Technology In Action Introductory / Edition 9

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Overview

For introductory courses in computer concepts or computer literacy, often including instruction in Microsoft Office.

A Computer Concepts Text Focused on Today’s Student!

Technology in Action engages students by covering topics in a progressive approach and providing rich companion media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132838634
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 550
  • Sales rank: 573,195
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Three professors from Montgomery County Community College traveled with the Prentice Hall Information Technology team for over two years to uncover what students and professors today wanted and needed in an Intro to Computer Concepts text. After meeting with more than 1,000 students and instructors they developed Technology in Action. Due to overwhelming success, they recently published Technology in Action 9/e!

Alan D. Evans, M.S., CPA

Alan Evans 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 B.S. in Accounting from Rider University and an M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University, and he is a certified public accountant. After a successful career in business, Alan finally realized his true calling was education. He has been teaching at the college level since 2000. Alan enjoys giving presentations at technical conferences and meets regularly with computer science faculty and administrators from other colleges to discuss curriculum development and new methods of engaging students.

Kendall E. Martin, Ph.D.
Kendall has been teaching since 1988 at a number of institutions, including Villanova University, DeSales University, Arcadia University, Ursinus College, County College of Morris, and Montgomery County Community College, at both the undergraduate and master’s degree level. Kendall’s education includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has industrial experience in research and development environments (AT&T Bell Laboratories) as well as experience from several start-up technology firms. At Ursinus College, Kendall developed a successful faculty training program for distance education instructors, and she makes conference presentations during the year.

Mary Anne Poatsy, MBA, CFP
Mary Anne is an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, teaching various computer application and concepts courses in face-to-face and online environments. Mary Anne holds a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mary Anne has more than nine years of educational experience, ranging from elementary and secondary education to Montgomery County Community College, Muhlenberg College, and Bucks County Community College, as well as training in the professional environment. Prior to teaching, Mary Anne was a vice president at Shearson Lehman Hutton in the Municipal Bond Investment Banking department.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Using Technology to Change the World

More Than Just a Job

Technology on the World Stage

Political Issues

Human Rights

The Environment

The Digital Divide

ETHICS IN IT: The Digital Divide and the Mobile Bridge

Technology and Our Society

Technology Impacts How We Think

How We Connect

How We Consume

Technology and Your Life

Boost Your Productivity

Be a Savvy Computer User

Prepare for Your Career

Dig Deeper: Making Reality Even More Real

Technology In focus: The History of the PC

Chapter 2: Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts

Understanding Your Computer

Computers Are Data Processing Devices

Bits and Bytes: The Language of Computers

Types of Computers

Input Devices

Keyboards

Mice and Other Pointing Devices

Touch Screens

Image Input

Sound Input

ETHICS IN IT: What Is Ethical Computing?

Output Devices

Monitors

Printers

Dig Deeper: How Touch Screens Work

Sound Output

Processing and Memory on the Motherboard

Memory

Processing

Storing Data and Information

Hard Drives

Flash Storage

Optical Storage

Connecting Peripherals to the Computer

High-Speed and Data Transfer Ports

Connectivity and Multimedia Ports

Adding Ports: Expansion Cards and Hubs

Power Controls

Setting It All Up

TRENDS IN IT: Innovations in Printing

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

The Origin of the Internet

The Internet and How It Works

Communicating and Collaborating Through the Internet

Social Networking

E-Mail

Instant Messaging

Weblogs (Blogs) and Video Logs (Vlogs)

Wikis

Podcasts and Webcasts

Web Entertainment

TRENDS IN IT: The Internet Makes Business Startups Affordable

Conducting Business over the Internet: E-Commerce

E-Commerce Safeguards

Accessing the Web: Web Browsers

Getting Around the Web: URLs, Hyperlinks, and Other Tools

URLs

Hyperlinks and Beyond

Favorites, Live Bookmarks, and Tagging

Searching the Web Effectively

Search Engines

Evaluating Web Sites

ETHICS IN IT: Plagiarism and Copyright Violation: What Can You Borrow from the Internet?

Dig Deeper: Discovering the Semantic Web

Technology In focus: Information Technology Ethics

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

The Nuts and Bolts of Software

Web-Based Applications

Productivity Software for Home and Office

Word Processing Software

Spreadsheet Software

Presentation Software

Database Software

Note Taking Software

Personal Information Manager (PIM) Software

Productivity Software Features

Software Suites

Personal Financial Software

Business Software for Home and Office

Home Business Software

Large Business Software

Specialized Business Software

Media Software for Home

Digital Image Editing Software

Digital Audio Software

Dig Deeper: How Cloud Computing Works

Digital Video Editing Software

Media Management Software

Software for Home

Gaming Software

Educational Software

Drawing Software

TRENDS IN IT: “There’s an App for That!”

Buying Software

Software Licenses

ETHICS IN IT: Can I Borrow Software That I Don’t Own?

Pre-Installed Software

Discounted Software

Freeware and Shareware

Software Versions and System Requirements

Installing, Uninstalling, and Starting Software

Getting Help with Software

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

System Software Basics

Types of Operating Systems

Real-Time Operating Systems

Operating Systems for Networks, Servers, and Mainframes

Operating Systems for Mobile Devices

Operating Systems for Personal Computers

What the Operating System Does

The User Interface

TRENDS IN IT: Open Source Software: Why Isn’t Everyone Using Linux?

Processor Management

ETHICS IN IT: Sugar: The Sweet OS for Every Child

Memory and Storage Management

Hardware and Peripheral Device Management

Software Application Coordination

The Boot Process: Starting Your Computer

Step : Activating BIOS

Step : Performing the Power-On Self-Test

Step : Loading the Operating System

Step : Checking Further Configurations and Customizations

Handling Errors in the Boot Process

The Desktop and Window Features

Organizing Your Computer: File Management

Organizing Your Files

Viewing and Sorting Files and Folders

Naming Files

Working with Files

Utility Programs

Display Utilities

The Programs and Features Utility

File Compression Utilities

System Maintenance Utilities

System Restore and Backup Utilities

Dig Deeper: How Disk Defragmenter Utilities Work

The Task Scheduler Utility

Accessibility Utilities

Technology In focus: Computing Alternatives

Chapter 6: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System

Your Ideal Computer

Evaluating the CPU Subsystem

Evaluating the Memory Subsystem: RAM

Adding RAM

Evaluating the Storage Subsystem

Hard Drive

Optical Storage

Dig Deeper: How a Mechanical Hard Drive Works

Evaluating the Video Subsystem

Video Cards

Evaluating the Audio Subsystem

Sound Card

Evaluating System Reliability

ETHICS IN IT: Free (as in Speech, not Beer)

Making the Final Decision

TRENDS IN IT: Thunderbolt

Chapter 7: Networking: Connecting Computing Devices

Networking Fundamentals

Network Architectures

Describing Networks Based on Network Administration

Describing Networks Based on Distance

Network Components

Transmission Media

Network Adapters

ETHICS IN IT: Sharing Your Internet Connection with Your Neighbors: Legal?

Ethical? Safe?

Network Navigation Devices

Networking Software

Connecting to the Internet

Broadband Connections

Dial-Up Connections

Choosing the Right Internet Connection Option

Home Networks

Ethernet Home Networks

Home Network Cabling

Wired and Wireless on One Network

Configuring Home Network Equipment

Routers and Switches: Moving Data Around Your Network

Connecting Devices to Routers

Securing Wireless Networks

Connecting Devices to Networks

Connecting Computers

Network-Ready Devices

Digital Entertainment Devices on a Network

Specialized Home Networking Devices

Configuring Software for Your Home Network

Windows Configuration

TRENDS IN IT: Where Should You Stone Your Files? The Cloud is Calling

Wireless Node Configuration and Testing

Troubleshooting Network Problems

Technology In focus: Under the Hood

Chapter 8: Digital Lifestyle: Managing Digital Data and Devices

A Digital Lifestyle

Digital Telephony

Cell Phones and Smartphones

How Cellular Works

Cell Phone Components

Synchronizing

Text Messaging

Mobile Internet

Cell Phone/Smartphone Security

Voice over Internet Protocol

Digital Media and Information

Digital Publishing

Digital Music

Digital Photography

Digital Video

ETHICS IN IT: Managing Your Copyrights: Copyleft Might Simplify Your Life

Digital Navigation

Digital Convergence

TRENDS IN IT: Near Field Communication

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

Cybercrime

Computer Threats: Computer Viruses

Types of Viruses

Virus Classifications

Computer Safeguard: Antivirus Software and Software Updates

Computer Threats: Hackers

Restricting Access to Your Digital Assets

Dig Deeper: Computer Forensics: How It Works

Managing Online Annoyances

Protecting Yourself from Yourself!

Protecting Your Physical Computing Assets

Technology In focus: Careers in IT

Glossary
Index
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