Live Wire, Interactive Computer Science, an Encyclopædia Britannica school series of eight books for classes 1 to 8, uses an interactive and hands-on approach to communicate about computers.

Based on feedback from teachers on the latest trends in computer education, the content covers updated application software programs and information on devices in current use. The scope of Live Wire, in Books 1 to 5, includes the basics of Computer Science with knowledge of MS Office package along with LOGO program. Books 6 to 8 extend the range to Flash, HTML, QBASIC, Visual Basic, Photoshop, and the Internet.


Additional features are:

  • Objectives and summary: A bird’s-eye-view of chapter contents available with each chapter
  • Try it out: Activities to reinforce knowledge
  • Lab activity: Exposure to working knowledge of computers
  • Projects: Application assignments
  • Compcare: Computer etiquette and computer care tips
  • Help & Wordbank: Computer shortcuts and glossary
  • Did you know: Additional information snippets
  • Test papers: Term-wise evaluation
  • Life skills: Implementing NCERT recommendations under various aspects of better living
  • HOTS: The CBSE guideline of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) implemented in Books 3 to 8 in the form of situational responses, research cues, and online references
  • Fun with Computers: fun games
  • National Cyber Olympiad page: A hands-on guide to competitive exams
  • Books 1, 2, and 3 are in workbook format

Live Wire will help students make computers a handy companion in all real-life situations.


Classes: 1 to 8

Components: Interactive CDs for each class

Written and visually designed for students ages 6 to 17, the 2015 Livewire has been thoroughly reviewed, updated, and revised by educators, expert contributors, and Britannica editors.