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Technology In Action Introductory

Technology In Action Introductory

15th Edition

Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, Mary Poatsy

Aug 2018, Paperback, 464 pages
ISBN13: 9780134834740
ISBN10: 0134834747
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For introductory courses in computer concepts, digital literacy, or computer literacy, often including instruction in Microsoft Office.

Using technology to teach technology

Explore, discover, and experience technology with Technology in Action, the best seller that uses technology to teach technology. Authors Evans, Martin, and Poatsy know how readers learn today and help them focus on tasks that they can apply immediately in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. The 15th Edition uses practical content, hands-on projects, and coverage of artificial intelligence to provide an engaging learning experience. This in turn helps learners be more prepared, and provides them with the skills they need to be digitally literate in their everyday lives and in the workplace.

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1. The Impact of Technology in a Changing World

2. Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts

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

4. Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play

5. System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management

6. Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System

7. Networking: Connecting Computing Devices

8. Managing a Digital Lifestyle: Media and Ethics

9. Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices


Appendix A. The History of the Personal Computer

Appendix B. Careers in IT


Focus on emerging technologies

  • New - In-depth coverage of AI, and its impact on how to use technology ethically, can be found in Chapter 1.
  • Updated - Materials that help students develop the skills for web application and mobile programming have been integrated.
  • New - New coverage of state-of-the art technology now includes information on the following:
    • Swift
    • JSON
    • Face recognition
    • 5G capabilities

Provide the most up-to-date coverage in an engaging and progressive manner

  • Updated - TechBytes Weekly augment the text with late-breaking developments and multimedia components that enrich the classroom and student learning experience.
  • Updated - Images and quizzes can be found throughout.
  • Carefully sequenced topics mirror the typical student learning experience, making navigation easy, and reinforcing key concepts.
  • The progressive approach introduces difficult concepts at a basic level early on, and then expands upon these skills as students become more comfortable.


Promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an active learning environment

  • Try This! exercises are hands-on projects that allow students to explore, practice, and demonstrate proficiency with important computing topics in the chapter. How-to videos accompany each project.
  • Make This! exercises are projects that address the hot area of mobile app creation. Students build programs — often using App Inventor — that run on their mobile devices. Each project includes instructions and a how-to video.
  • Solve This! exercises allow students to apply their understanding with real-world problem solving, using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.


Also available packaged with MyLab™ IT or via Revel™.

MyLab is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools and a flexible platform, MyLab personalizes the learning experience and improves results for each student. MyLab IT gives students the resources they need to be successful in their course, while also preparing them for their future careers.

Revel Technology in Action is an interactive digital learning environment that replaces the print textbook and gives students everything they need for the course. Fully digital and highly engaging, Revel enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.



Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.

Alan Evans, MS, CPA

Alan 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 BS in accounting from Rider University and an MS in information systems from Drexel University, and he is a certified public accountant. After a successful career in business, Alan finally realized that his true calling is education. He has been teaching at the college level since 2000, and enjoys attending technical conferences and exploring new methods of engaging students.

Kendall Martin, PhD

Kendall is a professor of Computer Science at Montgomery County Community College with teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at a number of institutions, including Villanova University, DeSales University, Ursinus College, and Arcadia University.

Kendall’s education includes a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS and a PhD in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has industrial experience in research and development environments (AT&T Bell Laboratories), as well as experience with several start-up technology firms.



Mary Anne Poatsy, MBA

Mary Anne is a senior faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, teaching various computer application and concepts courses in face-to-face and online environments. She enjoys speaking at various professional conferences about innovative classroom strategies. She holds a BA in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Mary Anne has been in teaching since 1997. She has taught elementary and secondary education, as well as college at Montgomery County Community College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Muhlenberg College, and Bucks County Community College. She also has experience with teaching and training in the professional environment. Prior to this, she was a vice president at Shearson Lehman Hutton in the Municipal Bond Investment Banking Department.