Technology Now: Your Companion to SAM Computer Concepts

  • AUTHOR: Corinne Hoisington
  • ISBN-13: 9781305110144 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 336 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

TECHNOLOGY NOW: YOUR COMPANION TO SAM COMPUTER CONCEPTS helps students learn computer concepts that are essential for success in the workplace today. Technology Now aligns perfectly with the SAM Computer Concepts tasks; this 1:1 correspondence of book topics to SAM content provides a streamlined learning experience for all students, no matter what their learning style or level of experience. Adapted for print (or digital e-book) by technology expert and author Professor Corinne Hoisington, Technology Now not only compliments and reinforces the online experience, but also provides additional material beyond what is in SAM to help students learn; hands-on activities let students try new technologies and ethical issues scenarios, critical thinking activities, and team projects help to elevate their thinking and keep them engaged and motivated. Technology Now is written in simple language with fun and interesting examples that today’s students can relate to; information is current, concise and presented visually in bite-sized chunks with key terms highlighted and defined. Customize the printed book to include just the chapters that meet your course’s learning objectives, and set up your SAM course so it contains only the SAM tasks covered in the book. Use the e-book version with SAM for a 100% digital course.


  • Computer Concepts text aligns perfectly with SAM Concepts tasks: Book content is adapted from the SAM Computer Concepts tasks to provide SAM users a streamlined, consistent learning experience on important computer concepts topics such as hardware and software, operating systems, the World Wide Web, Safety and Security and more. Can be used as either as a 100% digital solution (as an e-book available in SAM), or as a print companion text.
  • Customizable to provide just the content you want. Choose the print chapters you want to meet your course learning outcomes. SAM lets you pick just the SAM Concepts tasks from your chosen chapters to provide your students with a streamlined learning experience.
  • Elevates Learning with hands-on activities that engage and inspire students: A wide variety of additional end-of-chapter hands-on activities (beyond what is covered in SAM), including critical thinking exercises, team projects, and ethics scenarios provide opportunities to engage students in meaningful and relevant ways to reinforce key concepts and inspire students to incorporate technology at school, on the job, and in their lives.
  • Designed to appeal to today’s students: Content is presented efficiently for today’s visual learners with streamlined text and appealing illustrations and graphics. Tips on emerging technologies (“Hot Technology Now”), Twitter-type message feed, careers (“On the Job Now”), and relevant statistics (“By the Numbers Now”) speak to the interests of today’s students to keep them engaged and motivated.
  • Award-winning author-Well-known author, popular speaker, and respected technology professor Corinne Hoisington provides contemporary expertise as well as practical insights throughout this book that go beyond the SAM content. A recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award, Ms. Hoisington applies her expertise in emerging technology to keep students engaged and inspire them to use and explore technology to help them succeed in school and in their careers.

About the Contributor

  • Corinne Hoisington

    Corinne Hoisington is a professor at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Professor Hoisington has been honored with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Computer Programming award. A dynamic speaker, she regularly presents on new technology and education trends to instructors across North America. She is the author of several best-selling Shelly Cashman Series texts on Windows, Visual Basic, and Adobe Dreamweaver, as well as Android app development.

Table of Contents

Your Companion to SAM Computer Concepts.
Getting Started.
Getting Started with Computing.
Getting Started with SAM.
Computers in History. Types of Computers. Input Devices. Using the Keyboard. Using Pointing Devices. Output Devices. Central Processing Unit. Digital Data Representation. Memory. Storage.
What is Software? Software Development. Types of Software. Purchasing Software. Licensing Software. Software Problem.
Introduction to System Software. Operating Systems. Common Operating System Tasks. Managing Your Computer's Windows. Common Operating System Features. PC Operating System Head to Head. Mobile Operating System Head to Head. File Basics. Working with Folders and Libraries. File Management. Customizing Windows.
Word Processing. Spreadsheets. Software. Databases. Graphics Software. Mobile Applications.
What is the Web? The Browser. Web Page Development. Using the Web to Find Information. Web Site Structure. Types of Web sites. Web Applications. Electronic Commerce. The Internet of Things.
Buying a Computer. Protecting Computer Hardware. Safeguarding Your Computer. Troubleshooting Common Hardware problems. Keeping Your Computer in Working Condition. Using Software to Maintain Your Computer. The Connected Computer.
Introduction to Networks. Connecting to a Network. How Networks Work. Types of Networks. The Internet. The Networked World. Network Risks. Network Security Basics.
Personal Health Risks. Data Risks. E-mail and Internet Risks. Financial risks. Privacy Risks. Electronics and the Environment. Personal Information Security.
Digital Communication. Electronic Mail. Messaging. Podcasts and Online Conferences. Blogs and Wikis. Social Networks. Internet Etiquette.
Online Information. Searching For Information. Evaluating Online Information. Search Tools.
Ethical Use of Information.
Graphics. Audio. Video. Animation. Gaming. Social Media.
Embedded Computers. Connected Homes. Intelligent Workplaces and Classrooms. Artificial Intelligence. A Helping Hand. Green Computing. Careers.


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    This access code is available to you for as long as your institution uses SAM 365 & 2016. MindTap Reader access length is dependent upon how it was setup by your instructor. SAM – Skills Assessment Manager – is the top online training resource for Microsoft Office and computer concepts skills. With automatic feedback on assignments and personalized study guides, SAM helps you stay on track for improved grades. SAM has all your course content in one easy location. SAM training and assessments simulate the real Microsoft Office environment and SAM projects let you apply the skills live in the application using real-world scenarios, preparing you for more workplace success.
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