Re: Recommendations for computer-related videos

Jim Scholtz (
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 08:54:17 -0700 (MST)

Annenberg/CPB released a series about computers a couple of years ago
entitled "The New Literacy, revised edition" which should provide the "processing" information
you're looking for plus other topics (26 programs, $29.95 ea; series
$350). It is excellent. Contact them at or
1-800-LEARNER. (PP rights included). In terms of learning specific
applications, most of the videos are software specific like the Video
Professor series. As a video reviewer for Booklist, I have reviewed 100s
of these titles and really find them less than satisfactory, but I do
realize that people learn in many different ways. Video Professor
programs use split screens showing the keyboard/computer screen with
voice-over narration. Video Professor (home exhibition rights only)
800-323-8900. Check back issues of Booklist for titles (or cumulative
year index). If you can get your hands on Pitman's Video Librarian
magazine/cumulative index or back issues of Video Rating Guide (now
defunct); these would provide you with a plethora of reviews. The Video
Professor series can be purchased through jobbers like Baker & Taylor,
Ingram, or Library Video Company also. Right now they are offering a
"free video" (if you pay $4.95 S/H) deliverable in 4-6 weeks if you call
that 800 number. Good luck - happy computing... JCS

On Thu, 6 Feb 1997 wrote:

> A professor at this community college is looking for videos to teach the
> fundamentals of computers, such as: types of computers (super, mainframe,
> micros) and how they process information; overviews of application packages,
> both productivity (word processing, dbase, spreadsheet, etc.) and systems
> packages; how database managment systems are developed and used; and systems
> design and analysis.
> She does not want instruction in how to use specific software
> programs, but rather, the concepts. I realize there are many
> computer-related titles available--I'm hoping to hear of some recommended
> titles (series would be nice) that are current and are appropriate for this
> level.
> I did locate some potential titles via a quick search of OCLC, but I am having
> difficulty locating phone numbers for the following producers/publisers--
> J3 Learning Corporation (Virtual Training Centre series)
> Learn PC
> Any insight into these specific producers and their programs would also
> be helpful.
> Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
> Many thanks,
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> ~ Margaret A. Devereaux Media/Collection Development Librarian ~
> ~ Cayuga Community College ~
> ~ Auburn, NY 13021 315 255-1743 x291 ~
> Margaret