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Technology In Action, Complete, 8th Edition

By Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, Mary Anne Poatsy

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 8, 2011


In today’s technological age, computer literacy is important for everyone, and now learning the basics is easier than ever. A Computer Concepts Text Focused on Today’s Student,Technology in Action engages students by combining a unique teaching approach with rich companion media. The eighth edition has been updated to reflect the latest developments in computer technology. New interactive learning tools have also been added to enhance student engagement.

Student CD is included with every text, containing:

·    Sound Bytes: Multimedia lessons that demystify computer concepts with audio and video presentations.

·    Sound Byte Podcasts: The Sound Bytes are now also available as podcasts.

·    Active Helpdesk Calls: Highly interactive, engaging, almost game-like media that places the student in the role of a helpdesk staffer answering computer technology questions from callers.


KEY TOPICS: Why Computers Matter to You: Becoming Computer Literate; The History of the PC; Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts; Using the Internet; Ethics; Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play; Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management; Understanding and Assessing Hardware; Networking and Security: Hackers and Viruses; Protecting Your Computer and Backing Up Your Data; Mobile Computing; Digital Entertainment; System Hardware

MARKET:  With an array of fun and engaging learning tools, Technology in Action teaches students computer fundamentals, from learning Microsoft Office to setting up their own home network.

Table of Contents


Technology in Action, Eighth Edition

Contents at a Glance



Chapter 1

Why Computers Matter to You: Becoming Computer Literate


Technology in Focus

The History of the PC


Chapter 2

Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts


Chapter 3

Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web’s Resources


Technology in Focus

Information Technology Ethics


Chapter 4

Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play


Chapter 5

Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management


Technology in Focus

Computing Alternatives


Chapter 6

Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System


Chapter 7

Networking: Connecting Computing Devices


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Under the Hood


Chapter 8

Digital Lifestyle: Managing Digital Data and Devices


Chapter 9

Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices


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Careers in IT


Chapter 10

Behind the Scenes: Building Applications



Chapter 11

Behind the Scenes: Databases and Information Systems


Chapter 12

Behind the Scenes: Networking and Security in the Business World


Chapter 13

Behind the Scenes: How the Internet Works






These online resources are available at no cost.

Companion Website for Technology in Action, Complete, 8th Edition