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Practical Computer Literacy, 4th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • June Jamrich Parsons
  • Dan Oja
  • ISBN-10: 128507677X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285076775
  • 504 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2010, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
  • List Price = $ 224.95
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About

Overview

PRACTICAL COMPUTER LITERACY provides clear, comprehensive instruction on the basics of computer literacy. This convenient, reader-friendly text integrates computer concepts, Microsoft Office 2013 applications, and Internet essentials within a streamlined package. Concise lessons within each chapter, usually one page in length, are presented in an appealing Frequently Asked Questions format and include full-color screenshots and diagrams. Additionally, the textbook comes with a robust BookOnCD, which is a digital version of the textbook that brings the book to life with videos, animated diagrams, software tours and provides assessment opportunities via WebTrack technology.

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Features and Benefits

  • Chirps: Would you like to know the questions that students have while reading their textbooks? Now, Chirps let you find out! Similar to tweets, our Chirps features allows students to send you questions from within their digital textbook. You can also use Chirps as an in-class polling system or as an asynchronous polling tool for online students.
  • Clicker Questions: We've added clicker questions for each chapter from simple definitions to thought-provoking issues. If you don't have an in-class response system, students can use the new clicker feature that's built into their digital books.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8: This text has been updated to cover Microsoft Office 2013 and both Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows 8, keeping students fully up-to-date.
  • This convenient text provides thorough, effective instruction on basic computer skills by integrating coverage of essential computer and Internet concepts and Microsoft Office 2013 skills within a streamlined, reader-friendly package.
  • The accompanying Book-on-CD features animations, screen tours, and hands-on activities in a simulated environment, providing an ideal complement to the text and an appealing way to enhance learning.
  • WebTrack enables instructors to easily track student activities in order to monitor progress, assess learning, and make adjustments as needed throughout the course.
  • Nearly fifty projects in the back of the book allow students to develop their skills by applying what they learn to real-world scenarios they are likely to encounter in their personal and professional lives.
  • Students can learn by watching computer concepts in action with over 150 computer-guided tutorials on the BookOnCD.
  • Learn by watching computer concepts in action with over 150 computer-guided tutorials on the BookOnCD.

Table of Contents

PREFACE.
Before You Begin.
SEECTION I: COMPUTING FUNDAMENTALS.
1. Computer Hardware.
2. Peripheral Devices.
3. System and Application Software.
4. Installing Software.
5. Getting Started with Windows.
6. Working with Windows Settings and Accounts.
7. Working with Files.
SECTION II: KEY APPLICATIONS.
8. Getting Started With Application Software.
9. Creating a Document.
10. Formatting a Document.
11. Finalizing a Document.
12. Creating a Worksheet.
13. Formatting A Worksheet.
14. Finalizing a Worksheet.
15. Creating a Presentation.
16. Finalizing a Presentation.
17. Creating a Database.
18. Finalizing a Database.
SECTION III: ONLINE CONNECTIONS.
19. Networks.
20. Working with E-mail.
21. Browsing the Web.
22. Computer Benefits and Risks.
Projects.
Capstone Projects.
Index.

What's New

  • Fully updated to reflect Microsoft Office 2013 software.
  • IC3 certified with Global Standards 4.
  • Coverage of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • Additional "practical" material, such as visual examples of formatting (hanging indents, business memos, worksheet templates, etc.) to show "what" as well as "how."
  • Please note - all supplements will be available via the Instructor and Student Companion Sites on Cengage.com and cengagebrain.com (no Instructor Resource CD for this edition).

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Bundle: Text + SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, and Projects v1.0 Multi-Term Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305423585 | ISBN-13: 9781305423589

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

June Jamrich Parsons

June Parsons purchased her first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year she opened a successful small computer retail store with Dan Oja that also offered software instruction to children and adults. Dr. Parsons taught at the university level for more than 20 years. She holds a doctorate in Educational Technology and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. Dr. Parsons began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. She contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. She works via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

Dan Oja

An esteemed professional and respected author, Dan Oja, along with June Parsons, purchased an Apple II+ in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, he and Dr. Parsons opened a successful small computer retail store that offered software instruction to children and adults. With Dr. Parsons, Mr. Oja began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. Together, they contributed to the leading success of the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series. They also developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. Today, Mr. Oja's and Dr. Parson's team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces work together via the Internet to deliver exceptional texts.