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  Feature Name: Data Query (The Galapagos Finches)
Author: Vic Sampson

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed): Data Visualizations, Inquiry Tools: Guided inquiry, Support for Problem solving

Subject: Life sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

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Software URL: Data Query

Created by: Iris Tabak

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This Feature is connected to (8) Principles
  • Provide students with templates to help reasoning
  • Visual representation of data collected by students
  • Provide knowledge representation and organization tools
  • Scaffold the process of generating explanations
  • Reduce visual complexity to help learners recognize salient information
  • Encourage reflection
  • Establish a generalized inquiry process
  • Model scientific thinking
    Feature in Visual Map
    Data Query is a tool used by students to generate and analyze mutliple sources of data in a way that reduces the complexity of the problem so that learners can focus on salient information. When using the Data Query tool, learners make requests for specific kinds of data through a question-based interface. This interface requires students to select a question type and a question stem to construct a complete question. Questions types represent comparison categories and question stems represent vaiable categories based on an investigative model of natural selection. Using this tool enables learners to make systemic comparisons of aggregate data in a way that models scientific thinking.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    This tool is designed to enable students to generate and observe data in a way that draws their attention to questions and comparisions which are considered important within a domain.
    Context of Use:
    Data Query is one of three tools embedded within the The Galapagos Finches learning environment which can be used by teachers to help students develop a better conceptual understanding of ecology and evolution.

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