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This is a worksheet that I pass out to the students to work in groups and evaluate a database. Then they come up to the front of the room and demonstrate the database for the class.
For a class of 15, working in groups of 3, it takes about 10-15 minutes to do the worksheet and 15-20 minutes to present the databases to the class.
Get a post-it flipchart and put pages up throughout the room - enough for one for each group of 3-5 students. Divide them into group and give each group a database to examine. Give them leading questions about the database and give them 10-15 minutes to study the database, then make a "poster" about it (asking them to incorporate the info related to the questions posed). Then give the other students 5-10 minutes to go visit the other posters and make notes for themselves.
Alternate: the other groups can make comments directly on the posters themselves.
Tell us the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word database