What is new in this edition?
The most significant addition to the Second Edition is the full treatment of the widespread impact of the Internet in all areas of modern technology. The importance of the Internet is featured by a new marginal icon throughout the text and self-paced student exercises exploring the World Wide Web included with CD-ROM transparencies for each chapter created for viewing with a Web browser. New topics have been introduced in every chapter, including multimedia and World Wide Web materials in education, the role of computers in downsizing, rapid applications development tools, voice command systems, caller ID services, QuickTime VR, commerce and security on the Internet, implications of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the possibilities of network computers.
What instructional aids come with the new edition?
As noted above, the text comes accompanied by a set of CD-ROM-based materials including multimedia transparencies created in Web format (also available from Wiley on-line). These can be viewed by two methods, on-line directly from the Wiley Web site or in the classroom directly from the CD-ROM using any common Web browser, like Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, or Mosaic. Both students and faculty with Web access will have the online versions of the transparencies available for their perusal. Along with the transparencies for each chapter come a list of World Wide Web resources suitable for use with students and self-paced student Web exercises for those with Internet access.
Also on the CD-ROM instructors will find a fully rewritten instructor's manual, which can be downloaded and printed locally. The experiential and critical thinking exercises which were highlights of the first edition have been updated throughout the text. A regular set of acetate transparencies are available for those who have no computer to show the Web transparencies.
What other supplements accompany the book?
The custom CD-ROM for the course also includes another unique resource, a full-featured multimedia authoring package called MediaLink (InterEd) written by the author's development team at the University of South Carolina for both Macintosh or Windows computers. With MediaLink, students and teachers can create multimedia assignments incorporating all the computer media -- text, sound, graphics, digitized photography, and video -- without the heavy learning curve of most multimedia software. As far as we know, no other computer literacy text comes with a multimedia authoring package ready for teachers and students to use with about two hours of preparation.
In addition, the CD contains the PassPort Multimedia Software, a collection of multimedia programs for Windows using text, graphics, photos, animation, and sound to enhance and extend the information provided in the text. On a companion CD-ROM the publisher is making available a Windows multimedia package from PC Computing called How Multimedia Computers Work. It presents the inside story of computer hardware in an vivid and entertaining instructional style.
Wiley offers the Getting Started series, an extensive selection of applications manuals, to accompany the book. These concise, yet complete, manuals offer readers a step-by-step, hands-on introduction to popular DOS and Windows applications programs, including PowerPoint, Access, Word, Excel, and Windows 95. Most come with a data disk containing sample files and all with a wealth of exercises and screen dumps.
How about the new Test Bank?
The Test Bank for the Second Edition of The Computer Triangle has been rewritten and expanded considerably. There are seventy-five total questions for each chapter, offered in three forms -- true-false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blanks. MicroTest, a computerized version of the Test Bank, is available in both IBM and Macintosh versions.
What about a continuing commitment to upgrading of materials using the Internet?
The author and publisher have a section on the Internet version of the Web transparencies to furnish new information on current developments in the fast evolving computer field. To keep this material timely, it will be regularly updated on the Wiley Web pages for The Computer Triangle.