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Discovering Computers, Essentials ©2018: Digital Technology, Data, and Devices, 1st Edition

  • Misty E. Vermaat
  • Susan L. Sebok
  • Steven M. Freund
  • Jennifer T. Campbell
  • Mark Frydenberg
  • ISBN-10: 1337285110
  • ISBN-13: 9781337285117
  • 336 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2015, 2014
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Teach students to maximize their use of mobile devices, make the most of online tools for collaboration and communication, and fully utilize today’s Internet capabilities with the latest edition of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS 2018. Introductory computing students see how technology skills assist in employment and advancing their careers. This edition highlights today’s most current technology trends and developments. Timely coverage now emphasizes web development, how to create a strong web presence, and take full advantage of latest Windows 10. The authors provide helpful suggestions for hands-on exercises, small group activities, and discussion topics that allow students to apply and demonstrate their understanding of each module. Self-assessments open each module and enable learners to focus their study and learn more in less time. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS presents the key content that students need for success, using an inviting approach that ensures understanding.


  • HELPFUL WEB DEVELOPMENT APPENDIX EMPHASIZES SKILLS FOR CREATING A STRONG WEB PRESENCE. With this optional content, you have the flexibility to highlight key skills students need to establish and maintain a strong presence on today’s Web. You can offer han

  • UPDATED REFERENCES REFLECT MICROSOFT® WINDOWS 10. Your students learn to take full advantage of the latest features of Microsoft® Windows 10 as they progress throughout this edition.

  • 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

  • TIMELY, FOCUSED MODULES HIGHLIGHT TOPICS MOST IMPORTANT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS. All content is structured using a proven approach to enhance the reader’s learning experience and highlight key information students need to know at home, at school, and at work.

  • END-OF-MODULE ASSIGNMENTS PROVIDE CRITICAL HANDS-ON PRACTICE. The authors have carefully designed all assignments to help students develop 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-module feature boxes and content reinforces each module’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.

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..

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.

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.

Table of Contents

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.
Focus On: Technology Timeline.
Focus On: Web Development.
Appendix A: Technology Acronyms.
Appendix B: Troubleshooting Computer and Mobile Device Problems.

New to this edition

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE INTRODUCES TODAY’S WEB AND CLOUD APPS, VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY, AND CROWDSOURCING. Students become familiar with the latest computer advancements as this edition’s timely coverage and online support address emerging issues and reflect the most recent applications and tools available.