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Visualizing Technology, Introductory

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Edition:
2nd
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9780133110685

ISBN10:
0133110680
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/9/2013
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Prentice Hall

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Summary

This book is unlike anything you've seen before. You won't find long paragraphs of text that go on forever; instead you will find a highly visual layout with bite-sized chunks of texts, images used to represent concepts, making them easy to remember, chapters organized as articles with catchy headlines, and a Facebook page to stimulate and foster discussion. What is a computer? Hardware. File Management. Digital Devices and Multimedia. Application Software. System Software. The Internet and World Wide Web. Communicating and Sharing: The Social Web. Networks and Communication. Security and Privacy. Databases. Software and Application Development. Blogger. Mind Maps. Google Docs. MARKET: With an innovative and easy to read writing style, Visualizing Technologyteaches readers the basics of using a computer, from File Management to Hardware and Software and the Internet.

Author Biography

Debra Geoghan is currently an associate professor of computer and information science at Bucks County Community College, teaching computer classes ranging from basic computer literacy to cybercrime, computer forensics, and networking. She has earned certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, Apple, and others. Deb has taught at the college level since 1996 and also spent 11 years in the high school classroom. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Science Education from Temple University and an M.A. in Computer Science Education from Arcadia University.

 

Throughout her teaching career, Deb has worked with other educators to integrate technology across the curriculum. At BCCC, she serves on many technology committees, presents technology workshops for BCCC faculty, and runs a summer workshop for K-12 teachers interested in using technology in their classrooms. Deb is an avid user of technology which has earned her the nickname “gadget lady”.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. What Is a Computer?

 

What Does a Computer Do?

 

Objective 1: Explain the functions of a computer

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

The Information Processing Cycle

A Brief History of Computers

 

Objective 2: Describe the evolution of computer hardware, and explain the importance of Moore’s Law

History of Computers

First generation - vacuum tubes

Second generations - transistors

Third generation - integrated circuits

Fourth generation — microprocessors

Moore’s Law

Bits and Bytes

 

Objective 3: Describe how computers present data using binary codes

Binary Code

Measuring Data

Let’s Get Personal

 

Objective 4: List the various types and characteristics of personal computers

Desktop Computers

Portable Computers

Notebooks, netbooks, tablet PCs

Mac or PC?

Beyond the Desktop

 

Objective 5: Give examples of other personal computing devices

Handheld and Mobile Devices

Smartphones and Tablets

GPS and Wearables

Video Game Systems

Multiuser Computers

 

Objective 6: List the various types and characteristics of multiuser computers

Servers

Mini-computers and mid-range servers

Mainframes and enterprise servers

Supercomputers

Distributed and Grid Computing

Computers are Everywhere: Ubiquitous Computing

 

Objective 7: Explain the terms “ubiquitous computing” and “convergence ”

Embedded Computers

Convergence

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Computers?

Bioinformatics

Ergonomics

How To: Take a screen shot

 

GREEN COMPUTING: HOW SMART HOMES CAN SAVE ENERGY

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 2. Application Software

 

Making Business Work

 

Objective 1: Identify types and uses of business productivity software

Office Suites

Other Types of Business Software

Financial

Document management

Project management

Making It Personal

 

Objective 2: Identify types and uses of personal software

Office Applications

Finance and Tax Preparation Software

Entertainment and Multimedia Software

Educational and Reference Software

Portable Apps

Will It Run?

 

Objective 3: Assess a computer system for software compatibility

Your System Specs

System Requirements

Where to Get It

 

Objective 4: Compare various ways of obtaining software

Licensing

Free or Fee

Sources of Software

Your Head in the Cloud

 

Objective 5: Discuss the importance of cloud computing

Cloud Computing

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Application Software?

Volunteer

 

GREEN COMPUTING: ONLINE AND DOWNLOADED PROGRAMS VS. STORE BOUGHT PACKED

How To: Create a WordPAd document l

How To: Create something using some web app (Evernote?)

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 3.File Management

 

A Place for Everything

 

Objective 1: Create folders to organize files

Navigating Your Computer

Creating and Using Folders

Mac and Linux

Cloud storage

What’s in a Name?

 

Objective 2: Explain the importance of file extensions

File Names and Extensions

File Properties

Protecting FIles

 

Objective 3: Explain the importance of backing up files

Windows Backup

Other Backup Software

Cloud Backup Solutions

Encryption

Shrink It

 

Objective 4: Demonstrate how to compress files

Types of File Compression

Working with File Compression

It’s Always in the Last Place You Look

 

Objective 5: Use advanced search options to locate files

Using Windows to Search For Files

Using Boolean Logic to Refine Searches

That’s Not the Program I Want to Open This File Type

 

Objective 6: Change the default program associated with a file type

Setting Program Defaults

Managing File Type Associations

What Can I Do With Knowledge About File Management?

MOS certification

 

GREEN COMPUTING: THE PAPERLESS OFFICE

How To: Create a Compressed (Zipped) Folder in Windows

How To: new project using cloud backup tool

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 4. Hardware

 

The CPU: The Brains of the Operation

 

Objective 1: Explain the function of the CPU

Instruction Cycle

CPU Performance

Cooling System: Air Conditioning for the Processor

Getting to Know Your System Unit and Motherboard

 

Objective 2: Identify the parts of a system unit and motherboard

The Motherboard

Drive controllers and interfaces

Expansion cards

Data buses

Ports and connectors

Memory

A Place for Everything . . .

 

Objective 3: Compare different types of storage devices

Optical Discs

Solid-State Storage

Hard Drives

What Goes In . ..

 

Objective 4: List different input devices and their uses

Keyboards

Mouse and Other Pointing Devices

Touch input

Digital Cameras and Webcams

Scanners

Microphones and Game Controllers

. . . Must Come Out

 

Objective 5: List the different video and audio output devices and their uses

Video Output Devices

Monitors, projectors, video cards

Audio Output Devices

Pick a Printer

 

Objective 6: Compare the features of different types of printers

Inkjet Printers

Photo Printers

Dye-Sublimation Printers

Thermal Printers

Laser Printers

Multifunction Devices

Plotters

Adaptation: Making Technology Work for You

 

Objective 7: Explain and provide examples of the concept of adaptive technology

Adaptive Input Devices

Adaptive Output Devices

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

 

Objective 8: Discuss the different communication devices that can be used

Network Adapters

Modems

Fax Devices

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Hardware?

A+ Certification

Computer Sales and Technical Support Careers

Ethics: Discuss issues related to making reasonable accommodations required by ADA.

 

GREEN COMPUTING: SHOPPING SMART: LOOKING FOR ENERGY STAR RATINGS AND USING THE EPEAT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TOOL

How To: Assess Your Computer Hardware

How To: Update Device drivers?

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 5. System Software (Formerly Chapter 6)

 

Who’s Being Bossy Now?

 

Objective 1: Explain what an operating system does

Provides User Interface

Manages Resources

Manages and Controls Hardware

Interacts with Software

Desktop Operating Systems

 

Objective 2: Compare the most common stand-alone operating systems

Windows

MAC

Linux

Specialized Operating Systems

 

Objective 3: Recognize  the most common specialized operating systems

Embedded Operating Systems

Web Operating Systems

Network Operating Systems

Computer Maintenance Software

 

Objective 4: List and explain important disk utility software

Why Use Utilities?

Utilities for Disk Health

Disk Defragmenter

Disk Cleanup

What Can I Do With Knowledge About System Software?

Certifications

Job Opportunities

 

GREEN COMPUTING: POWER MANAGEMENT

Ethics: Hackintosh

How To: Keep Windows Up to Date

How To: Add new users to your computer

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 


 

Chapter 6. Digital Devices and Multimedia (Formerly Chapter 4)

 

Digital Camera Basics

 

Objective 1: Explain the features of various types of digital cameras

Key Features

Types of Digital Cameras

Bridging the Gap: Transferring Photos

 

Objective 2: Compare different methods for transferring images from a digital camera

Memory Cards

USB or FireWire Cables

Wireless Transfer

Cloud transfers: iCloud, mobile apps…

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Editing, Printing, and Sharing Photos

 

Objective 3: List several ways to edit and print photos

Editing Photos

Printing and Sharing Photos

Making Sense of Sound

 

Objective 4: Recognize different audio file types

Audio File Types

Media Software

Speech Recognition

You Ought to Be in Pictures

 

Objective 5: Describe several ways to create videos

Screen Capture

Webcams and Video Conferencing

Video Cameras

Sharing Video

On the Move With Technology

 

Objective 6: Compare various mobile devices

Portable Media Players

Handhelds and Smartphones

Tablets and mobile apps

E-readers

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Digital Devices and Multimedia?

Graphics

 

GREEN COMPUTING: E-WASTE

Ethics- DRM

How To: Edit Videos Using the YouTube Editor

How To: Configure Speech Recognition (Win7 and Mac)

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 7. The Internet

 

Internet Timeline

Objective 1: Recognize the importance of the Internet

How it All Got Started

World Wide Web

Internet2 (I2)

Get Connected

 

Objective 2: Compare the types of Internet connections

How Do You Get Connected?

Dial-up

Broadband

wireless

Connecting Without a Computer

ISPs

Surf’s Up

 

Objective 3: Compare popular Web browsers

Browsers

Configuring Your Web Browser

Add-ons, Plug-ins, and Toolbars

Navigating the Net

 

Objective 4: Demonstrate how to navigate the Web

Web Addresses

Smart Searching

Would I Lie to You?

 

Objective 5: Discuss how to evaluate the credibility of information found on the Web

Who Wrote It?

What About the Design?

What Can I Do With Knowledge About The Internet?

Research

 

GREEN COMPUTING: TELECOMMUNTING TO SAVE

How To: Create a Custom Home Page Using iGoogle,

How To: Manage browser faves, history

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects

 

Chapter 8. Communicating and Sharing: The Social Web

 

Talk to Me

 

Objective 1: Compare different forms of synchronous online communication

Chat and IM

VoIP, Skype

Leave a Message

 

Objective 2: Demonstrate how to use e-mail effectively

How Do You Read and Send E-mail?

Forums and Discussion Boards

There’s a Place for Everyone . .

 

Objective 3: Discuss the roles of social media in today’s society

Social Network Sites

Social Video, Image, and Music Sites

Social media’s role in politics and social movements

Get Your Word Out

 

Objective 4: Locate user-generated content in the form of a blog or podcast

Blogs

Podcasts

RSS

The Wisdom of the Crowd

 

Objective 5: Discuss how wikis and other social media sites rely on the wisdom of the crowd

Wikis

Social Review Sites

Social Bookmarking and News Sites

E-Commerce

 

Objective 6: Explain the influence of social media on e-commerce

Types of e-Commerce

How Safe is My Credit Card?

SEO

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Online Communication?

Social Media Marketer

 

GREEN COMPUTING: RAISING SOCIAL AWARENESS

Ethics: Self promotion

How to Create a Blog (formally Appendix)

How To: Use Skype to Make Calls

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

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Chapter 9. Networks and Communication

 

From Sneakernet to HotSpots

Objective 1: Discuss the importance of computer networks

Peer-to-Peer Networks

Client-Server Networks

LANS and WANS

 

Objective 2: Compare different types of LANs and WANs

Small Networks

LAN topologies

Large Networks

The Networking Hardware Store

 

Objective 3: List and describe the hardware used in both wired and wireless networks

Network Adapters

Network Hardware

The Softer Side

 

Objective 4: List and describe the software and protocols used in both wired and wireless networks

Peer-to-Peer Network Software

Client-Server Network Software

Network Protocols

Protecting Your Network

 

Objective 5: Explain how to protect a network

Layer 1–The Fence

Layer 2–Door Locks

Layer 3–Alarm Systems

Layer 4–Guard Dogs

What Can I Do With Knowledge About Computer Networks

Network Administrator

 

GREEN COMPUTING: SERVER VIRTUALIZATION

Ethics: Piggybacking and Wardriving

How To: Examine Network and Sharing Settings

How To: Map a Network Drive

Objectives Recap

Key Terms

Summary

End of Chapter Exercises

Word, PPT, Excel projects


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