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Interview Database
Grade: 5-12
Subject(s): Database Building
Required products: Tool Factory Database
  • Digital Camera (optional)
  • Tape recorder (optional)
  • Notepad
  • Tool Factory Database
    Reporters and editors of the school newspaper collect notes, photos, and recordings from interviews conducted for various articles and enter the data in Tool Factory Database.
    1) Students open Tool Factory Database and click on "Change a database" and then open the "Interview Database" file.
    2) There is one record in this database as an example. Students may delete the information in this record and begin adding their own data in the data entry mode.
    3) If students would like to add or delete fields, they may do so in the enter fields mode. They may also change the layout, background color, fonts, etc. in layout mode.
    4) Information from interviews will probably be generated on a notebook while students are conducting interviews and then transferred into the interview database. This database can be updated, and new records added, as often as necessary.
    5) Encourage students to save often, especially after they have entered new records.
    Follow-up Activities
    The information in the database can be used to write articles for the school newspapers, in which it is often helpful or necessary to quote from interviews.
    Cross-Curriculum Ideas
    Databases can be used to collect and organize information in every subject area.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Interview Database
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Interview Database
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Technology Standard 2, Level 2 , #5: The student uses database software to add, edit, and delete records, and to find information for simple sort or search techniques.

    McREL Math Standard 6, Level 2 , #1: The student understands that data represent specific pieces of information about real-world objects or activities.

    McREL Technology Standard 2, Level 4, #2: The student knows how to import, export, and merge data stored in different formats (e.g., text, graphics).