on today’s
computers
 Define and describe a user interface and a
graphical user interface
 Identify the important features of widely used
software applications
 Describe the advantages of software suites
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Chapter Summary
 Explain how to create documents
 Discuss why the use of video authoring and
editing software is important for K-12 schools
 List and describe learning aids and support tools
that help you use and learn software applications
 Explain how to work with different versions of
software applications
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Teachers Discovering Computers
Integrating Technology and
Digital Media in the Classroom
6th Edition
Chapter 3 Complete
Application Productivity Tools for
Educators