Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities (3rd Edition)

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Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities, Third Edition, equips readers who are already familiar with computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web with a deeper understanding of the broad capabilities of technology.

Becoming Skilled at Information Technology: Terms of Endearment: Defining Information Technology; What the Digerati Know: Exploring the Human–Computer Interface; Making the Connection: The Basics of Networking; Marking Up with HTML: A Hypertext Markup Language Primer; Searching for Truth: Locating Information on the WWW; Searching for Guinea Pig B: Case Study in Online Research. Algorithms and Digitizing Information: To Err Is Human: An Introduction to Debugging; Bits and the "Why" of Bytes: Representing Information Digitally; Following Instructions: Principles of Computer Operation; What's the Plan? Algorithmic Thinking; Light, Sound, Magic: Representing Multimedia Digitally. Data and Information: Computers in Polite Society: Social Implications of IT; Shhh, It's a Secret: Privacy and Digital Security; Fill-in-the-Blank Computing: Basics of Spreadsheets; ‘What If’ Thinking Helps: Advanced Spreadsheets for Planning; A Table with a View: Database Queries; iDiary: A Case Study in Database Design. Problem Solving: Get with the Program: Fundamental Concepts Expressed in JavaScript; The Bean Counter: A JavaScript Program; Thinking Big: Programming Functions; Once Is Not Enough: Iteration Principles; The Smooth Motion: Case Study in Algorithmic Problem Solving; Computers Can Do Almost {Everything, Nothing}: Limits to Computation; A Fluency Summary: Click to Close.

For all readers interested in computers, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and a deeper understanding of the broad capabilities of technology.

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Technology continues to evolve as our primary tool for communication, organization, research, and problem solving. Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities, Third Edition equips readers who are already familiar with computers, applications, and the Internet with a deeper understanding of the broad capabilities of technology. This text helps readers form a foundation of knowledge they can adapt to their personal and career goals as future technologies emerge.

 

Professor Lawrence Snyder served as chairman of the National Research Council's report Being Fluent with Information Technology. His book implements the vision of that report, helping individuals become fluent with technology by covering three knowledge areas: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities.

  • Skills: Technology immediately useful such as email, navigating the World Wide Web, spreadsheets, and word processing
  • Concepts: Fundamentals of netowrks, how computers work, assessing the authenticity of information, digital representations, and information structuring
  • Capabilities: Reasoning, problem solving, and trouble shooting

Highlights of the Third Edition:

  • Updated coverage of the latest operating systems and their respective features including Windows Vista™, Ribbon, and Mac OS®X
  • Revised database material including XML database representation and processing, revised national database coverage emphasizing query by example, and a new case study
  • Increased coverage of Web navigation and searching
  • Expanded coverage of online security, phishing (fraud), identity theft, and wireless security

It is easy to teach Fluency!

A complete supplements package is available with this book. Visit www.aw.com/snyder for more information

Computer Skills Workbook ISBN-13: 978-0-321-52255-9 ISBN-10:0-321-52255-9

 

For more information on the National Research Council report please visit www.nationalacademies.org/nrc

 

About the Author:

Larry Snyder was the chairman of the National Research Council's (NRC) committee that issued the report, "Being Fluent with Information Technology." It is this NRC committee funded by the National Science Foundation that identified the three types of knowledge needed in Fluency. Larry received his BA in 1968 from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in 1973 at Carnegie Mellon. He taught at schools such as Yale, MIT, Harvard, and Syndey University before settling down at the University of Washington in 1983, where he is currently a professor of computer science and engineering.

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