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  • Topic: Organizing, Social Studies and Databases
  • The Steps

     Look: Concepts

  • Read: Introduction to Organizing, Social Studies and Databases (7 pages)

  • The Changing Nature of File Storage (1 page)

  • Communicating Live Online: Best Practices. (4 pages)
  • Read: Summary of the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
  • (2 pages) Note the list of 10 thematic strands, then read strand VIII on Science, Technology and Society.
  • Read: Social Studies and the LEAP Problem Processing Model
  • (1 page)
  • Read: Barbara Parmenter and Mary Burns (April 2001). GIS in the Classroom. Challenges, Opportunities, and Alternatives, Learning & Leading with Technology. 
  • (8 pages)
  • Read just this page: What is the ERIC database? (1 page)
  • Read: Use the K-12 school library's electronic catalog system from your classroom.
  • (7 pages)
  • Read the explanation of what this is: Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential database
  • (2 pages)
  • View: CROP processing. Study just the models and note the role of the database in the models.
  • Look: Technical

    Read: Database History and Concepts

    Skim specific teacher-technology competencies:  section 5 - Databases.

    Think about: Linking and Sorting Database Research


  • Watch the Basics 10 Flash tutorial at Smartboard's Web site.
  • Present your teams lesson plan project as a live team teaching event with your classmates (in-class).

  • In class activity: Lesson plan for introducing databases (2nd grade and up)

  •  Read Database Study Tutorial and then and complete its Training sections I. through V. exercises.

  • Having worked out the answers to the questions in the database study tutorial, create 3 questions about the databases provided by this chapter. Use the sample questions as models for your own questions for the  DB question assignments.

  • Part II. Complete the two databases and add the appropriate information in their records and fields.

  • Part II. Complete composition of your mail merge letter to parents started in tutorial. 
  • * eCROP site (link in Blackboard): contribute at least 1 question related to this chapter on audio and 1 contribution to someone else's question related to this chapter. They do not have to be in your own section.
  • Graduate pacing for ERIC. Share an article review in a Blackboard discussion board for Graduate Students and comment on those of others.
  • Assess

    Review notes from readings and practice the hands-on skills of searching and creating databases.



  • Add your 3 database questions to your web site as part of the same page that has the spreadsheet questions or they could be put on a separate page.

  • Link the two database application files to the appropriate places in your unit plan (sections VII and IX).
  • Turn in the printouts of the mail merge assignment (3 completed form lettters and one form letter template).

  • Publish notes (optional) and diary to web sites before or on the morning of the day in which the next chapter is introduced. This gives me a chance to review your work before I come to class.
  •   Optional

    Case Study items 19 -web catalogs; 20 - robot search engines
    21 -printing:
  • Without Frames.
  • With Frames.
  • video viewing
  • Overview of Assignments Due for Next Week

  • Read thru assigned links and complete assigned  tutorial activities.

  • Find answers to the sample database questions in the Database Study Tutorial.

  • See Database Chapter Lab Grade Evaluation template.