Practical Computing (3rd Revised edition)

Practical Computing (3rd Revised edition)

By: Lynn Hogan (author), Amy M. Rutledge (author)Paperback

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Practical Computing has been crafted to address the unique challenges novices face in mastering PCs. It combines user-friendly design, creative multimedia tools, and a focus on useful skills that readers can apply immediately, either at home or in the workplace.

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Lynn Hogan has taught computer literacy and microcomputer applications classes at Calhoun Community College for 25 years. For the past 18 years, she has served as chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems. She received Calhoun's outstanding instructor award in 2006, and currently teaches computer literacy for senior adults and web design courses. Having developed the first online computer course at Calhoun, she continues to work with the distance education program. She received an M.B.A. from the University of North Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. She resides in Alabama with her husband and two daughters. Much of her free time is spent traveling to cutting horse shows and dressage shows, watching her daughters compete. In addition to working with horses, she enjoys cooking, reading, and family travel. Amy Rutledge is a Special Instructor of Management Information Systems at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She coordinates academic programs in Microsoft Office applications and introductory Management Information Systems courses for the School of Business Administration. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Student Chapter at Oakland University. Before joining Oakland University as an Instructor, Amy spent several years working for a music distribution company and automotive manufacturer in various corporate roles including IT Project Management. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration specializing in Management Information Systems, and a B.A. in French Modern Language and Literature. She holds an M.B.A from Oakland University. She resides in Michigan with her husband, Dan.


Practical Computing 3rd Edition Chapter 1 Understanding Computer Applications Computer Fundamentals Computer Applications IN-DEPTH - Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics Computer Careers A LOOK BACK - General History of the Digital Computer Computer Types TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Supercomputer Applications Software (general terminology and discussion of basics) Application Software Productivity Software Word Processing Presentation Spreadsheet Database IN-DEPTH - Microsoft Office 2010 (Computing on the Go) Entertainment and Multimedia Software Image Editing Software Educational and Reference Software Gaming Software TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Input, Processing, Output, and Storage (a computer system defined) Using and Acquiring Software Web-based Software Shareware and Freeware IN-DEPTH - Download Software or Purchase CD? TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Computer Memory (RAM) and Computer Storage (CD, Hard disk, Flash memory) Installing and Uninstalling Software HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Identifying Available Memory and Storage Space IN-DEPTH - Uninstalling vs. Deleting System Software Operating System Microsoft Windows Linux Mac OS A LOOK BACK - The Evolution of Microsoft Windows Utility Software File Compression Utiliites System Maintenance Utilities HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Performing and Scheduling System Maintenance (Defragmenting, Error Checking, Task Scheduler) System Diagnostics System Backup HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Using the Windows Action Center Chapter 2 Understanding the Operating System and File Management Operating System Basics GUI Hardware Management Software Coordination Memory Management TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - The Boot Process and ROM Windows 7 Desktop Icons and Gadgets A LOOK BACK - The Development of MS-DOS and the First Microcomputers Taskbar Start Menu Customizing the Taskbar Notification Area HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Working with the Desktop and Taskbar Windows Management Opening, Closing, Maximizing, and Restoring Windows Resizing and Moving Windows Working with Multiple Windows Aero Peek Windows Snap Arranging Windows IN-DEPTH - Windows Upgrade and Windows Update HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Managing Windows Customizing a Computer System Changing the Background and Screen Saver Understanding Screen Resolution TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Selecting a Microcomputer Managing Peripherals Working with User Accounts IN-DEPTH - The Contributions of Apple, Inc. HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Customizing the Desktop Managing Files and Folders System Folders and Windows Explorer Creating Folders TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Flash Memory IN-DEPTH - Tips for Creating a Workable Folder Structure Saving Files to Folders Selecting Multiple Files and Folders IN-DEPTH - Moving Folders From One Location to Another HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Creating Folders and Files Windows Search Search From the Start Menu Search From Windows Explorer IN-DEPTH - Using Wildcards When Searching Windows Help HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Searching and Using Windows Help A LOOK BACK - The History of Digital Computers Chapter 3 Navigating the Internet Understanding the Internet Internet Applications URLs TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Chrome Hyperlinks Favorites History Browser Security A LOOK BACK - The Evolution of the World Wide Web Connecting to the Internet Broadband IN-DEPTH - Free Internet Connection Home Computer Wireless Connection Connecting with a SmartPhone IN-DEPTH - Tips for Using Public WIFI HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Surfing the Web Searching the Internet Search Engines IN-DEPTH - BING and Google Search Techniques TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Creating a Web Page HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Searching the Web Downloading From the Internet Why and How to Download Safeguards When Downloading IN-DEPTH - Downloading vs. Uploading Societal Issues of the Internet Consumer Security Inappropriate Web Sites HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Exploring Sites Promoting Internet Security and Appropriate Web Protocol Chapter 4 Working with PowerPoint Understanding PowerPoint Identifying an Audience Beginning and Opening a PowerPoint Presentation PowerPoint Views Navigating a Presentation in Slide Show Saving a Presentation Modifying a Presentation Editing Slides Managing Slides Working with Themes Changing Slide Layout Previewing and Printing a Presentation Including Headers and Footers Modifying Print Properties Inserting Objects Adding ClipArt and Pictures Creating Charts Working with Tables Exploring SmartArt Including Shapes and Text Boxes HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Creating a PowerPoint Presentation and Adding Objects Adding Multimedia Working with Music Including Videos Editing Multimedia Broadcasting a Slide Show Adding Transitions and Animation Creating a Photo Album HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Including Multimedia in a PowerPoint Presentation Chapter 5 Working with Word Understanding Word Beginning and Opening a Word Document Word Views Navigating a Document Saving a Document Modifying a Document Selecting Text Character Formatting Paragraph Formatting Document Formatting Setting Tabs Checking Spelling and Grammar Finding and Replacing Text Cutting, Copying and Pasting HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Creating and Editing a Word Document Working with Word Options Previewing and Printing a Document Including Headers and Footers Modifying Print Properties Inserting Objects Adding ClipArt and Pictures Including WordArt Adding Tables HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Working with Word Objects Chapter 6 Working with Excel Understanding Excel Beginning and Opening an Excel Workbook Excel Views Navigating a Worksheet Saving a Workbook Modifying a Worksheet Editing Cell Contents Including Formulas Adjusting Alignment Changing Row Height and Column Width Copying and Moving Cell Contents Absolute and Relative Referencing HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Creating and Editing a Workbook Working with Multiple Worksheets Renaming, Moving, and Delete Worksheets Creating Linking Formulas Working with Functions HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Working with Functions and Multiple Worksheets Chapter 7 Understanding Networking and Computer Security Networking Basics Peer-to-Peer Networks Client/server Networks Creating a Home Computer Network Wired and Wireless Networks Home Networking Equipment Securing a Home Computer Network TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - War Driving Home Computer Security Viruses IN-DEPTH - Virus symptoms Hackers Spyware and Malware IN-DEPTH - Cookies Phishing IN-DEPTH - Prevention of Identity Theft HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Testing a Computer's Vulnerability TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Denial of Service (DoS) Attack Windows 7 and Internet Explorer Security Features Windows Firewall Windows Defender User Account Control Action Center HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Exploring Windows 7 Security Windows Update IE Security and Privacy Settings TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Backing up Computer Data HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Adjusting Internet Explorer Security Settings Chapter 8 Exploring Online Communication and Cloud Computing Online Communication E-Mail IN-DEPTH - Online Etiquette Blog Social Networking IN-DEPTH - Staying Safe Online Twitter IN-DEPTH - Using Twitter to Market a Business Text Message Instant Message IN-DEPTH - Wikipedia Wiki RSS Feed TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - XML and HTML A LOOK BACK - The History of E-Mail Podcast IN-DEPTH - News Feeds HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Communicating Online Cloud Computing IN-DEPTH - Companies Involved in Cloud Computing Document Sharing and Online Productivity Software Web Apps and Skydrive TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Windows Live Google Apps Zoho Social Bookmarking Photo Sharing IN-DEPTH - Photo Sites HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Sharing Files, Documents, and Photos Chapter 9 Exploring Digital Entertainment and Multimedia Applications A Definition of Digital Digital Photography Digital Camera Specifications IN-DEPTH - Photo Sharing Sites Transferring Pictures to a Computer Sharing Digital Pictures A LOOK BACK - Kodak Editing Digital Pictures IN-DEPTH - Image Editing Software HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Using Windows Photo Gallery Digital Video Recording Video IN-DEPTH - Video Editing in Microsoft Office 2010 Transferring Video to a Computer Uploading Video to YouTube Editing Video TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT - Capturing YouTube Video HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Using Windows MovieMaker Music Downloading Music IN-DEPTH - Legal Considerations When Downloading Multimedia Using Portable Music Players HANDS-ON ACTIVITY - Including Music and Video in PowerPoint Business Applications Video Conferencing Broadcasting PowerPoint Appendix Learning Platforms Blackboard Angel Moodle Myitlab

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/01/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780132839969
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780132839969
  • weight: 739
  • ISBN10: 0132839962
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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