Learning with Computers II (Level Orange, Grade 8)

  • AUTHORS: H. Albert Napier; Ollie N. Rivers; Jack P. Hoggatt
  • ISBN-13: 9780538450713 
  • 512 Pages  Paperback 
  • 2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2006
  • ©2012     Published
  • Level(s): Flesch-Kincaid
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About The Product

The new second edition LEARNING WITH COMPUTERS II (Level Orange, Grade 8) is a revision of the first edition project-based text to cover Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. There is also a companion text, LEARNING WITH COMPUTERS I (Level Green, Grade 7). This series for middle school students delivers a strong foundation in keyboarding and computer applications. In this project based text, students are introduced to the Explorers Club where four young members of the club – Luis, Ray, Julie, and Lin – guide students on virtual explorations. Along the way, each student keeps a personal journal about their explorations. The text offers multiple opportunities to reinforce and maintain basic keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, graphics, and Internet skills. Students are also introduced to new grade-level appropriate computer skills based on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). Additionally, the text emphasizes research, reading, and writing activities relevant to social studies, science, math, and language arts curriculum. The text for use with Windows applications, is divided into 4 units; Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations (Graphics, Multimedia, and Integration) and Databases. Each unit contains multiple projects (totaling 18 projects per text), plus an introductory project. Each project focuses on a group of grade-level appropriate objectives for particular computer applications. Several hands-on activities within each project are designed around these objectives. This one-semester text can be used as a stand alone text or in conjunction with South-Western’s MicroType keyboarding software. MicroType is an engaging, easy-to-use program that teaches new-key learning and skill building. Features include 3-D animations, videos, and fun interactive games.


  • Four young characters – Julie, Lin, Luis, and Ray – guide students through the projects with a fun "explorer theme" that helps keep students interested.
  • Text includes activities for research, reading, and writing that are relevant to social studies, science, math, and language arts curriculums.
  • Text is divided into four units: word processing, worksheet, presentation, and database; begins with a pre-assessment to identify the student's basic computer skills; ends with an objective unit test and hands-on computer skills assessments.
  • Each unit contains activities for research, collaboration, oral presentations, and critical thinking.
  • Projects include activities that allow students to demonstrate and practice computer skills using cross-curricular activities, quizzes, and hands-on computer skills post-assessments.

About the Contributor

  • H. Albert Napier

    H. Albert Napier is a Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. The author and co-author of several books about using desktop applications, Al has been involved in computer education for more than 20 years.

  • Ollie N. Rivers

    Ollie N. Rivers has more than 20 years business experience in financial and administrative management and more than 10 years experience as a corporate trainer. She is a co-author of two e-business textbooks; a contributing author on more than 15 software applications and Internet textbooks; and has developed numerous continuing education seminars for accounting professionals. Ms. Rivers holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting and Management, both from Houston Baptist University.

  • Jack P. Hoggatt

    Dr. Jack P. Hoggatt writes the Keyboarding reinforcement activities for the Learning with Computers projects. He is Department Chair for the Department of Business Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has taught courses in Business Writing, Advanced Business Communications, and the communication component of the university’s Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. Dr. Hoggatt has held offices in professional organizations and has been received the Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Educator Award in Wisconsin. He has served as an advisor to local and state business organizations. Dr. Hoggatt is involved with his community and the school activities of his four children.

Table of Contents

Getting Started with Computers.
1. Rafting the Mississippi with Mark Twain.
2. Living in the Thirteen English Colonies.
3. Crossing the Missouri with Lewis and Clark.
4. Exploring the Writers of Concord.
5. Reenacting the Founding of Our Nation.
6. Creating Yosemite National Park.
7. Exploring Elements from the Periodic Table.
8. Analyzing Early U.S. Population Data.
9. Creating a Budget.
10. Discovering the Universe.
11. Working in New England’s Textile Mills.
12. Changing the States of Matter.
13. Observing the Atom.
14. Rushing to California.
15. Identifying Important Scientists.
16. Cataloging the Fifty States.
17. Working for Social Reform.
18. Organizing Data: U.S. Inventors and Inventions.
Capstone Project.

New to this Edition

  • Projects cover Microsoft Office 2010 and also work with Office 2007.
  • Topics correlate to new NETS standards.
  • Century 21's nationally adopted document formats are used for reports and letters.
  • "Summer Internship" unit simulation projects integrate computer applications and build to a capstone project.
  • Asian female Explorer character Lin adds more diversity and fairness.
  • Career Cluster Activities added for each Project: "Explorer’s Club Career Day."
  • New supplemental exercises on the IRCD are for 1) more skills practice, 2) exploring new software features, and 3) Internet research.
  • MicroType software correlates with text to provide additional keyboarding practice.
  • Updated, fresher internal design.

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