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Discovering Computers 2014 [Paperback]

Misty E. Vermaat

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July 8 2013 1285161769 978-1285161761 1
Based on extensive customer feedback, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ©2014 has been completely reexamined and revised to reflect the evolving needs of the concepts portion of the Introductory Computing course. This exciting new edition maintains many longstanding hallmarks, but is now highly focused on relevancy to provide students only with what they really need to know to be successful digital citizens in college and beyond. To better reflect the importance of certain topics in today's digital world, coverage of enterprise computing, ethics, Internet research skills, mobile computing, operating systems (other than Windows), browsers, security, and Web 2.0 has been expanded and integrated. New critical thinking and problem solving exercises are included in every feature throughout the text, engaging students in regular practice of higher-order thinking skills. In addition, students have more opportunity for hands-on practice with the completely revised end-of-chapter activities. With these enhancements and more, the new DISCOVERING COMPUTERS is an even more engaging teaching and learning tool for your classroom.

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1. Digital Literacy: Introducing a World of Technology. 2. The Internet: Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating. 3. Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating the Possibilities. 4. Programs and Apps: Using Software at Work, School, and Home. 5. Digital Safety and Security: Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses. 6. Inside Computers and Mobile Devices: Exploring the Components. 7. Input and Output: Examining Popular Devices. 8. Digital Storage: Preserving on Media and on the Cloud. 9. Operating Systems: Managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources. 10. Communications and Networks: Sending and Receiving Digital Content. 11. Information and Data Management: Organizing, Verifying, Maintaining, and Accessing. 12. Information Systems and Program Development: Designing and Building Solutions. Appendix - Acronym Reference. Index.

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Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. Along with consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Misty has led the development of, written, and co-authored numerous textbooks for the Shelly Cashman Series, including many editions of Discovering Computers, Discovering Computers Fundamentals, and Microsoft Word books.

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1.0 out of 5 stars What a joke Oct. 2 2013
By L. Rader - Published on Amazon.com
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DO NOT BUY THE BOOK!!! Just buy the coursemate/cengage study guide. It's much cheaper than the book and it's all you need. The fact they don't include that stuff in the price of a $150-$180 book is insane. What a money grab.

Buy what you need to get an A for less than 10% of this book and don't get robbed like I did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Garbage Jan. 12 2014
By Piper - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never read a textbook worse than this one. I am currently enrolled in a basic computing course titled "Intro to Business Computing". Its a pre-req for many other courses, and granted its a "basic" course the text book they picked (above) is the worst I have even had to force myself to sit through. It is basic but it goes beyond basic, Its insulting to anyone, that is even if you aren't computer literate...

I don't EVER write reviews, this book is so bad in my opinion, I will go out of my way to 1-star this and hope the editor/publisher goes out of business. misty e. vermaat should be ashamed of putting such nonsense out into the mainstream. I don't know how on earth this book was ever selected to be my courses textbook....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointment Sept. 19 2013
By joy paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed, particularly with "Beyond the Book". I expected much more than I received for the price of the book!
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad excuse March 14 2014
By LTdammit - Published on Amazon.com
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The most unorganized textbook I've ever had to read in my life. Each chapter covers too many random topics and the following chapters repeat the SAME topics over again. Its not even a brief review; they are introducing the same topics as if it was new and fascinating information. And like Piper said, its insulting to anyone, even if you're computer illiterate.

Unfortunately, this was a required text for class so for everyone else who has to use this, good luck..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 9 2013
By Thomas Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is in great condition. The problem is that it came WAY too late and I am now failing the course because of it. You guys need to deliver it a lot faster. It shouldn't take 3 weeks to deliver a book.
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