Higher Education

DigiTools: Communication, Information, and Technology Skills, 3rd Edition

  • Karl Barksdale Farrer Middle School, Provo, UT
  • ISBN-10: 0538741295  |  ISBN-13: 9780538741293
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2004
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $88.25
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About

Overview

No other book better prepares students for the innovations in Microsoft® Office (2010 and 2007) and living in today's digital world like the third edition of DIGITOOLS! DIGITOOLS emphasizes computer applications, such as word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, and database while also providing instruction on the proper way to key and format documents using proven instructional methods, Students learn to effectively use the Internet and input technologies, including speech and handwriting recognition.

Features and Benefits

  • Complete coverage of computer applications and input technology topics for a full year of instruction.
  • Applications covered include operating systems, the Internet, managing digital information, keyboarding, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, database, digital imaging, desktop publishing, web site creation, drawing, online skills, personal finance, career and job search skills, resume building, speech recognition, and handwriting recognition.
  • Chapters on desktop publishing and reports provide additional focus on advanced word processing skills.
  • A full chapter on beginning keyboarding instruction follows South-Western's time-tested, proven pedagogy, with references to the correlated MicroType keyboarding software--the most well-known educational program on the market.
  • Emphasis on keyboarding and creating documents from scratch provides the practice that students need.

Table of Contents

1. Technology for Life, Career and Academic Success.
2. Digital Information, Access and Search Skills.
3. New Key Learning Skills--Letter Keys.
4. Powerful Presentation Skills.
5. Academic and Business Writing with Microsoft Word.
6. Smart Spreadsheet Skills.
7. Easy Access Database Skills.
8. Digital Image Imagination Skills.
9. Desktop Publishing Skills.
10. Advanced Word Processing Skills.
11. Web Site Creation Skills.
12. Apps and Gadget Skills.
13. Drawing, Sketching and Note taking Skills.
14. Online Team-working Skills.
15. Personal and Business Finance Skills.
16. Career and Job Search Skills.
17. Interviewing and On-the-Job Skills.
Appendix A: Handwriting Recognition.
Appendix B: Microsoft Speech Recognition.
Appendix C: Number and Symbol Keys.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Chapter content is divided into daily lessons making learning more effective and easier to implement.
  • Each lesson contains sufficient activities for practice and classroom efficiency.
  • All activities cover both Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007 for Windows 7.
  • Google Doc applications are also discussed and applied to show new document alternatives.
  • Other new topics include cloud computing, social networking, improved coverage of video and graphics, and a stronger emphasis on word processing.
  • Into the Cloud is a new end-of-chapter feature that discusses online applications and issues that pertain to each chapter's topic. The included critical thinking questions for discussion and collaboration aid learning.
  • An Ethics feature introduces challenging topics and requires discussion of each issue.
  • Realism is at the forefront with a publisher-built company intranet (www.corporateview.com) that requires students to look up information in order to complete many projects in this text.
  • New end-of-chapter activities provide reinforcement for math, communications/language arts, and career cluster integration.
  • 21st Century Skills activities in the end-of-chapter review provide essential coverage of key soft skills, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • Watch the Video is a reference for step-by-step videos showing how to perform basic skills with Microsoft Office 2010. These videos are found on the IRCD and web site.
  • Intermediate speech recognition activities to strengthen skills have been added.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Online Adobe PDF eBook Printed Access Card (6)

ISBN-10: 1133643450  | ISBN-13: 9781133643456

List Price = $116.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • DigiTools: Communication, Information, and Technology Skills
    List Price = $116.95  | CengageBrain Price = $116.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $88.25
  • Online Adobe PDF eBook Printed Access Card
    List Price = $74.75  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $74.75


Bundle: Text + Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133808832  | ISBN-13:  9781133808831

List Price = $163.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • DigiTools: Communication, Information, and Technology Skills
    List Price = $116.95  | CengageBrain Price = $116.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $88.25
  • Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
    List Price = $93.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $69.00


Printed Text + Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1285261763  | ISBN-13:  9781285261768

List Price = $208.95  | CengageBrain Price = $208.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • DigiTools: Communication, Information, and Technology Skills
    List Price = $116.95  | CengageBrain Price = $116.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $88.25
  • Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code
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Bundle: Text + Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card (6) for Barksdale's DigiTools: Communication, Information, and Technology Skills, 3rd

ISBN-10:  1133808859 | ISBN-13:  9781133808855

List Price = $131.95  | CengageBrain Price = $131.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $99.00

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  • Keyboarding/Computer Education CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The general information is great and explained in a manner in which middle/high school aged children should understand. I really liked the Instant Messages and the DigiTips; although Text Messaging is much more popular now, so might want to consider changing the name. The information in both of these was very useful. I really liked teaching the students early on about the importance of good organization of their information as taught in lesson 1-5. This is a skill that is critical in this era of so much information at our fingertips." -- Karla Blowers, Yelm High School, Yelm, WA

— Karla Blowers

"The text is up to date with most technology. It reflects the tools that should be used in the 21st Century classroom. If the teachers and students are not familiar with the components already, this text introduces them to the technology that is available and used in and out of the classroom. Chapter 1 beautifully introduces the student to the digital tools and uses; it gets the student thinking of how to use their digital components as tools rather than for entertainment. Another great strength of this manuscript is that it addresses career clusters and collaborative based projects. It is business orientated to give the students an intro to business as well as an intro to DigiTools that are used in the workplace! I think this is the most significant strength of this manuscript. Chapter two covers the Internet more thoroughly than I have seen in any past text. GREAT!" -- Kathleen Goosen, Richey Public Schools, Richey, MT

— Kathleen Goosen

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538731605 | ISBN-13: 9780538731607)

Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this CD has instructor files unique to the textbook. A variety of ancillaries are included to provide data files, solutions files, PowerPoint presentation files, supplemental lessons, Corporate View files for the intranet simulation for the web site, Forms for assessment, Instructor's Manual, Lesson Plans, MicroType Correlation, and Review Quizzes. All of these tools can help motivate students and enhance their knowledge and course appreciation.

ExamView┬«  (ISBN-10: 053873163X | ISBN-13: 9780538731638)

This computerized testing tool allows instructors to create paper and online tests and is ideal for building tests, worksheets, and study guides (practice tests). This assessment solution saves time creating and grading tests, and improves student results by focusing on specific learning objectives.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Karl Barksdale

Karl Barksdale is currently an instructor at the Utah County Academy of Sciences and is a former instructor at Farrer Middle school in Provo, UT. He has recently been a consultant for Google. Formerly a Development Manager for the Training and Certification team at WordPerfect Corporation, he obtained a master's degree in curriculum from the University of Utah and applied his degree as the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for Provo School District. Later he returned to education as a Business Education instructor. Since that time he has authored more than 50 business and computer education textbooks for South-Western Educational Publishing, Course Technology, Speaking Solutions, and other publishers.