Fluency with IT: Skills, Concepts, & Capabilities

(pearson-fluency6) / ISBN : 978-1-61691-930-6
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The Fluency with IT: Skills, Concepts, & Capabilities course is targeted at students who are already familiar with computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web with a deeper understanding of the broad capabilities of technology. The computer fluency course covers topics such as information technology, human-computer interface, networking fundamentals, information location on the world wide web, and more. This course teaches computer skills and provides complete coverage of all concepts required for information technology.

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Lessons

30+ Lessons | 228+ Quizzes | 419+ Flashcards | 419+ Glossary of terms

TestPrep

100+ Pre Assessment Questions | 2+ Full Length Tests | 100+ Post Assessment Questions | 110+ Practice Test Questions

1

Defining Information Technology

  • Computation's Greatest Hits
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Computers, Software, Algorithms
  • The Words for Ideas
  • Summary
  • Short Answers
  • Exercises
2

Exploring the Human-Computer Interface

  • A Few Useful Concepts
  • Perfect Reproduction
  • What We See and What We Think
  • Summary
  • Short Answers
  • Exercises
3

The Basics of Networking

  • Comparing Communication Types
  • The Medium of the Message
  • The World Wide Web
  • File Structure
  • Summary
  • Short Answers
  • Exercises
4

A Hypertext Markup Language Primer

  • Marking Up with HTML
  • Lab Practice I
  • Structuring Documents
  • Lab Practice II
  • Get Into Style with CSS
  • Marking Links and Images
  • Referring to Files
  • Span, Lists, Tables, and Boxes
  • Cascading Style Sheets
  • Styling with Class
  • Hovering Above Links
  • HTML Wrap–Up
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
5

Locating Information on the WWW

  • Web Search Fundamentals
  • Advanced Searches
  • Web Searching
  • Authoritative Information
  • Truth or Fiction?
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
6

An Introduction to Debugging

  • Precision: The High Standards of Computing
  • Debugging: What's the Problem?
  • A Dialog About Debugging
  • Debugging Recap
  • Fixing HTML Bugs: A Case Study
  • No Printer Output: A Classic Scenario
  • Ensuring the Reliability of Software
  • Community Debugging
  • Summary
  • Short Answers
  • Exercises
7

Representing Information Digitally

  • Digitizing Discrete Information
  • Information Representation
  • Binary and Hex
  • Digitizing Numbers in Binary
  • Digitizing Text
  • UTF-8
  • The Metadata and the OED
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
8

Representing Multimedia Digitally

  • Digitizing Color
  • Computing on Representations
  • Digitizing Sound
  • Digital Images and Video
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Multimedia Challenges
  • Bits Are It
  • Summary
  • Short Answers
  • Exercises
9

Principles of Computer Operations

  • There's an App for That
  • Software Isn't So Hard
  • Instruction Execution Engine
  • The Program Counter: The PC's PC
  • Instruction Execution
  • Translation
  • Integrated Circuits
  • How Semiconductor Technology Works
  • Combining the Ideas
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
10

Algorithmic Thinking

  • Algorithms
  • Algorithms—A Basic Concept
  • A Closer Look
  • Doing the Right Thing
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
11

Social Implications of IT

  • The Power of the Crowd
  • Out on Good Behavior
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Creating Good Passwords
  • Spam
  • Scams
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
  • Creative Commons
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
12

Privacy and Digital Security

  • Privacy and Technology
  • A Privacy Definition
  • Enjoying the Benefits of Privacy
  • Fair Information Practices
  • Is There No Privacy?
  • Tracking
  • Cookies
  • Digital Security
  • Prevention
  • Encryption
  • Redundancy Is Very, Very, Very Good
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
13

The Basics of Spreadsheets

  • Arranging Information
  • Computing with Spreadsheets
  • Daily Spreadsheets
  • Importing Data
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercise
14

Advanced Spreadsheets for Planning

  • Designing a Spreadsheet
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Conditional Formulas
  • Naming: Symbolic Reference
  • What If Analysis
  • Analyzing Data Using Filtering
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
15

Introduction to Database Concepts

  • Differences Between Tables and Databases
  • XML: A Language for Metadata Tags
  • Tables and Entities
  • The Science of Tables
  • SQL: The Language of Databases
  • Structure of a Database
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
16

A Case Study in Database Organization

  • Thinking About a Personal Database
  • A Preliminary Exercise
  • The iDiary Database
  • Using the iDiary Daily
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
17

Fundamental Concepts Expressed in JavaScript

  • Overview: Programming Concepts
  • Names, Values, and Variables
  • Three Basic Data Types of JavaScript
  • The Assignment Statement
  • Lab Practice
  • An Expression and Its Syntax
  • A Conditional Statement
  • The Espresso Program
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
18

A JavaScript Program

  • Preliminaries
  • Background for the UI
  • Creating the Graphical User Interface
  • Event-Based Programming
  • Critiquing the Bean Counter
  • Bean Counter Recap
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
19

Programming Functions

  • Anatomy of a Function
  • Forms and Functions
  • Writing Functions, Using Functions
  • Customizing Pages
  • Making a Web-Based Phone App
  • Social Functions
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
20

Iteration Principles

  • Iteration: Play It Again, Sam
  • JavaScript Rules for for Loops
  • Experiments with Flipping Coins
  • Indexing
  • Arrays
  • It's Magic
  • The Busy Animation
  • Not So Busy Animation
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
21

A Case Study in Algorithmic Problem Solving

  • The Smooth Motion Application
  • Planning Smooth Motion
  • Build the Basic Web Page UI
  • Animate the Grid
  • The Best Laid Plans . . .
  • Build Controls
  • Sense the Keys
  • Staircase Detection
  • Assemble Overall Design
  • Primp the Design
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
22

Limits to Computation

  • Can Computers Think?
  • Acting Intelligently?
  • Watson
  • Acting Creatively?
  • The Universality Principle
  • More Work, Slower Speed
  • Are Best Algorithms All Fast?
  • Summary
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises
23

A Fluency Summary

  • Two Big Computing Ideas
  • Fluency: Less Is More
  • Lifelong IT Learning
  • Shifting for Yourself
  • Short Answer
  • Exercises

Appendix A

  • HTML5 Reference

Appendix B: RSA Public Key Cryptosystem

Appendix C: iDiary: Tags and Templates

Appendix D

  • JavaScript Programming Rules

Appendix E: The Bean Counter Program

Appendix F: myApps Page

Appendix G: Smooth Motion Program

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