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Discovering Computers 2014, 1st Edition

  • Misty E. Vermaat Purdue University Calumet
  • ISBN-10: 1285161769
  • ISBN-13: 9781285161761
  • 700 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2012
  • © 2014 | Published
  • Net Price: $125.75
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About The Solution

Overview

Based on extensive customer feedback, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ©2014 has been completely reexamined and revised to reflect the evolving needs of the concepts portion of the Introductory Computing course. This exciting new edition maintains many longstanding hallmarks, but is now highly focused on relevancy to provide students only with what they really need to know to be successful digital citizens in college and beyond. To better reflect the importance of certain topics in today's digital world, coverage of enterprise computing, ethics, Internet research skills, mobile computing, operating systems (other than Windows), browsers, security, and Web 2.0 has been expanded and integrated. New critical thinking and problem solving exercises are included in every feature throughout the text, engaging students in regular practice of higher-order thinking skills. In addition, students have more opportunity for hands-on practice with the completely revised end-of-chapter activities. With these enhancements and more, the new DISCOVERING COMPUTERS is an even more engaging teaching and learning tool for your classroom.


Additional Product Information

Features/Benefits

  • Restructured to improve student retention of material and promote transference of knowledge, new chapter organization presents concepts students need to know to be successful at home, school, and work in a format that better supports optimal learning.
  • Chapter boxes, marginal elements, and accompanying digital-only content are categorized by theme – Broaden Your Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Currency, and Self-Assessment – to make it easier for faculty and students to utilize these features effectively.
  • Unique, author-developed content – available only in the e-book – expands student knowledge and understanding through links to up-to-the-minute news, third-party websites, videos, animations, interactive figures, and more.
  • End-of-chapter student assignments including Beyond the Book, How To – Your Turn, Problem-Solving, Internet Research, and Test Prep exercises engage students in applying and synthesizing new knowledge.
  • Students who use the accompanying CourseMate website broaden their understanding of concepts through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and more!

What's New

  • Fully-revised text provides students with what they really need to know to be successful digital citizens in college and beyond.
  • New critical-thinking, problem-solving, and Internet research questions appear throughout each chapter in mini-features, boxes, and marginal elements to engage students in regular practice of higher-order thinking skills.
  • Expanded and integrated coverage of enterprise computing, ethics, Internet research skills, mobile computing, operating systems (other than Windows), browsers, security, and Web 2.0 appears throughout the text.
  • Completely revised end-of-chapter activities provide students with more opportunity for hands-on practice, problem solving, research, investigation, and independent learning.
  • Robust new e-book includes additional, relevant content developed by the authors.

Table of Contents

1. Digital Literacy: Introducing a World of Technology.
2. The Internet: Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating.
3. Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating the Possibilities.
4. Programs and Apps: Using Software at Work, School, and Home.
5. Digital Safety and Security: Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses.
6. Inside Computers and Mobile Devices: Exploring the Components.
7. Input and Output: Examining Popular Devices.
8. Digital Storage: Preserving on Media and on the Cloud.
9. Operating Systems: Managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources.
10. Communications and Networks: Sending and Receiving Digital Content.
11. Information and Data Management: Organizing, Verifying, Maintaining, and Accessing.
12. Information Systems and Program Development: Designing and Building Solutions.
Appendix - Acronym Reference.
Index.

Supplements

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1285161807 | ISBN-13: 9781285161808)

Go beyond the book with Instructor Resources to help you make the most of your classroom and lessons. Here you will find additional information on how to use our text as well as teaching and testing aids. This IR includes Figure Files, Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint Presentations, Solutions to Exercises, Syllabus, and ExamView test banks.


CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128516279X | ISBN-13: 9781285162799)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, interactive teaching and learning tools including quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more, as well as an Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128516279X | ISBN-13: 9781285162799)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, interactive learning tools including quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more, as well as an Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.


General MindLink for CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285743229 | ISBN-13: 9781285743226)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your computer course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.


Blackboard MindLink for CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285743180 | ISBN-13: 9781285743189)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your computer course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.


SAM 2013 Assessment, Training and Projects with MindTap Reader for Discovering Computers, Complete ©2014 Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285733983 | ISBN-13: 9781285733982)

SAM is the premier proficiency-based assessment and training environment for Microsoft® Office. SAM Assessment and Training helps you build skills and confidence with a variety of real-life simulations, and SAM Projects’ assignments prepare you to use Office applications in likely real-world settings.


Meet the Author

About the Author

Misty E. Vermaat

Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. Along with 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, Misty has led the development of, written, and co-authored numerous textbooks for the Shelly Cashman Series, including many editions of Discovering Computers, Discovering Computers Fundamentals, and Microsoft Word books.