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The Importance of Computer Training

By James Copper

Whether you are at the tender age of 8 or are pushing 90, computer training will make your life easier and definitely can open up a range of learning that you never thought possible.
the-college-pros4Taking part in a computer-training course is made available in all elementary schools up to special college courses that entail exceptional programs and a dizzying array of delivery formats.

Children learn computers at an alarming rate, their minds soak up the broad reaches of computers and more importantly their minds are open to the computer technology hardware and software. Some children even show an astonishing propensity for coding and programming at a very early age.

Computer training courses are in general held online, though of course, some can be accomplished through actual classroom study. Regardless of the method used, all computer-training courses start with the basics.

Basics usually begin by introducing hardware. One should learn the physical parts to a computer such as output devices, input devices, the system unit, storage devices, communication devices and finally peripheral devices.

Software is next, and should cover the elementary basics such as the differences between system software and application software. It will be important for you to learn the essential
diversity between shareware, freeware, public domain software and commercial software.

You will also learn how software is introduced into a computer and the various methods that can be used and which to use depending on various situations. Also, you’ll be able to
identify which system software is built into a computer and why.

Operating systems will be covered for you and how they interact with various software. The training will cover the differences between text interfaces and graphic user interfaces and what each accomplishes for the user.

You’ll learn about all the different application software that is out there, and what each does for you. Also you will learn which are considered the best software to use depending on the specific results you desire.

Finally the training course should intensely cover utilities, and what they do for a computer as well as what benefits they give the operator. You will learn all about anti-virus
utilities, and disk management software.

As an adjunct to your basic computer training, good courses go one step further and teach you how to properly maintain and protect your computer so that you will not have to deal with malware, and assorted computer viruses. You also should learn the basics of computer ethics, privacy and security.

Eventually you should progress through the use of computer applications in education, such as educational research, management, as well as learning and instruction.

Once you have learned those basics, computer-training courses also teach you how to properly “surf” the Internet, making use of the best search engines, and refining those engines in order for you to access the exact information you are seeking every time. The world of the Internet is wide open to everyone who has a computer and a connection, and it’s truly amazing what a computer can do for you!

About the author:
James Copper is a writer for http://www.computer-it-training.co.uk where you can find information on computertraining

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Best Ways to Get Textbooks for College

By CollegeView

Gathering supplies can be a stressful experience, whether you’re anticipating your first year of college or dreading the pre-term mad dash. Thankfully, the digital age is making it the-college-pros3easier to buy, sell, and trade just about anything online—including college textbooks. Check out these Web resources and other helpful tips for alleviating the hassle (and the cost) of getting the books you need.

Buying

When you can avoid it, wait until after the first class session before buying the required books. That way you won’t get stuck with a pricey book in the event that the teacher places little emphasis on it or you decide to drop the class.

Once you’re sure which books you’ll need, find the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for each, which will help you search quickly for titles in bookstores and online. If you plan to buy locally, remember that off-campus bookstores usually offer lower prices.

On the Web, larger online booksellers such as eBay and Amazon can sometimes offer better shipping rates than their smaller counterparts, but you might have more luck finding what you need through vendors who deal exclusively in college textbooks, such as these for example:

* www.bookbyte.com – Founded near Salem, Oregon, in 1999.

*www.bigwords.com – Compares the prices of “all the best textbook stores” to help students find the cheapest deals.

*www.valorebooks.com – Started by a group of college students in 2002.

Here are some additional tips for finding the textbooks you need for college without breaking the bank:

* Search campus-wide message boards or your school’s MySpace or Facebook section for students who want to buy/sell their books.

* Check the campus library for loaner copies.

* Share a book with a friend or classmate, photocopying important sections prior to exams.

Selling

Selling books back at the end of the semester can sometimes be disappointing, since textbooks completely lose their value if they are not selected by the university for reuse. Here are some options for maximizing the return value of your saleable used books:

* Sell to friends and classmates.

* Sell back to on- and off-campus bookstores.

* Compare shipping rates and consider selling your books to an online textbook retailer.

If you find that there is no cash-back value on your books, but you don’t want to simply throw them away, consider donating your old books to schools, libraries, and correctional facilities. Inquire about book donation programs with your university or visit http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/bookdonation.htm for a list of opportunities.

Trading

Many colleges and universities help to facilitate textbook swapping both as a money-saving solution for students and an environmentally-friendly alternative to printing new books. Visit Web sites such as www.textswap.com, www.monstertrade.com,
and http://www.studentbooktrade.com, where you can search by state or school for other students in your area who are interested in swapping books. As with any transaction that originates online, you should exercise good judgment and caution when making book trade arrangements independently.

About the author:
Hannah Roberts is a writer for Collegeview, a great resource to help students and their parents as they begin their college search. The website provides information about free scholarships, financial aid, career information and more. Collegeview offers profiles of thousands of universities that can be searched by area of study, name, and location.

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