Teaching with Databases as Cognitive Tool: Challenges and Opportunities from the Internet
Chaohua Ou, Ke Zhang, Texas Tech University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The Internet makes it possible for teachers and students to get access to a wealth of information that they have never been exposed to. However, the overwhelming amount of information available challenges teachers and students as well. According to Jonassen (2003), information does not equal knowledge and it will not be transformed into knowledge unless it is integrated into meaningful, reflective, active learning activities Database Management Systems (DBMSs) are software programs for electronic storage, retrieval and management of data. They support students' learning by allowing students to organize, classify, analyze, and make sense of information through meaningful and authentic learning activities. As a result, students can develop their critical thinking. This presentation will present practical classroom applications of teaching with databases as cognitive tool and related research on the effects of students' learning with databases. It will also demonstrate how to teach by integrating DBMSs with the Internet database resources and suggest effective instructional strategies.
Ou, C. & Zhang, K. (2005). Teaching with Databases as Cognitive Tool: Challenges and Opportunities from the Internet. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1532-1535). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).