Essential Computing Skills 2nd Edition combines streamlined content, visually
appealing interactive tools, and tiered end-of-lesson exercises
to quicken the pace of skill development for every learner.
New! This second edition covers content for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The content of this new edition is almost identical to the 1st edition. We have replaced references to Windows 8 with the new 8.1. This change includes references to SkyDrive that have been renamed by Microsoft to OneDrive. These minor changes did result in a slight shift in page numbering.
In today's digital world, knowing how to use computers effectively is critical. Our goal is to teach new users how to take advantage of computer technology and use
it to be successful in school and at work. We begin with brief concept discussions
and quickly move to hands-on activities focused on skills development. Learners are
led through exercises using visually appealing, interactive tools and then they are
challenged to complete exercises on their own.
Topics cover computer concepts, Windows, email, using the internet, and cloud computing.
Highly visual design
Videos clarify and reinforce concepts
Interactive tutorials engage and guide students
Skill-building exercises progress from guided, step-by-step actions to
Online concept quizzes reinforce learning
Real-world focus helps students develop practical skills they can apply immediately
Video Tutorials: Many topics in this book are associated with a free, supplemental
video tutorial that reinforces the concepts covered in this textbook. Topics are clearly marked with a unique video number, which will help you locate the correct video online.
Guide Me Tutorials: All Develop Your Skills exercises in this textbook (and some
other exercises) feature a free, interactive Guide Me tutorial to reinforce learning.
Exercises are clearly identified, which will help you locate the correct tutorial on the
Student Resource Center.
Optional eLab course for online training and assessment
eLab is a secure, web-based solution that offers automated assessment, gradebook management, and extended online training, all through an easy-to-use web interface. Create your tests, assignments and other content using eLab’s easy to use interfaces. You have complete flexibility.
NOTE TO STUDENTS: THIS OPTION IS ONLY INTENDED FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN INSTRUCTOR-LED COURSES THAT ARE USING ELAB ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING AS PART OF THE COURSE CURRICULUM.
The price is right. I have not had a chance to teach from it yet.
Yes, we have adopted it. The book talks about student videos and PPT applications for the students. The only files available are student exercise files. Also, there is no instructor CD.
(Labyrinth note: instructor resources are available for download online.)
9/7/2015 6:07 am
Joyce Jensen, Educator
We haven't actually used this text, but like the videos, quizzes, and clear explanations. We hope it will work well in our course this fall.
6/17/2015 8:58 am
Colleen Kennedy, Spokane Community College, Educator
Great for students of all levels. The material is easy to follow, except that maybe Windows 7 and Windows 8 should be separated in two different sections, instead of being each for every lesson together.