Essential Computing Skills combines streamlined content, visually
appealing interactive tools, and tiered end-of-lesson exercises
to quicken the pace of skill development for every learner.
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.
This first edition covers content for both Windows 7 and Windows 8
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.
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We recently made the transition to the Labyrinth Microsoft 2013 series with eLab. The transition has been made very easy with the help from the Labyrinth Staff. The students have adapted to the new system with very little difficulty. Students really like the videos and the ease of learning this provides. As an instructor I can see my students work as the progress in eLab and print the gradebook page as my documentation of course completion. I am only beginning to discover all the features of eLab, but quickly learned enough to get started. We look forward to adding additional courses in the future.
6/10/2014 12:24 pm
Janelle Cardenas, Educator
Looking at the "Essential Computing Skills" book I have a few observations:
I thought it had good information and it explained things nicely, but in the first chapter it's all reading. New users want to use the computer. They fall asleep, get bored or give up if there is too much reading or technical talk. spread that stuff around.
Also, this book needs more how to use a program. What I mean by that is you have them creating folders and moving files when they don't even know how to create or save a file yet.
11/21/2013 9:57 am
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