EXTENSIVE PRACTICAL ADVICE, expressed both in the text and in Experience Boxes, Practical Action Boxes, Survival Tips, and More Info! leads. Security and Ethics concerns highlighted throughout.
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE CONTENT, a quality applauded by users of previous editions. New topics range from Big Data to drones to MOOCs to the National Security Agency to self-driving cars to trolls to wearable technology. See the extensive recent references in the Notes section.
HIGHLY READABLE TO REINFORCE LEARNING, using imaginative writing, such as colorful anecdotes, interesting quotes, and—new to this edition compelling TECH TALES, or mini-cases. Material presented in bite-size form, using short sentences, advance organisers, and bullets. Key terms highlighted in red and definitions in boldface. Eight timelines give historical perspective. End-of-chapter “Terms & Explanations” tell why key terms and ideas are important.
THREE-LEVEL SYSTEM TO HELP STUDENTS THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, draws on the authors' skills writing college success books to implement an end-of-chapter three-stage pedagogical system for reinforcing learning, as well as web exercises to spur discussion.