Teaching And Learning About Computers

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Technology provides ample opportunities for teachers to be learners, as well as for the learners to become the teachers. Sometimes, the most effective technology enabled classrooms are those where the instructor is the expert in the content area, and the students are the technology experts. Oftentimes it is with a great sense of pride that a student will show a teacher how to adroitly move about in an application. Designed for both instructors and students, this book teaches an array of computer applications while simultaneously allowing the user to become proficient in technological standards. Based on Joanne Barrett's notes and shortcuts from her years as a computer specialist and computer teacher, this all-inclusive hands-on guide will assist teachers and students in grades 5 through 12 who are using computers in the classroom. Explaining concepts and complicated processes in an understandable language, this complete instructional tool covers in one volume all of the computer topics that the teacher will encounter. Topics include: · Word processing · Spreadsheets · Creating charts and graphs · Databases · Multimedia presentations · The Internet · Web page design · Programming · Viruses and copyright issues

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Editorial Reviews

Students studying the history of computers and the Internet at high school or university level may find this book useful for the purposes of writing assignments. As a classroom tool for teachers and librarians, this would be helpful for those with little to no knowledge of computers, but wishing to understand the basics when first using the computer. One of the most useful sections for librarians and teachers would have to be the final chapter, Copyright in the Classroom.
Despite its drab title, this handbook serves quite well for teaching computers to a wide range of age groups and computer literacy levels. This reviewer considers herself fairly computer savvy yet was drawn in by the writing and such factual tidbits as the linguistic origins of "modem" (modulate/demodulate) and "killer app." Each chapter covers a different area of computers, all sections in the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers: history, various program genres, the Internet, html, programming, and intellectual property. Activity pages at the end of each chapter provide projects to which to apply those standards. The author tries to avoid focusing on the products of a particular vendor, so that projects can be used in any school. Although specific directions are given for some programs—for example, creating a chart in Excel—alternative programs for the task are mentioned, and the projects for each chapter are not vendor-specific. This handy reference comes with enough basics not to outdate itself before long, enough variety to provide background for teaching at all levels, and unique projects to aid lesson planning in a variety of environments. Although a bit costly, it is a valuable aid for anyone seeking to integrate computers and learning, from elementary classrooms to continuing education for senior citizens. It is also surprisingly handy as a general computer reference. One quibble is that the peculiar font used for the entire text is highly distracting to the reader. One hopes that it will be changed in future editions. 2002, Scarecrow Press, 264p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Charts. Appendix., PLB. Ages adult professional.
—Beth Karpas
School Library Journal
A reader-friendly, well-organized text that can be used effectively to teach computer history and skills. The 14 chapters in increasing complexity include information about word processing, spreadsheets, charts and graphics, databases, multimedia presentations, the Internet, the World Wide Web, creating Web pages, learning programming, and viruses and copyright law. While an attempt is made to remain relatively generic in describing applications, focus is given to such common systems as Word, Claris, Inspiration, HyperStudio, and PowerPoint. Each chapter concludes with activity sheets, providing practice for students and assessment for instructors. Graphics throughout the book make use of actual screen images, charts and graphs, insets, and flowcharts; interesting additions include a table of "emoticons" and advice on Web etiquette. An excellent glossary rounds out the presentation. Every computer teacher should be in possession of this book, and it would make a terrific textbook for those who are teaching teachers.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810844506
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne R. Barrett is middle school computer coordinator and teacher at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 The History of Technology Chapter 3 2 All about Computer Graphics Chapter 4 3 Word Processing Chapter 5 4 Spreadsheets Chapter 6 5 Creating Charts and Graphics Chapter 7 6 Databases Chapter 8 7 Multimedia Presentations Chapter 9 8 The Internet Chapter 10 9 The World Wide Web Chapter 11 10 Creating Web Pages Using HTML Chapter 12 11 Developing Web Pages Chapter 13 12 Introduction to Programming Chapter 14 13 Viruses Chapter 15 14 Copyright and the Classroom Chapter 16 Appendix 1 — File Formats Chapter 17 Appendix 2 — Some Great Sites for Historical Information by Decades and Centuries Chapter 18 Glossary Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 About the Author

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