Most students entering college have already had years of exposure to computers
and other digital technologies. Elementary and high school students use computers
to write papers, create presentations, communicate with each other, conduct
research, and entertain themselves. Cell phones, digital cameras, and iPods
are standard equipment for teens. Students understand the basics of computers
and technology, and how to use them for day-to-day activities. But today’s technological
world requires much more. Succeeding with Technology teaches students
what they need to know about technology and how to apply it to life situations
to achieve success.
The creation of Succeeding with Technology was guided by the philosophy that
for students to prosper, they must grasp underlying principles of the technologies
that have an impact on our lives and understand how those principles are
related to real-world activities. No one is capable of gaining true understanding
by memorizing long lists of technical terms. This textbook won’t overwhelm you
with descriptions of numerous inconsequential devices. Instead, Succeeding with
Technology provides straightforward explanations of the principles that guide
technological development, without overwhelming the reader with too much
detail. An understanding of the concepts provided in this book will translate
into a practical understanding of the specific devices and practices in use today
and in years to come.
The authors understand that technology in and of itself is not interesting to
most people. What most people do find interesting are the exciting ways that
technology is being used to improve our day-to-day lives, our professional productivity,
society, and the world. Succeeding with Technology invests as much
effort in showing how technology is used as it does in explaining how technology
works. Every concept is backed up with practical examples of how it is making
an impact on everyday life.
We are proud of the fourth edition of this unique textbook that takes readers
beyond traditional computer competence and fluency, to a deeper understanding
of not only how digital technology works, but more importantly, how it can be
harnessed to improve your life.