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Brief Introduction to Computing.

Firstly, it is useful to understand the different types of devices for getting on the internet etc. There is the desktop or laptop computer. This can be the ordinary PC which uses Windows or the Apple Mac computer which is becoming more popular.

Smartphones consist of two types. The Apple iPhone and the Android type for example Samsung.

Tablets largely consist of the Apple iPad and a number of other types not using the Apple system.

Having hopefully made the above clear, I need to tell you that Duncan is producing two types of computer files in his resources for us.

PDF files which are the sheets for the choir to sing from.

iPads and iPhones can read and print out these files. On a PC computer you need to have special free software called Acrobat Reader installed to read and print out these files.

Duncan has also produced a few separate sound files which when played on suitable software will play separately as musical notes, the Soprano, Alto and Tenor parts of certain songs.

Duncan uses two programs or apps to be able to share his resources with us. These are Dropbox and Facebook which will be introduced to you below.

Dropbox is a very useful program or application. Once it is installed on your device, it means that individual files can be transferred easily between different devices.

Facebook is a popular free website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and videos, send and receive messages and keep in touch with friends.

Registered users can set up all the above on the Facebook website once they have logged on using their previously selected user name and password. To be 'registered' means to have set up an account by choosing a user name (usually your email address) and a password.

Facebook users can in addition install the Facebook program or app on their own device. They can then log onto and use Facebook on their own device rather than having to use the actual Facebook website.

The above does not cover everything but I hope that it gives a little help to make computing easier for you. Feedback is welcomed to help me improve future versions of this introduction.

Version: 12th October 2016


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