Discovering Computers, Brief: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World

  • AUTHORS: Gary B. Shelly; Misty E. Vermaat
  • ISBN-13: 9781111530471 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 536 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2010, 2009
  • ©2012     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

DISCOVERING COMPUTERS: BRIEF provides students with a current and thorough introduction to computers. This Shelly Cashman Series® text offers a dynamic and engaging solution to successfully teach students the relevancy of computer concepts in their personal, professional and academic lives through exciting new exercises that focus on problem solving and critical thinking.


  • Illustrate the relevance of computer concepts to your students with Computer Usage @ Work boxes and Problem Solving @ Work exercises providing examples of how any career path you chose will involve technology in some way.
  • Start relevant discussions in your course using the Ethics & Issues boxes to debate how technology is affecting the world we live in.
  • Engage your students in the content by integrating the online companion games and activities that make learning fun!

About the Contributor

  • Gary B. Shelly

    Gary B. Shelly wrote and published his first computer education textbook in 1969. More than twenty million copies of Shelly Cashman Series' textbooks have been sold. Gary and a talented group of contributing authors have produced books on computer programming, computer concepts, and application software that are the leading textbooks in the computer technology market today. Gary has hosted the annual Shelly Cashman Institute, a week-long training event focusing on the latest topics in technology, for the past 34 years.

  • Misty E. Vermaat

    Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to 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, Ms. Vermaat has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series and has written or co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS, and Microsoft® Word books.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Computers.
Special Feature: Timeline.
2. The Internet and World Wide Web.
Special Feature: Making Use of the Web.
3. Application Software.
Special Feature: Digital Communications.
4. The Components of the System Unit.
5. Input.
6. Output.
Special Feature: Digital Video Technology.
7. Storage.
8. Operating Systems and Utility Programs.
Special Feature: Buyer's Guide.
A: Quiz Yourself Answers.
B: Computer Acronyms.
C: Coding Schemes and Number Systems.

New to this Edition

  • Coverage has been updated to include Microsoft® Office 2010 and new innovations in technology, such as the iPad, to ensure the most current coverage of today's technology and trends.
  • The optional integration of the new Cengage Learning's Computer Concepts CourseMate for Discovering Computers brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook–specific website. The Computer Concept CourseMate for Discovering Computers goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!