Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities (2nd Edition)

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Provides readers with the tools and resources to help them become effective users of technology.  It covers material on how to set up a personal computer, install and use a variety of applications and understanding the commonalities of software programs.  Also included is  discussion of the how and why of basic principles of computers, digital representation of information, structuring information and fundamentals of networks. Information Technology defined, standard interface functionality, basics of networking, Web searching, HTML, Online Research, Debugging, database concepts,spreadsheet development, database queries, database design, privacy and secuirty andfundamental javascript concepts.  For individuals who want to become effective users of technology and use it as a tool for organization, communication, research, and problem solving.

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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. Since then he has taught at schools like Yale, MIT, Harvard, and Syndey University before settling down in 1983 at the University of Washington.


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