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Enhanced Discovering Computers ©2017, Essentials, 1st Edition

  • Misty E. Vermaat
  • Susan L. Sebok
  • Steven M. Freund
  • Mark Frydenberg
  • Jennifer T. Campbell
  • ISBN-10: 1305657462
  • ISBN-13: 9781305657465
  • 376 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Teach students to maximize the use of mobile devices, make the most of online tools for collaboration and communications, and fully utilize today’s Internet capabilities with the latest edition of the comprehensive DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ESSENTIALS ENHANCED. Introductory computing students see how technology skills assist in employment and advancing careers. This edition highlights the most recent developments in computer tools and technology with new emphasis on Web Development, creating a strong web presence, and the latest Windows 10 information. To keep content as current as possible, online coverage of contemporary technology developments builds on the book’s discussions. The authors emphasize actionable content with a proven learning structure and practice to reinforce key skills. Self-assessments open each chapter, enabling learners to target study and learn more in less time. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ESSENTIALS ENHANCED presents the content students need to succeed in a way that ensures understanding.

Features

  • BOOK’S STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION IMPROVES RETENTION AND UNDERSTANDING. The authors have used their teaching experience and technical expertise to present the information in a way that encourages students to retain the material. The book’s unique approach promotes transference of knowledge.

  • CHAPTERS ARE STRUCTURED TO HIGHLIGHT TOPICS MOST IMPORTANT FOR SUCCESS. All material is formatted to enhance the reader’s learning experience and highlight key information students need to know at home, at school, and at work.

  • END-OF-CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS PROVIDE CRITICAL HANDS-ON PRACTICE. The authors have carefully designed all assignments to help students refine the skills that are most important for their success in your course and in their future coursework and employment.

  • UNIFYING THEMES CONNECT FEATURE BOXES AND MARGIN NOTES. Interesting in-chapter feature boxes and content reinforces each chapter’s theme and effectively directs readers’ attention to practical applications.

  • ROBUST LEARNING FEATURES REFINE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS. Consider this boxes, Ethics and Issues boxes, and questions posed throughout the book challenge students to critically evaluate and determine solutions for contemporary technology dilemmas.

  • LATEST TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS KEEP YOUR COURSE AS CURRENT AS POSSIBLE. Internet Research elements, Technology @Work boxes, Technology Innovators, and Facebook posts/Twitter tweets help you present the most up to date information and technology developments to your students.

About the Author

Misty E. Vermaat

Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft® Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Ms. Vermaat has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series and has written or co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS and Microsoft® Word books.

Susan L. Sebok

Susan L. Sebok is a retired professor at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. She is also a licensed attorney. Ms. Sebok has co-authored several successful textbooks for the leading Shelly Cashman Series, including multiple versions of Microsoft® PowerPoint® and DISCOVERING COMPUTERS.

Steven M. Freund

Steven M. Freund attended the University of Central Florida and serves as a leader instructor of various Microsoft® Office, computer concepts, programming, and Internet technology courses throughout Central Florida. An integral author for the successful Shelly Cashman Series since 2001, he has presented at the annual customer conference, the Shelly Cashman Series Institute, as well as other customer events. Mr. Freund has co-authored multiple editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, Mozilla Firefox, Windows® Internet Explorer, Windows®, Office, and Dreamweaver books. He has also written numerous successful instructor supplements..

Mark Frydenberg

Mark Frydenberg is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Information Systems at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Director of the CIS Sandbox, Bentley’s technology social learning space, which prepares students to succeed in their CIS courses and to thrive in a technology-driven business world. Professor Frydenberg teaches courses in technology concepts, Python and technology trends. His research focuses on digital literacy, collaborative learning and pedagogies for engaging students with technology. Professor Frydenberg has presented at academic and applied technology conferences and events throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is also an author of several editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, and he authored WEB 2.0 CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS in the popular Shelly Cashman Series.

Jennifer T. Campbell

In addition to co-authoring TECHNOLOGY FOR SUCCESS texts, Jennifer T. Campbell has written and co-authored several other leading technology texts, including DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING THE INTERNET, WEB DESIGN: INTRODUCTORY, MICROSOFT® EXPRESSION WEB INTRODUCTORY CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES, COMPUTER LITERACY BASICS: MICROSOFT® OFFICE 2007 COMPANION and MICROSOFT® OFFICE QUICK REFERENCE POCKET GUIDE. Ms. Campbell has served integral roles in computer textbook publishing as an editor, author and marketing manager. She holds a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary.

Table of Contents

Introductory Chapter: Succeeding In This Course: Tips and Pointers.
1. Introducing Today’s Technologies: Computers, Devices, and the Web.
2. Connecting and Communicating Online: The Internet, Websites, and Media.
3. Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating Options for Home and Work.
4. Programs and Apps: Productivity, Graphics, Security, and Other Tools.
5. Digital Security, Ethics, and Privacy: Threats, Issues, and Defenses.
Feature: Technology Timeline.
Appendix A: Acronym Reference.
Appendix B: Troubleshooting Computer and Mobile Device Problems
Focus On: Web Development.

New to this edition

  • NEW WEB DEVELOPMENT APPENDIX EMPHASIZES SKILLS FOR CREATING A WEB PRESENCE. This content gives you the flexibility to highlight the key skills your students need to establish and maintain a strong presence on today’s Web by providing a hands on opportunity to create a project in HTML5.
  • UPDATED REFERENCES REFLECT MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10. Your students learn to maximize the latest features of the new Microsoft® Windows 10 as they progress throughout this edition.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

SAM 365 & 2016 Assessment, Training, and Projects Instant Access with 1 MindTap Reader, (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 133711393X | ISBN-13: 9781337113939)

SAM trains and assesses essential Microsoft Office and computer concepts skills. Students engage in a hands-on simulated environment, then apply their skills live in the applications with real world scenarios. SAM’s auto-graded assignments and flexible reporting tools saves instructors time and energy.

Student Supplements

SAM 365 & 2016 Assessment, Training, and Projects Instant Access with 1 MindTap Reader, (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 133711393X | ISBN-13: 9781337113939)

This access code is available to you for as long as your institution uses SAM 365 & 2016. MindTap Reader access length is dependent upon how it was setup by your instructor. SAM – Skills Assessment Manager – is the top online training resource for Microsoft Office and computer concepts skills. With automatic feedback on assignments and personalized study guides, SAM helps you stay on track for improved grades. SAM has all your course content in one easy location. SAM training and assessments simulate the real Microsoft Office environment and SAM projects let you apply the skills live in the application using real-world scenarios, preparing you for more workplace success.