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Visualizing Technology, Introductory

Visualizing Technology, Introductory

3rd Edition

Debra Geoghan

May 2014, Paperback, 464 pages
ISBN13: 9780133831061
ISBN10: 013383106X
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Visualizing Technology covers all of the traditional topics taught in a Computer Concepts, Digital Literacy, or Computer Literacy course, but in a non-traditional way that is more appealing to visual and kinesthetic learners. With an innovative and easy to read writing style, Visualizing Technology teaches readers the basics of using a computer, from File Management to Hardware and Software and the Internet.

Visualizing Technology is unlike any textbook you’ve seen before. You won’t find pages full of long paragraphs. Instead, you’ll find a highly visual, magazine-style layout with images used creatively to represent concepts, making them easy to remember; chapters organized as articles with catchy headlines; and all the details needed but in bite-size chunks of text written the way students are hardwired to think. You’ll also find coverage of ethics, green computing, and careers in every chapter, and the content is modular, so you can use this book the way you teach your course.

Note: This is the standalone book, if you want the book/access card order the ISBN below:

0133894649 / 9780133894646 Visualizing Technology, Introductory & MyITLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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MyITLab is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.

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

· How To Use QR Codes (Android and iOS)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COMPUTERS

Objective 2. Describe the Evolution of Computer Hardware

·

Histor

y of Computers

o

First-generation computers

o

Second-generation computers

o

Third-generation computers

·

o

Moore

Fourth-generation computers

’s Law

BITS AND BYTES

Objective 3. Describe How Computers Represent 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

· Notebook Computers

· MAC OR PC?

· Ergonomics

BEYOND THE DESKTOP

Objective 5. Give Examples of Other Personal Computing Devices

· Mobile Devices

o Smartphones and tablets

o Gps and wearables

· Video Game Systems

· How to Capture a Screenshot of Your Desktop

MULTIUSER COMPUTERS

Objective 6. List the Various Types and Characteristics of Multiuser Computers

· Servers

· Supercomputers

· Distributed and Grid Computing

COMPUTERS ARE EVERYWHERE — UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING

Objective 7. Explain Ubiquitous Computing and Convergence

· Embedded Computers

· Convergence

GREEN COMPUTING: Smart Homes

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Bioinformatics

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 2 Application Software

MAKING BUSINESS WORK

Objective 1. Identify Types and Uses of Business Productivity Software

· Office Suites

o Word processing

o Spreadsheet software o Presentation software o Database software

o Personal information manager

· Other Types Of Business Software


o Financial

o Document management

o 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

o Media management

o Video and photo editing

o Games

· Educational and Reference Software

o Trip planning

o Genealogy

o Home and landscape design

· Portable Apps

· How To Create a Document Using WordPad or TextEdit

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

o Retail brick-and-mortar stores

o Retail websites

o Publisher websites

o Software download websites

YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUD

Objective 5. Discuss the Importance of Cloud Computing

· Cloud Computing

o Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

o Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

o Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

· How To Edit Photos with Photoshop Express Editor Online


MANAGING SOFTWARE ON YOUR SYSTEM

Objective 6. Install, Uninstall, and Update Software

· Installing Software

· Updating and Uninstalling Software

GREEN COMPUTING: Online and Downloaded Programs vs. Store-Bought Software

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Software Trainers

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 3 File Management

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

Objective 1. Create Folders to Organize Files

· Navigating Your Computer

o File Explorer

o The Windows user folder

o Windows libraries

o Apple OS X Finder and folders

o Mobile devices and file storage

· Creating and Using Folders

· How To Organize Your Files

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Objective 2. Explain the Importance of File Extensions

· File Names and Extensions

· File Properties

BACK IT UP

Objective 3. Explain the Importance of Backing Up Files

· Windows Backup

· OS X Time Machine

· Other Backup Software

· Backup to the Cloud

· Cloud Storage

SHRINK IT

Objective 4. Demonstrate How To Compress Files

· Types of File Compression

· Working with File Compression

· How To Create a Compressed (Zipped) Folder


IT’S ALWAYS IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK

Objective 5. Use Advanced Search Options to Locate Files

· Using Windows to Search For Files

· Searching In OS X

· 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

GREEN COMPUTING: The Paperless Office

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Certification of Federal Records Management

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 4 Hardware

THE CPU: THE BRAINS OF THE OPERATION

· Instruction Cycle

· CPU Performance

o Parallel processing

o Pipelining

· Cooling System: Air Conditioning for the Processor

Objective 1. Explain the Function of a CPU

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR SYSTEM UNIT AND MOTHERBOARD

Objective 2. Identify the Parts of a System Unit and Motherboard

· The Motherboard

o Expansion cards

o Data buses

o Ports and connectors

o BIOS

· Memory

o Random access memory

o Cache memory

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

Objective 3. Compare Storage Devices

· Optical Discs

o CDs

o DVDs


o Blu-ray

· Solid-State Storage

o Flash drives, SSDs

o Memory cards

· Hard Drives

· How To Assess Your Computer Hardware

WHAT GOES IN…

Objective 4. List and Describe Common Input Devices

· Keyboards

· The Mouse and Other Pointing Devices

o Mouse

o Touchpad

o Touch input

· Digital Cameras and Webcams

· Scanners

o Optical scanners

o RFID scanners, magnetic strip readers, and near field communication

o Biometric scanners

· Microphones and Game Controllers

…MUST COME OUT

Objective 5. List and Describe Essential Video and Audio Output Devices

· Video Output Devices

o Monitors

o Projectors

o Video cards

· Audio Output Devices

o Speakers

o Headphones

o Sound cards

PICK A PRINTER

Objective 6. Compare Various Types of Printers

· Inkjet Printers

· Photo Printers

· Dye-Sublimation Printers

· Thermal Printers

· Laser Printers

· Multifunction Devices

· Plotters and 3d Printers

· How To Manage Printing on Your Computer


ADAPTATION: MAKING TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU

Objective 7. Explain and Provide Examples of Adaptive Technology

· Adaptive Input Devices

· Adaptive Output Devices

COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE

Objective 8. Discuss Important Communication Devices

· Network Adapters

· Modems

· Fax Devices

GREEN COMPUTING: Shop Smart

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Computer Sales

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 5 System Software

Objective

WHO’S THE BOSS?

Objective 1. Explain What an Operating System Does

· Provides User Interface

· Manages Resources

· Manages and Controls Hardware

· Interacts With Software

· How To Examine and Update Your Printer Driver

RUNNING THE SHOW ON PERSONAL COMPUTERS

Objective 2. Compare Desktop Operating Systems

· Windows

· Mac

· Linux

MAKE YOUR OS WORK FOR YOU

Objective 3. Configure a Desktop Operating System

· Configuring Your OS

· How To Keep Your Desktop OS Up To Date

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU

Objective 4. Compare Specialized Operating Systems

· Embedded Operating Systems


THE NOS KNOWS

Objective 5. Compare the Most Common Network Operating Systems

· Comparing Modern Network Operating Systems

UTILITIES YOU SHOULD USE

Objective 6. List and Explain Important Disk Utility Software

· Why Use Utilities?

· Utilities for Disk Health

o Disk Checking

o Optimize Drives

o Disk Cleanup

GREEN COMPUTING: Power Management

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Help Desk

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 6 Digital Devices and Multimedia

DIGITAL CAMERA BASICS

Objective 1. Explain the Features of Digital Cameras

· Key Features

o Resolution

o Storage

o Lenses

· Types of Digital Cameras

o Point-and-shoot

o Compact system cameras

o Digital single lens reflex (DSLR)

BRIDGING THE GAP: TRANSFERRING PHOTOS

Objective 2. Compare Methods for Transferring Images from a Digital Camera

· Memory Cards

· USB or FireWire Cable

· Wireless Transfer

· Transferring To the Cloud

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: EDITING, PRINTING, AND SHARING PHOTOS

Objective 3. Identify Several Ways to Edit and Print Photos

· Editing Photos

o Editing software

o Online editing


· Printing and Sharing Photos

o Image file formats

o Pictbridge

o Kiosks

o Online printing and sharing

· How To Edit a Photo

MAKING SENSE OF SOUND

Objective 4. Recognize Important Audio File Types

· Audio File Types

· Media Software

· Speech Recognition

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

Objective 5. Describe Several Ways to Create Videos

· Screen Capture

· Webcams and Video Conferencing

· Webcasting and Streaming Video

· Video Cameras

· Sharing Video

o Video editing

o YouTube

· How To Edit Videos Using the YouTube Video Editor

ON THE MOVE WITH TECHNOLOGY

Objective 6. Compare Portable Media Players, Tablets, and Smartphones

· Portable Media Players

· Smartphones

· Tablets

o E-readers GREEN COMPUTING: E-Waste CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Health Care

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Chapter 7 The Internet

INTERNET TIMELINE

Objective 1. Recognize the Importance of the Internet

· How It All Got Started

· World Wide Web


· Internet2

GET CONNECTED

Objective 2. Compare Types of Internet Connections

· How Do You Get Connected?

o Dial-up

o Broadband

o Wireless

· Connecting Without a Computer?

SURF’S UP

Objective 3. Compare Popular Web Browsers

· Browsers

o Internet Explorer

o Firefox

o Chrome

o Safari

o Mobile browsers

· Configuring Your Web Browser

o Setting the home page

o Setting the search providers

· Add-Ons, Plug-Ins, and Toolbars

· How To Manage Browser Home page, Favorites, and Search

NAVIGATING THE NET

Objective 4. Demonstrate How to Navigate the Web

o Web Addresses

o Smart Searching

o How To Use Google Drive

WOULD I LIE TO YOU?

Objective 5. Discuss How to Evaluate the Credibility of Information Found On the Web

o Who Wrote It?

o What About the Design?

GREEN COMPUTING: Telecommuting To Save

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Web Designer

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects


Chapter 8 Communicating and Sharing: The Social Web

TALK TO ME

Objectives 1. Compare Different Forms of Synchronous Online Communication

· Chat and IM

· VoIP

LEAVE A MESSAGE

Objectives 2. Compare Different Forms of Asynchronous Online Communication

· How Do You Read and Send Email?

· Text and Multimedia Messaging

· Forums and Discussion Boards

THERE’S A PLACE FOR EVERYONE . . .

Objectives 3. Discuss the Impact of Social Media in Society

· Social Network Sites

o Facebook

o Business social networks

o Virtual worlds

· Social Video, Image, and Music Sites

· How To Create a LinkedIn Profile

GET YOUR WORD OUT

· Objectives 4. Locate User-Generated Content in the Form of a Blog or Podcast

· Blogs

· Podcasts

· RSS

· How To Create a Blog with Blogger

THE WISDOM OF THE CROWD

Objectives 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

Objectives 6. Explain the Influence of Social Media on E-Commerce

· Types of E-Commerce

· How Safe Is My Credit Card?

GREEN COMPUTING: Raising Social Awareness

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Blogger

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects


Chapter 9 Networks and Communication

FROM SNEAKERNET TO HOTSPOTS

Objective 1. Discuss the Importance of Computer Networks

· Peer-To-Peer Networks

· Client-Server Networks

· How To Share Files and Printers Using a Windows Homegroup

LANS AND WANS

Objective 2. Compare Different Types of LANS and WANS

· Small Networks

· LAN topologies

· Large Networks

HARDWARE

Objective 3. List and Describe the Hardware Used In both Wired and Wireless Networks

· Network Adapters

· Network Hardware

SOFTWARE AND PROTOCOLS

Objective 4. List and Describe Network Software and Protocols

· Peer-To-Peer Network Software

· Client-Server Network Software

· Network Protocols

· How To Examine Network and Sharing Settings

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

GREEN COMPUTING: Server Virtualization

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Network Administrator

MindMap, Summary, EOC Exercises and Application Projects

Personalize Learning with MyITLab

MyITLab for Visualizing Technology creates learning experiences that are truly personalized and continuously adaptive. MyITLab reacts to how students are actually performing, offering data-driven guidance that helps them better absorb course material and understand difficult concepts–resulting in better performance in the course. A dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class progress means educators can spend less time grading and more time teaching. Specific features include:

  • Adaptive Learning: A way to enable personalized learning at scale.Not every student learns the same way and at the same rate. MyITLab with Adaptive Learning continuously assesses student performance and activity in real time, and, using data and analytics, personalizes content to reinforce concepts that target each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
    • NEW! Adaptive Dynamic Study Modules, created specifically for Visualizing Technology, 3rd Edition, provide students with personalized review based on their strengths and weaknesses.
  • A powerful homework and test manager: MyITLablets you create, import, and manage online homework assignments, quizzes, and tests that are automatically graded. You can choose from a wide range of assignment options, including time limits, proctoring, and maximum number of attempts allowed. The bottom line: MyITLab means less time grading and more time teaching.
  • Comprehensive online course content: Filled with a wealth of content that is tightly integrated with your textbook, MyITLab lets you easily add, remove, or modify existing instructional material. You can also add your own course materials to suit the needs of your students or department. In short, MyITLab lets you teach exactly as you'd like.
  • Robust Gradebook tracking: The online Gradebook automatically tracks your students' results on tests, homework, and practice exercises and gives you control over managing results and calculating grades. The Gradebook provides a number of flexible grading options, including exporting grades to a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. And, it lets you measure and document your students' learning outcomes.
  • Easily scalable and shareable content: MyITLab enables you to manage multiple class sections, and lets other instructors copy your settings so a standardized syllabus can be maintained across your department. Should you want to use the same MyITLab course next semester, with the same customized settings, you can copy your existing course exactly–and even share it with other faculty members.

Note: You are purchasing the standalone text. MyITLab does not come automatically packaged with the text. To purchase MyITLab with this title, please contact your Pearson representative. MyITLab is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.


Appeal to Visual and Kinesthetic Learners

Visualizing Technology covers all of the traditional topics taught in a Computer Concepts course but in a non-traditional way that is more appealing to visual and kinesthetic learners. This book is unlike any textbook you've seen before in terms of organization, layout, and design.

  • A highly visual layout with bite-sized chunks of text, and no long paragraphs, appeals to the learning styles of most students today - visual and kinesthetic.
  • Chapters are organized as articles with catchy headlines to draw students into the material.
    • Each Chapter Objective is covered on a two- or four-page spread to provide a concise
    • A Running Project is included in each chapter, providing students with a hands-on activity for each Objective.
  • Images are included to represent concepts so the concepts are easy for students to remember.

Keep Students Motivated with Hands-on Activities

  • A Running Project continues throughout each chapter to guide students through concepts as they learn the material by doing, not just by reading.
  • NEW! TechTown, a fully interactive scenario-based, simulation game, lets students create their own avatar and interact in a series of knowledge and puzzle-based scenarios. As they work and play, they will explore the core topics of computer concepts–from what a computer is to software, hardware, networking, the Internet, social media, and more!
  • NEW! Jeopardy! Game and Crossword Puzzles assets give students a fun way to challenge their knowledge.
  • NEW and UPDATED How To projects allow students more opportunities to practice what they are learning.

Keep Your Course Current with In-Chapter Elements that Cover Hot Topics

  • NEW and UPDATED! Throughout the text, new and updated content and end-of-chapter material is supplied.
  • NEW and UPDATED Viz Clips videos demonstrate important topics from the chapter in an interesting presentation by the author. There are now 2 Viz Clips per chapter.
  • QR codes encourage students to learn on the go. Students just scan the QR code with a reader on a smartphone or tablet, and they are taken directly to the relevant website.
  • Things You Need To Know boxes at the end of each Objective provide a brief summary of key topics.
  • Find Out More boxes direct readers to the web where they can learn more, along with questions they can answer.
  • The Green Computing element discusses the efficient and eco-friendly use of computers and other technology.
  • Ethics boxes pose an ethical dilemma and ask students to ponder the legality or ethics of the situation.
  • The How To feature provides step-by-step instructions for completing two hands-on activities for each chapter.
  • Tech Bytes Weekly provides a timesaving news feed that allows instructors to add interesting, timely, and relevant news items to their weekly lectures without having to search themselves. TIA Weekly also features valuable links and other resources, including discussion questions and course activities. Sign up at http://tianewsletter.pearsonhighered.com/public/ or link to it via MyITLAB.

Provide Support for Your Course

Companion Website: www.pearsonhighered.com/geoghan

A wealth and variety of end-of-chapter exercises provide instructors with lots of assessment options:

  • Two Microsoft Office application projects are included at the end of each chapter for classes that also cover apps. These projects use topics from the chapter making the apps projects relevant to the concepts part of your course. One of these exercises is also available in MyITLab as a Grader project.
  • NEW! Interactive, clicker PowerPoints allow faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas require further explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving.
  • NEW! Viz Checks are mid-point quizzes covering a few objectives that can be taken from the Companion website or in MyITLab.
  • Objective recap
  • Key Terms
  • Mind Map review of chapter
  • Review Exercises
  • True or False
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Running Project
  • File Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Do It Yourself
  • Ethical Dilemma
  • On The Web
  • Collaboration

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