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Ch 14: Praxis Business: Technology Tools

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to prepare for your Business Education Praxis exam. The targeted video lessons are informative and have self-assessment quizzes for immediate feedback.

Praxis Business Education: Technology Tools - Chapter Summary

Sure, we all know about the World Wide Web, but how, exactly, does it work? Find out with the video lessons in this chapter. Practice using search engines, keywords, different methods of communication and various types of data, to make sure that you're familiar with current technologies for your Praxis Business Education test. The following topics are included in this chapter:

  • Internet collaboration
  • World Wide Web
  • Internet communication
  • Search engines and Web portals
  • Cloud computing
  • Database structures and management
  • Types of data

You can also learn about Internet basics, including URLs, IP addresses, ISPs, DNS and ARPANET, so that you can answer technology foundations questions. Take the quick quizzes to make sure that you haven't missed any critical pieces of knowledge.

Praxis Business Education: Technology Tools Objectives

The information technology portion of the test will analyze your understanding of technology tools. About 18 out of the total 120 multiple-choice questions, or 15% of the exam, assess your knowledge of information technology. Review the following topics to prepare for the Praxis:

  • Technology tools used for communication, research, problem-solving and decision-making
  • Technology operations and concepts
  • Human interactions: workflow, ergonomics, physical design and layout

The lessons in this chapter can help you better understand the various types of technology tools. Also, check for our chapters addressing human interactions, technology operations and concepts, to make sure that you're completely ready for this portion of the Praxis Business Education exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 14: Praxis Business: Technology Tools
The Internet: IP Addresses, URLs, ISPs, DNS & ARPANET

1. The Internet: IP Addresses, URLs, ISPs, DNS & ARPANET

We'll cover the basics of the Internet, including its history and functioning. Key topics include IP addresses, TCP/IP communication protocol, DNS, URLs, and the transfer of information as packets through the Internet.

World Wide Web: How the Web Works

2. World Wide Web: How the Web Works

In this lesson, an overview of the World Wide Web is discussed, including its development and operation. The various technologies that enable the Web to work are also described. Topics include Web browsers, hypertext markup language, hypertext transfer protocol, hyperlink and FTP.

Internet Communication: Twitter, Email, IM, Blogging, RSS & Newsgroups

3. Internet Communication: Twitter, Email, IM, Blogging, RSS & Newsgroups

Social media adds business value by building networks that enhance competitive advantage, enable the exchange of information and foster strong relationships. There are various Internet communication tools that enable us to network both personally and professionally such as Facebook, e-mails, chat and RSS.

Internet Collaboration: Second Life, VOIP, Video Conferencing, Virtual Reality & Telepresence

4. Internet Collaboration: Second Life, VOIP, Video Conferencing, Virtual Reality & Telepresence

Today, individuals and businesses are collaborating and interacting online from dispersed locations. Many technologies make it possible to communicate, learn, conduct business, and socialize with people from anywhere in the world. This lesson will discuss various Internet collaboration tools and virtual reality concepts.

Search Engines, Keywords & Web Portals

5. Search Engines, Keywords & Web Portals

Search engines enable users to locate a vast amount of information on any topic quickly and conveniently through the Internet. Common search engines include Google, Yahoo, Bing, and AOL. The topics discussed in this lesson include search engines, Web portals, keywords, Boolean operators, spiders, search forms, database, and meta tags.

e-commerce & m-commerce: Buying & Selling on the Web & Mobile Devices

6. e-commerce & m-commerce: Buying & Selling on the Web & Mobile Devices

E-commerce and m-commerce have transformed the way that organizations and consumers conduct business. Additional topics discussed in this lesson include B2B, B2C, C2C, and e-government.

Cloud Computing and Databases: Technology to Improve Database Management

7. Cloud Computing and Databases: Technology to Improve Database Management

Cloud computing uses a network of computers to provide services that otherwise would be provided by a single computer or computer server. Learn how cloud computing works and how it allows you to use the same database on multiple devices in this video lesson.

Database Concepts and Structures: The Elements That Make Up a Database

8. Database Concepts and Structures: The Elements That Make Up a Database

Learn the fundamental elements of databases and how they are structured. One common data structure is a database table, which uses records and fields to organize data.

Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

9. Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

Discuss the basic types of data found in databases. These include character strings, integers, decimals, images, audio, video and other multimedia types.

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