Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials

  • AUTHOR: Misty E. Vermaat
  • ISBN-13: 9781285845531 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 350 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2015     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED brings the wealth of learning materials available for DISCOVERING COMPUTERS together into an easily usable toolkit and provides students with actionable direction for maximizing Web 2.0 tools in their pursuit for employment or growing their careers. The full online course lends structure to the wide variety of practice and reinforcement opportunities and begins each chapter with a self-assessment, enabling learners to target their study: learning more in less time. The practice questions and crossword puzzles in the back of the print book enable quick skill-and-drill opportunities and the Web 2.0 appendix shows learners how to use tools available to them to their full potential. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED offers not only the content students need to succeed in the introductory computing course, but provides it in a way that helps ensure success for all students.


  • Feature 1: Book content structured and organized to improve student retention of material and promote transference of knowledge: Chapter structure presents topics where the information is most relevant and in the format that is most appropriate for student learning. Chapter organization presents topics students need to know for success at home, at school, and at work. End-of-chapter student assignments help students to be more successful in the course.
  • Feature 2: Themes help students and instructors use in-chapter boxes, marginal elements, and accompanying digital only content effectively: Broaden Your Knowledge: Mini Features, How To boxes, Secure IT boxes, BTW elements, and High-Tech Talk articles. Critical Thinking: Consider This boxes, Ethics & Issues boxes, and questions posed in every mini feature and box throughout the book. Currency: Internet Research elements, Technology @ Work boxes, Innovative Computing elements, Technology Innovators, and Facebook posts/Twitter tweets. Self-Assessment: Chapter Objectives, Now You Know boxes, Quiz Yourself Online, Chapter Summary, Chapter Study Guides, Flash Cards, and Practice Tests.
  • Unique supporting and enriching content is available only in the e-book to enhance student knowledge and understanding through links to content and interactive media embedded at locations most appropriate for learning: Author-developed content that expands on in-book chapter topics by presenting current or technical information. Author-directed animations and interactive figures. Relevant and timely access to third-party websites or videos. This digital only content provides up-to-the-minute news and currency by way of High-Tech Talk articles, the Innovative Computer feature, and articles and topics delivered via Facebook and Twitter. Additional digital only content, such as Quiz Yourself Online, Chapter Study Guides and the Flash Cards, provides review and practice opportunities anytime, anywhere.
  • Feature 4: End-of-chapter student assignments, along with the accompanying MindTap website, offer students an exceptional learning solution.

About the Contributor

  • 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

Focus On: Purchasing the Right Computer.
1: Digital Literacy: Introducing a World of Technology.
2: The Internet: Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating.
3: Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating the Possibilities.
4: Programs and Apps: Using Software at Work, School, and Home.
5: Digital Safety and Security: Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses.
Focus On: Troubleshooting Computer and Mobile Device Problems.
Focus On: Jump Starting Your Technology Career.
Focus On: Workbook.

New to this Edition

  • Understand Computing Careers and Harness Web 2.0 Tools to Take Control of Your Professional Opportunity.
  • Build upon existing Computing Careers content to create a career toolkit / professional portfolio within the context of a computing career.
  • Student Workbook.
  • Practice test questions and crossword puzzles for each chapter enforce learning.