Introduction to Information Technology

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Chapter 1 : Introduction to Information Technology

1.1 The Practical User: How Becoming Computer SavvyBenefits You

What does being computer savvy mean, and what are its practical payoffs?
There is no doubt now that for most of us information technology is becoming like a second skin—an extension of our intellects and even emotions, creating almost a parallel universe of “digital selves.” Perhaps you have been using computers a long time and in a multitude of ways, or perhaps not.
Either way, this book hopes to deliver important practical rewards by helping you become “computer streetwise”—that is, computer savvy. Being computer savvy means knowing what computers can do and what they can’t, knowing how they can benefit you and how they
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Its purpose is to speed up problem solving and increase productivity.

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY Unquestionably you’ve been using communications technology for years. Communications technology, also called telecommunications technology, consists of electromagnetic devices and systems for communicating over long distances. The principal examples are telephone, radio, broadcast television, and cable TV. In more recent times, there has been the addition of communication among computers—which is what happens when people “go online” on the internet. In this context, online means using a computer or some other information device, connected through a network, to access information and services from another computer or information device. A network is a communications system connecting two or more computers; the internet is the largest such network.

Information technology is already affecting your life in exciting ways and will do so even more in the future. Let’s consider how.

How is IT being used in Education? * 99% of schools have internet access * 1/5 of college students report they were using computers between ages 5 and 8 * All college students report using computers by the time they were 16-18 years old * Many college classes are either taught online or have a class website
Definition: Distance Learning is
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