Databases can be used as cognitive tools to help students integrate and interrelate content areas and thus make learning more meaningful. Sound applications of databases in teaching may actively engage students in analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information and constructing knowledge. Through building and exploring databases, students ask meaningful questions, find and interpret information, generate logical and causal formulae, and find answers. These learning activities thus foster students' critical thinking and knowledge construction. Abundant Internet resources bring both challenges and opportunities to teachers for teaching with databases as cognitive tools. In this article, the authors introduce practical classroom applications of the Internet into various learning activities with databases. The authors also discuss instructional strategies for database-supported lessons. (Contains 2 tables.)
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