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Class Description

The purpose of this class is to introduce the database as a tool to aid in the organization and management of information in the classroom.  Participants will explore using databases to communicate content information, as well as an administrative tool.  Participants will be able to create new databases, understand relevant terminology, and modify and use databases.  Practice will be provided in using various types of fields and choosing the best for specific purpose.  Database functions will be combined with the word processor to produce mail merged documents, with participants designing appropriate layouts to apply this feature to their teaching situation.

Participants will explore databases as a tool to perform research in the classroom.   Common databases such as library catalogs and reference works will be explored.   Participants will utilize database applications to stress problem solving and critical thinking in a variety of educational settings, such as one computer in the classroom, several computers in the classroom and computer labs.

Each participant will gain experience creating databases for classroom use and devising appropriate activities for student use of the database as a tool for information management.  The Virginia Standards of Learning will be used as guides to design lesson plans at the appropriate instructional level.

Goal

This course is designed to equip teachers with basic database skills for both administrative and instructional use in the classroom.

Objectives

  • Participants will be able to create and utilize databases for management and information.
  • Participants will be able to create and use simple databases with the word processor for mail merge applications. 
  • Participants will be able to create various layouts for classroom and administrative use. including labels, name tags, letters, etc. 
  • Participants will be able to incorporate use of databases to perform research into classroom applications. 
  • Participants will gain experience utilizing database applications to stress problem solving and critical thinking  in a variety of educational settings such as one computer in the classroom, several computers in the he classroom,and computer labs. 
  • Participants will be able to create database activities for classroom use.

Class Overview

This course will be a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.   Using the selected platform (Windows) participants will learn the basics of database creation and use for classroom and administrative purposes.

Evaluation

Successful completion of this course includes the following:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Completion of administrative and instructional databases
  • Completion of lesson plan at appropriate level
  • Demonstration of understanding of database terminology
  • Successful operation of hardware and software
 

Schedule

 
This page was updated on:  04/10/02