Introduction to Computers & Information Technology: Preparing for IC3 Certification, 4th Edition © 2022

Introduction to Computers & Information Technology guides students to digital literacy that they can apply at home, work, or school. The updates to this edition also cover newer devices such as smartphones and services including cloud computing.

  • Clear language
  • Engaging content
  • Industry standards
  • Flexible online platform
  • Prepare for the IC3 GS6 Exams

Introductory Computer and Information Technology CTE with Digital Integration

Help students gain understanding and confidence in using various computers and IT devices they will encounter.


Approachable Language


Engaging Content

Students gain context and depth from the numerous features throughout the book. The practical connections keep them interested in learning more.


Industry-Level Digital Literacy

We structured the book to follow the seven areas of digital literacy covered within the three IC3 GS6 exams for students who want to receive industry certification.


Real-World Applications

Technology@home, Technology@school, and Technology@work features demonstrate how the concepts students learn can serve them outside of the classroom.

Computer and Information Technology CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Digital Literacy Fundamentals
  • Digital Content Management
  • Digital Communication
  • Teacher’s Wraparound Edition

Digital Literacy Fundamentals

  • Fundamental Basics
    Explores hardware and software basics
  • Devices and Systems
    Looks at input and output devices, storage, and operating systems
  • Computers and Peripherals
    Learn how computers work plus identifying and using peripherals
  • Additional Coverage
    Covers utility programs, wired and wireless networks, mobile devices, cloud computing, and security threats

Digital Content Management

  • Skills and Tasks

    Teaches introductory skills in software for a range of tasks including:

    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Databases
    • Graphics programs
    • Presentation programs
    • Multimedia


Digital Communication

  • Device Familiarization
    Teaches the latest in communication devices
  • Modern Technologies
    Includes smartphones and tablets plus the network technology they run on

Teacher’s Wraparound Edition

  • Instructor Support
    Includes teaching tips, discussion questions, project plans, and lesson ideas
  • Differentiation
    Differentiation for advance, on-level, and special needs students
  • TestGen Software
    Test Bank with TestGen software
  • Correlation Guide
    IC3 GS6 Correlation Guide
  • Reference Guide
    Procedure reference guide for Microsoft® Office and Google Docs
  • Presentations
    Classroom Presentation options
  • Keyboarding Exercises
    Optional keyboarding exercises

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Frequently asked questions about Introduction to Computers and Information Technology

  • What subjects are covered in the table of contents?

    PART 1 : Computing Fundamentals

    CHAPTER 1: Computer Basics

    • LESSON 1-1 What Is a Computer?
    • LESSON 1-2 What Is Computer Hardware?
    • LESSON 1-3 What Is Computer Software?
    • LESSON 1-4 What Is Troubleshooting?
    • Chapter 1 Review

    CHAPTER 2 Understanding Computers

    • LESSON 2-1 Exploring Computer Systems
    • LESSON 2-2 Basic Programming Concepts
    • LESSON 2-3 Group and Individual Computing
    • LESSON 2-4 Mobile Devices
    • LESSON 2-5 Internet Connections
    • Chapter 2 Review

    CHAPTER 3 Input/Output Basics

    • LESSON 3-1 Basic Input Devices
    • LESSON 3-2 Basic Output Devices
    • Chapter 3 Review

    CHAPTER 4 Understanding Specialized Input/Output

    • LESSON 4-1 Specialized Input Devices
    • LESSON 4-2 Specialized Output Devices
    • Chapter 4 Review

    CHAPTER 5 Storage Basics

    • LESSON 5-1 Understanding Computer Storage
    • LESSON 5-2 Classifying Storage Devices
    • LESSON 5-3 Common Storage Devices
    • Chapter 5 Review

    CHAPTER 6 Understanding How Data Storage Works

    • LESSON 6-1 Understanding Hard Drives and Flash Drives
    • LESSON 6-2 Optical Storage Devices
    • LESSON 6-3 Storage Trends
    • Chapter 6 Review

    CHAPTER 7 Software Basics

    • LESSON 7-1 Introducing the Operating System
    • LESSON 7-2 Operating Systems and Utilities
    • LESSON 7-3 Application Basics
    • Chapter 7 Review

    CHAPTER 8 Understanding Software

    • LESSON 8-1 Exploring the Operating System
    • LESSON 8-2 Exploring System Utilities
    • LESSON 8-3 Mobile Apps and Messaging Systems
    • Chapter 8 Review

    PART 2: Key Applications

    CHAPTER 9 Application Basics

    • LESSON 9-1 Selecting Application Software
    • LESSON 9-2 Obtaining Application Software Legally
    • LESSON 9-3 Getting Started with an Application
    • Chapter 9 Review

    CHAPTER 10 Understanding Applications

    • LESSON 10-1 Examining Types of Application Software
    • LESSON 10-2 Application Documentation and Versions
    • LESSON 10-3 Using Application Software
    • Chapter 10 Review

    CHAPTER 11 Word Processing Basics

    • LESSON 11-1 Creating a Document
    • LESSON 11-2 Basic Document Editing
    • LESSON 11-3 Basic Document Formatting
    • LESSON 11-4 Basics of Desktop Publishing
    • Chapter 11 Review

    CHAPTER 12 Using a Word-Processing Application

    • LESSON 12-1 Viewing a Document
    • LESSON 12-2 Enhancing a Document
    • LESSON 12-3 Formatting and Printing
    • LESSON 12-4 Making and Tracking Edits
    • Chapter 12 Review

    CHAPTER 13 Spreadsheet Basics

    • LESSON 13-1 Exploring Spreadsheets
    • LESSON 13-2 Entering and Editing Data
    • LESSON 13-3 Using Formulas
    • LESSON 13-4 Integrating Spreadsheet Data
    • Chapter 13 Review

    CHAPTER 14 Understanding Spreadsheets

    • LESSON 14-1 Using Functions in a Worksheet
    • LESSON 14-2 Automatic Spreadsheet Features
    • LESSON 14-3 Formatting and Managing Worksheets
    • LESSON 14-4 Creating Effective Spreadsheets
    • Chapter 14 Review

    CHAPTER 15 Database Basics

    • LESSON 15-1 The Essentials of a Database
    • LESSON 15-2 Types of Database Programs
    • LESSON 15-3 Database Techniques
    • Chapter 15 Review 373

    CHAPTER 16 Understanding Databases

    • LESSON 16-1 Creating an Effective Database
    • LESSON 16-2 Maintaining an Efficient Database
    • LESSON 16-3 Using Queries and Filters
    • Chapter 16 Review

    CHAPTER 17 Digital Graphics Basics

    • LESSON 17-1 Digital Graphics and Their Uses
    • LESSON 17-2 Exploring Graphics Programs
    • LESSON 17-3 Working with Graphics
    • Chapter 17 Review

    CHAPTER 18 Understanding Digital Graphics

    • LESSON 18-1 Preparing Computer Graphics
    • LESSON 18-2 Exploring Image Editing Programs
    • LESSON 18-3 Draw and Animation Features
    • Chapter 18 Review

    CHAPTER 19 Presentation Basics

    • LESSON 19-1 Exploring Presentation Software
    • LESSON 19-2 Creating Presentations
    • LESSON 19-3 Previewing Presentations
    • Chapter 19 Review

    CHAPTER 20 Enhancing Presentations

    • LESSON 20-1 Presentation Options
    • LESSON 20-2 Developing Presentations
    • LESSON 20-3 Enhancing and Finalizing Presentations
    • Chapter 20 Review

    CHAPTER 21 Multimedia Basics

    • LESSON 21-1 Introducing Multimedia
    • LESSON 21-2 Multimedia File Formats
    • LESSON 21-3 Introducing Virtual Reality
    • Chapter 21 Review

    CHAPTER 22 Understanding Multimedia

    • LESSON 22-1 Exploring Multimedia
    • LESSON 22-2 Developing Multimedia
    • LESSON 22-3 Exploring Virtual Reality
    • Chapter 22 Review

    PART 3: Living Online

    CHAPTER 23 Telecommunications

    • LESSON 23-1 Telephone Systems
    • LESSON 23-2 Integrating Computers with Telephones
    • LESSON 23-3 Exploring High-Speed Telecommunications
    • Chapter 23 Review

    CHAPTER 24 Networking Basics

    • LESSON 24-1 Introducing Computer Networks
    • LESSON 24-2 Local Area Networks
    • LESSON 24-3 Wide Area Networks
    • Chapter 24 Review

    CHAPTER 25 Building Networks

    • LESSON 25-1 Connecting Computers
    • LESSON 25-2 Creating Local Area Networks
    • LESSON 25-3 Connecting Remote Networks
    • Chapter 25 Review

    CHAPTER 26 Internet Basics

    • LESSON 26-1 What Is the Internet?
    • LESSON 26-2 Connecting to the Internet
    • LESSON 26-3 Programs for Using the Internet
    • Chapter 26 Review

    CHAPTER 27 Using the Internet

    • LESSON 27-1 Internet Structure
    • LESSON 27-2 The Internet Domain Name System
    • Chapter 27 Review

    CHAPTER 28 Web Basics

    • LESSON 28-1 Understanding the Web
    • LESSON 28-2 Web Browsing
    • LESSON 28-3 Exploring e-Commerce
    • Chapter 28 Review

    CHAPTER 29 Using the Web

    • LESSON 29-1 Understanding Hypertext
    • LESSON 29-2 Designing for the Web
    • LESSON 29-3 Working on the Web
    • LESSON 29-4 Conducting Business Online
    • Chapter 29 Review

    CHAPTER 30 Personal Communications Basics

    • LESSON 30-1 Using Email
    • LESSON 30-2 Avoiding Email Problems
    • LESSON 30-3 Remote Communications Tools
    • Chapter 30 Review

    CHAPTER 31 Understanding Personal Communications

    • LESSON 31-1 Understanding Email Systems
    • LESSON 31-2 Organizing with Email and Digital Calendars
    • LESSON 31-3 Understanding Communications Tools
    • Chapter 31 Review

    CHAPTER 32 Issues for Computer Users

    • LESSON 32-1 Privacy Online
    • LESSON 32-2 All About Cybercrime
    • LESSON 32-3 Avoiding Cybercrime
    • Chapter 32 Review

    CHAPTER 33 Using Computers Responsibly

    • LESSON 33-1 Computer Ethics
    • LESSON 33-2 Understanding Copyright Laws
    • Chapter 33 Review

    CHAPTER 34 21st Century Skills

    • LESSON 34-1 Skills for Success
    • LESSON 34-2 Communicating and Collaborating
    • LESSON 34-3 Living with Technology
    • Chapter 34 Review

    CHAPTER 35 Career Skills

    • LESSON 35-1 Identify Career Opportunities
    • LESSON 35-2 Employability Skills
    • LESSON 35-3 Workplace Environments
    • Chapter 35 Review

    APPENDIX A: Web Page Development and Computer Programming

    • LESSON A-1 Web Page Development
    • LESSON A-2 Computer Programming
    • Appendix A Review

  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 7-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for introductory information technology courses.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?

    Introduction to Computers and Information Technology meets the standards for IC3 Certification.

  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the print Student Edition, Pearson MyLab® Student Access, and the Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include the print Wraparound Teacher’s Edition, Pearson MyLab® Teacher Access, TestGen® Test Bank, Visual Aid PowerPoint® presentations, and Rise presentations.
  • Can the standalone eText be purchased?
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