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Computing and Information Science 

Analyze the field of computing and information science (also known as information and computer science), which is the study of information processes and their interactions with the world, acknowledging the importance of computers to this work. This includes the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, and dissemination of information. To this end, computers are considered a tool rather than a unique field of study. For example, researchers use computers to test their hypotheses on how information is processed in the brain and nervous system or how defects arise in programming. Computing and information science involves science, engineering, and mathematics.

Computing and information science differs from computer science in its unique focus on how people use technology to better organize, analyze, and disseminate information; computer science, by contrast, is primarily concerned with the study of computation, its theoretical properties, and practical approaches for effective computation.

The fields of computing and information science began to converge in the 1950s as information scientists began to apply the power of computers in the storage and retrieval of information. This field is key to the development of artificial intelligence, software engineering, and computer networking and communication. Jobs in this field include systems analyst, network administrator, system architect, information systems developer, web programmer, and software developer.

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  • Code Power: A Teen Programmer’s Guide: Getting to Know Apple Swift, 1st Edition

    Code Power: A Teen Programmer’s Guide: Getting to Know Apple Swift, 1st Edition

    Rosen Central | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781508183655

    Readers today live in a digital age where various types of code power their world. From iPhones and iPads to the Apple Watch and Apple TV, code is the language that some of their favorite devices speak. Readers will get to know Apple Swift, the beginner-friendly programming language behind these devices and more. In this lively and informative book, readers will learn that with Swift, anyone can create cool apps. Not only will readers discover the fun they can have with Swift, they’ll also learn why Swift is important and how learning more about it will benefit them.

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  • Computer Kids: Powered by Computational Thinking: Bloodiest Civil War Battles: Looking at Data, 1st Edition

    Computer Kids: Powered by Computational Thinking: Bloodiest Civil War Battles: Looking at Data, 1st Edition

    Rosen Classroom | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781508137498

    Computer science is all around us, at school, at home, and in the community. This book gives readers the essential tools they need to understand the computer science concept of data analysis. Brilliant color photographs and accessible text will engage readers and allow them to connect deeply with the concept. The computer science topic is paired with an age-appropriate curricular topic to deepen readers’ learning experience and show how data analysis works in the real world. In this book, readers will look at data from the American Civil War and analyze its implications. This nonfiction book is paired with the fiction book Sanjay’s Civil War Project. The instructional guide on the inside front and back covers provides vocabulary, background knowledge, text-dependent questions, whole-class activities, and independent activities.

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  • digitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies, 1st Edition

    digitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies, 1st Edition

    Princeton University Press | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9780691190600

    Scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and information sciences are grappling with how best to study virtual environments, use computational tools in their research, and engage audiences with their results. Classic work in science and technology studies (STS) has played a central role in how these fields analyze digital technologies, but many of its key examples don’t speak to today’s computational realities. This unique digital field guide refreshes the canon for contemporary digital scholarship and offers innovative new approaches to digital scholarship, the design of digital tools and objects, and the deployment of critically grounded technologies for analysis and discovery. Topics include software development, hackathons, digitized objects, diversity, and distributed scientific collaborations. It also discusses methodological considerations of social networks and data analysis, design projects that can translate STS concepts into durable scientific work, and much more.

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  • Inside Technology: Inside Computers, 1st Edition

    Inside Technology: Inside Computers, 1st Edition

    Core Library | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781532170751

    Some computers can do calculations in space, beat contestants at Jeopardy!, and create complex images and videos. This book introduces readers to the uses of computers, the hardware and software that make computers possible, and the future of computer technology. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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