Technology in Action, Complete

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/8/2011
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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In today#x19;s technological age, computer literacy is important for everyone, and now learning the basics is easier than ever. A Computer Concepts Text Focused on Today#x19;s Student, Technology in Actionengages students by combining a unique teaching approach with rich companion media. The eighth edition has been updated to reflect the latest developments in computer technology. New interactive learning tools have also been added to enhance student engagement. Student CD is included with every text, containing: #xB7;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0; Sound Bytes: Multimedia lessons that demystify computer concepts with audio and video presentations. #xB7;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0; Sound Byte Podcasts: The Sound Bytes are now also available as podcasts. #xB7;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0; Active Helpdesk Calls: Highly interactive, engaging, almost game-like media that places the student in the role of a helpdesk staffer answering computer technology questions from callers. #xA0; Why Computers Matter to You: Becoming Computer Literate; The History of the PC; Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts; Using the Internet; Ethics; Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play; Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management; Understanding and Assessing Hardware; Networking and Security: Hackers and Viruses; Protecting Your Computer and Backing Up Your Data; Mobile Computing; Digital Entertainment;#xA0;System Hardware #xA0; With an array of fun and engaging learning tools, Technology in Action teaches students computer fundamentals, from learning Microsoft Office to setting up their own home network.

Author Biography

Three professors from Montgomery County Community College traveled with the Prentice Hall Information Technology team for over two years to uncover what students and professors today wanted and needed in an Intro to Computer Concepts text. After meeting with more than 1,000 students and instructors they developed Technology in Action. Due to overwhelming success, they recently published Technology in Action 8/e!

Alan D. Evans, M.S., CPA

Alan Evans is currently a faculty member at Moore College of Art and Design and Montgomery County Community College teaching a variety of computer science and business courses.  He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Rider University and an M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University, and he is a certified public accountant.  After a successful career in business, Alan finally realized his true calling was education.  He has been teaching at the college level since 2000.  Alan enjoys giving presentations at technical conferences and meets regularly with computer science faculty and administrators from other colleges to discuss curriculum development and new methods of engaging students. 


Kendall E. Martin, Ph.D.
Kendall has been teaching since 1988 at a number of institutions, including Villanova University, DeSales University, Arcadia University, Ursinus College, County College of Morris, and Montgomery County Community College, at both the undergraduate and master’s degree level. Kendall’s education includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has industrial experience in research and development environments (AT&T Bell Laboratories) as well as experience from several start-up technology firms. At Ursinus College, Kendall developed a successful faculty training program for distance education instructors, and she makes conference presentations during the year.

Mary Anne Poatsy, MBA, CFP
Mary Anne is an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, teaching various computer application and concepts courses in face-to-face and online environments. Mary Anne holds a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mary Anne has more than nine years of educational experience, ranging from elementary and secondary education to Montgomery County Community College, Muhlenberg College, and Bucks County Community College, as well as training in the professional environment. Prior to teaching, Mary Anne was a vice president at Shearson Lehman Hutton in the Muncipal Bond Investment Banking department.

Table of Contents


Technology in Action, Eighth Edition

Contents at a Glance



Chapter 1

Why Computers Matter to You: Becoming Computer Literate


Technology in Focus

The History of the PC


Chapter 2

Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts


Chapter 3

Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web’s Resources


Technology in Focus

Information Technology Ethics


Chapter 4

Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play


Chapter 5

Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management


Technology in Focus

Computing Alternatives


Chapter 6

Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System


Chapter 7

Networking: Connecting Computing Devices


Technology in Focus

Under the Hood


Chapter 8

Digital Lifestyle: Managing Digital Data and Devices


Chapter 9

Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices


Technology in Focus

Careers in IT


Chapter 10

Behind the Scenes: Building Applications



Chapter 11

Behind the Scenes: Databases and Information Systems


Chapter 12

Behind the Scenes: Networking and Security in the Business World


Chapter 13

Behind the Scenes: How the Internet Works






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