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Database: CSI Detectives (CSI Schools)
The popularity of forensic science in school continues to grow alongside the proportion of prime time scheduling devoted to CSI television shows. Yet the understanding of how forensic tests are used in narrowing down a field of possible suspects to the point where just one can be arrested or taken to trial is far less well understood.Students fall for the imagined glamour of forensics with no awareness of the roll of ICT and computing in the logging and analysis ofthe data generated.
 
The CSI Schools Project has grown from the realisation that ICT specialists and science education practitioners have a lot to offer one another. By piggy-backing on the popularity of forensic science, databases can be made enticing enough to hold the attention of reluctant learners, and ICT can be thoroughly embedded within the curriculum as a tool that enables higher cognitive skills to develop. A small team comprising of a science outreach officer from a university, a primary-trained computing specialist teacher with industry experience and two science communication students worked together in order to create the resources required to make this concept a reality.
 
To support this initative, The Digital Schoolhouse project have recorded a series of step-by-step video tutorials for using the clues from the science experients in a database to solve the murder. In addition to this, The Digital Schoolhouse has also setup 5 online spreadsheets to accommodate the collaborative data entry excerise. Essentially, each pupil will enter the details from his or her profile card into the spreadsheet. It is recommended that profile card one is entered into row one of the spreadsheet, with profile card two entered into row two of the spreadsheet and so on. When the data entry process is complete pupils are able to perform data verification on the spreadsheet by swapping profile cards and checking the data entered against the profile card. After completing the excerise we would ask that you kindly download the spreadsheet and then delete all the information in it so that another school can use it.

CSI Schools Pack 1:
 
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CSI Schools Pack 5:
 
 
Guidance:
Dr Emm Johnstone, Royal Holloway, University of London
Mark Dorling, Langley Grammar School: Digital Schoolhouse
 
Project Leaders:
Lucie Houghton (2011)
Steven Forrest (2010)
 
 
 
P4C Extension Activity
 
Stimuli 1: DNA Database

Stimuli 2: DNA Database

We would also recommend that you consider looking at the following websites for further information and resources.
A quick guide to P4C is attached below: 
 
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Download this file (CSISchoolsSuspectsData.xls)CSISchoolsSuspectsData.xls 18 Kb
Download this file (CSISchoolsSuspect_DB.doc)CSISchoolsSuspect_DB.doc 58 Kb
Download this file (DSH Guide to P4C.pdf)DSH Guide to P4C.pdf 131 Kb
 
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