Higher Education

Learning with Computers II (Level Orange, Grade 8), 2nd Edition

  • H. Albert Napier Rice University
  • Ollie N. Rivers
  • Jack P. Hoggatt University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • ISBN-10: 0538450711  |  ISBN-13: 9780538450713
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
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The new second edition LEARNING WITH COMPUTERS II (Level Orange, Grade 8) is a revision of the first edition project-based text to cover Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. There is also a companion text, LEARNING WITH COMPUTERS I (Level Green, Grade 7). This series for middle school students delivers a strong foundation in keyboarding and computer applications. In this project based text, students are introduced to the Explorers Club where four young members of the club – Luis, Ray, Julie, and Lin – guide students on virtual explorations. Along the way, each student keeps a personal journal about their explorations. The text offers multiple opportunities to reinforce and maintain basic keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, graphics, and Internet skills. Students are also introduced to new grade-level appropriate computer skills based on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). Additionally, the text emphasizes research, reading, and writing activities relevant to social studies, science, math, and language arts curriculum. The text for use with Windows applications, is divided into 4 units; Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations (Graphics, Multimedia, and Integration) and Databases. Each unit contains multiple projects (totaling 18 projects per text), plus an introductory project. Each project focuses on a group of grade-level appropriate objectives for particular computer applications. Several hands-on activities within each project are designed around these objectives. This one-semester text can be used as a stand alone text or in conjunction with South-Western’s MicroType keyboarding software. MicroType is an engaging, easy-to-use program that teaches new-key learning and skill building. Features include 3-D animations, videos, and fun interactive games.

Features and Benefits

  • Four young characters – Julie, Lin, Luis, and Ray – guide students through the projects with a fun "explorer theme" that helps keep students interested.
  • Text includes activities for research, reading, and writing that are relevant to social studies, science, math, and language arts curriculums.
  • Text is divided into four units: word processing, worksheet, presentation, and database; begins with a pre-assessment to identify the student's basic computer skills; ends with an objective unit test and hands-on computer skills assessments.
  • Each unit contains activities for research, collaboration, oral presentations, and critical thinking.
  • Projects include activities that allow students to demonstrate and practice computer skills using cross-curricular activities, quizzes, and hands-on computer skills post-assessments.

Table of Contents

Getting Started with Computers.
1. Rafting the Mississippi with Mark Twain.
2. Living in the Thirteen English Colonies.
3. Crossing the Missouri with Lewis and Clark.
4. Exploring the Writers of Concord.
5. Reenacting the Founding of Our Nation.
6. Creating Yosemite National Park.
7. Exploring Elements from the Periodic Table.
8. Analyzing Early U.S. Population Data.
9. Creating a Budget.
10. Discovering the Universe.
11. Working in New England’s Textile Mills.
12. Changing the States of Matter.
13. Observing the Atom.
14. Rushing to California.
15. Identifying Important Scientists.
16. Cataloging the Fifty States.
17. Working for Social Reform.
18. Organizing Data: U.S. Inventors and Inventions.
Capstone Project.

What's New

  • Projects cover Microsoft Office 2010 and also work with Office 2007.
  • Topics correlate to new NETS standards.
  • Century 21's nationally adopted document formats are used for reports and letters.
  • "Summer Internship" unit simulation projects integrate computer applications and build to a capstone project.
  • Asian female Explorer character Lin adds more diversity and fairness.
  • Career Cluster Activities added for each Project: "Explorer’s Club Career Day."
  • New supplemental exercises on the IRCD are for 1) more skills practice, 2) exploring new software features, and 3) Internet research.
  • MicroType software correlates with text to provide additional keyboarding practice.
  • Updated, fresher internal design.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The computer instructions were great. The Explorer’s Guide with the Objectives, Trail Markers, Apply It!, and Check Point all fall within guidelines for student learning. There were many opportunities for learning each application. The use of positive comments "Great Job." "What a super looking chart." That will definitely excite the middle school student.""I especially found the Project Skills Review of enormous value.The Ergonomics tips were the BEST. This was my first opportunity to learn Ergonomics at such a professional level. The information is incorporated in the student text. How wonderful." -- Bonnie W. Brown, Clinton Junior High School, Clinton, MS

— Bonnie W. Brown

"The manuscript covers all of the skills the middle school student will need to complete school assignments in a very professional manner. It is also an in-depth look at skills employees need in a work related setting in a fun and easy to understand format. The skills learned in the word processing manuscript could actually be applied to an entry-level position in the business world. The "trail marker" describes what the student will be doing and the "apply it" gives the student numbered, easy to follow instructions to complete the task. Each trail marker is short, and easy to read. The teacher guide corresponds with each trail marker, giving the teacher suggested dialogue to present and emphasize what the student will be doing. " -- Barbara Beasley, Taylor Middle High School, Pierson, FL

— Barbara Beasley


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538450819 | ISBN-13: 9780538450812)

Now all instructor materials are available on one convenient and easy-to-use CD. Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this Windows CD has instructor files unique to the textbook. A variety of ancillaries are included to provide online resources, web-based solutions, and application files. All of these tools can help motivate students and enhance their knowledge and course appreciation. This Windows CD contains: data files by project, solutions by project, PowerPoint® presentations, quizzes, quiz solutions, rubrics, post-assessment (Work files), post-assessment data files, post-assessment solution files, character clip art, scope & sequence, links to South-Western’s web site.

ExamView® CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538450940 | ISBN-13: 9780538450942)

This CD-ROM includes the ExamView test generator software along with test banks for most units from the student text. Exams can be customized and final exams can be created.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

H. Albert Napier

H. Albert Napier is a Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. The author and co-author of several books about using desktop applications, Al has been involved in computer education for more than 20 years.

Ollie N. Rivers

Ollie N. Rivers has more than 20 years business experience in financial and administrative management and more than 10 years experience as a corporate trainer. She is a co-author of two e-business textbooks; a contributing author on more than 15 software applications and Internet textbooks; and has developed numerous continuing education seminars for accounting professionals. Ms. Rivers holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting and Management, both from Houston Baptist University.

Jack P. Hoggatt

Dr. Jack P. Hoggatt writes the Keyboarding reinforcement activities for the Learning with Computers projects. He is Department Chair for the Department of Business Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has taught courses in Business Writing, Advanced Business Communications, and the communication component of the university’s Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. Dr. Hoggatt has held offices in professional organizations and has been received the Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Educator Award in Wisconsin. He has served as an advisor to local and state business organizations. Dr. Hoggatt is involved with his community and the school activities of his four children.