Who done it? Solving a classroom mystery, students use real life class
information to design and input data into databases. They learn computer
search and sort strategies and apply their new skills to educate the
school community on how databases affect life in a democracy.
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Collect, organize, and describe data.
Use technology to solve problems.
Construct, read, and interpret a given set of data.
Explore the role technology plays in our Information Age.
Who sneaked into the room and used the computer for video games? Following
an Activity Schedule that assumes students
spend approximately three days designing a data record and inputting
they solve the problem by analyzing clues left by the
perpetrator. Starting with the first clue, students search their records.
By the time the Database Detectives identify the culprit they are
sold on the power of databases.
As students acquire database skills they are encouraged to view themselves
as individuals and their class as a community. In preparing to hold
schoolwide elections, they discuss the impact of databases on our
rights to privacy.
Students recount personal experiences with telephone polls. This leads
to listing several skills and careers associated with polling: communication
directors, writers, and computer programmers.
ClarisWorks Office for Dummies by LeVitus and Higgins, 1997: IDG Books;
ClarisWorks 5 in the Classroom K-12 1998: MicroMedia Publishing; "Looking
for Data in All the Right Places," 3X5 cards, backup disks, Activity
Schedule and Follow-up Tasks
Students search database records created with ClarisWorks.
Solving the mystery evaluates student ability to correctly input data
and follow directions. Follow-up Tasks
broaden searches and sorts (alpha, numerical, and multiple variables).
It is important to observe if students use database functions or merely
go through one record at a time. For an extended evaluation and a
great problem solving activity have students input their own data
to design their own database mystery.
For help with
Appleworks & ClarisWorks there are tutorials online.