Text Book Philosophy-

Would it be prudent to discuss how to take a step and explain that in order to walk, you lean forward, start falling, land the other foot, and compensate for balance to prevent ending up on the floor? Do you need to be told that walking is nothing more than a continuous, yet controlled, fall? One could argue the point for an absolute beginner though however, it is a farfetched idea that someone at that stage doesn’t know who to walk but I still present the silly idea to explain the book.

The problem with an introduction to a workshop in computers, is “Where does the author start?” The writers realize that people reading it are coming from all levels of awareness. What needs to be explained?

It may be that you have already used MS Office well enough to skip the introduction and a lot of the chapter on MS Word. One might skip a bit of the chapters on PowerPoint and Excel but probably will have to read the rest. Many will have to follow the entire chapter on Access. The book has to accommodate the total beginner while you may be starting the course with a somewhat higher understanding of the material.

Recently I once had a student that had never switched on a computer. He was from a country where electricity, let along computers, was scarce.

The problem is where do you start? What fine point might you miss if you skim to where you believe it starts where your knowledge stops? Should you read every tidbit to make sure you did not miss some valuable crumbs that you will need to know? What if the book does not cover a tidbit that is valuable and difficult to understand for which you need an explanation.

Believe it or not, I can only suggest that you read each and every page no matter how grueling it maybe. This way, you can be absolutely sure that you have gleaned everything the book presents. You will find that the more you read, the less you will see of the tediocraty of “common knowledge” and the more new information will be realized. If nothing else, read the first line of every paragraph to see if it might cover something you don’t already know.

Meanwhile, you can take the quiz for each section to test your knowledge.

Classes will have instruments to apply the chapter information. They will not follow the book and will cover aspects of the topic that are not in the chapters.


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