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Computer Literature

An essential collection of the latest technology books.

The Book of JavaScript: A Practical Guide to Interactive Web Pages, 2nd ed.

No Starch Press $39.95

This latest edition has been completely updated with coverage of Ajax and features new examples that reflect today's Web environment. Readers learn how to work with frames, forms, cookies and alarms, use events to react to a user's actions, and perform image swaps and rollovers. It also teaches them how to program functions to produce customized solutions, store user preferences with cookies and build a shopping cart, as well as use Ajax to turn Web pages into desktop applications.

Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture

No Starch Press $49.95

This book demystifies microprocessors by using analogies, four-color diagrams and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing. Besides examining specific processors from Intel, IBM and Motorola, it explains technology terms and concepts that readers often hear but may not understand. Also addressed are programming fundamentals such as arithmetic instructions, memory accesses, control flow instructions, caching and performance, and intermediate and advanced microprocessor concepts, such as pipelining, superscalar execution, branch prediction and more.

Using Blogs to Enhance Literacy: The Next Powerful Step in 21st Century Learning

R&L Education $24.95

Readers who feel overwhelmed by the concept and implication of students blogging in local schools and at home will gain insight into this phenomenon. The book deals with how blogging affects adolescents from offering easy avenues for bullying to bridging the digital divide. The book covers how blogging can advance literacy skills by becoming new writing genre, and whether there are gender differences in how people blog. It concludes with an ethical look at blogs: ways to keep students safe in the blogosphere and consequences for students and educators who express thoughts on personal blogs that conflict with their schools' positions.

Handheld Computers in Schools and Media Centers Linworth Publishing $39.95

Educators, along with library media and technology specialists, are guided through the process of selecting the hardware and software necessary for students to use iPods, handheld computers and other digital devices so they can listen to eBooks, research Web sites and use videos and audiobooks. Educators will gain knowledge for teaching students to use handhelds for curriculum purposes and to meet national technology standards. The book explains how using portable technologies in the classroom can engage students and enrich their learning environment.

Your Library Goes Virtual

Linworth Books $44.95

This book explores the virtual school library concept and guides planning or expanding one with a step-by-step approach. Audrey Church includes the latest research on student and teacher use of electronic resources. Also included are program administration, information access and delivery, and learning and teaching ideas. Readers will learn how to make their library Web pages a more meaningful and helpful schoolwide tool. The book also stresses the importance of building an online presence that increases student learning and interaction. Schools interested in creating an online library community that includes information, Web links, catalogs, eBooks and databases will find this book helpful.

Cameras in the Classroom: Educating the Post-TV Generation

R&L Education $19.95

Offering practical advice for educators on the application of visual learning in schools, the author replaces archaic word-based teaching techniques with visual competencies and explains how to incorporate videomaking into traditional K12 subjects with limited resources. Filled with sound research and helpful tips, the book helps readers understand the need for visual learning and tells why an estimated one million teachers will be using video production over the next few years.