Computer Confluence: Tomorrow's Technology and You : Introductory

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George Beekman, Michael Jay Quinn
Pearson/Prentice Hall, Dec 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 456 pages
"Computer Confluence" is more than a book: it's the confluence of three media resources: an illustrated textbook, a state-of-the-art CD-ROM, and up-to-the-minute web site. "Computer Confluence" goes beyond computer concepts and explores the promise and problems of information technology, how it affects people and society, and the future. Since 1994, thousands of students have been introduced to computers through the authors' unique approach. After an illustrative introductory chapter on computer basics, the book covers such topics as: hardware and software basics, graphics, digital media, and software media, networking and telecommunication, security and risks, and the internet and world wide web. An excellent reference resource for anyone interested in computers and computer concepts.

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Network and Internet Basics 18 Interactive Activities
Approaching Computers
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About the author (2004)

George Beekman is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at Oregon State University. An innovative computer literacy course he created more than a decade ago served as the inspiration for Computer Confluence. He has since designed several classes in interactive multimedia and the social and ethical issues surrounding information technology. He coordinates multimedia components of OSU's New Media program, which focuses on the digital convergence of multimedia, telemedia, and print media.

George Beekman has taught workshops in computer literacy and multimedia for students, educators, and economically disadvantaged families from the Atlantic to Alaska. He has written more than 20 books on computers, information technology, and multimedia, as well s more than 100 articles and reviews for Macworld and other popular publications. In his spare time he runs, rides his bike, and plays music with his friends.

Michael J. Quinn is Dean of the College of Science and Engineering atSeattle University.

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