Kyoto Trip Planning
The school trip called "Graduation Trip" is a big event for teachers and students in Japan. Since most students go to different high schools, this trip is the last one which the class of the junior high school attend together.
The students showed their enthusiasm for making the trip plan. They used a data-base software called " Kiri Ver. 4" for this activity. The teacher modified the software using some photographs from books and guide books. If the students needed more detailed information, they could used a CD-ROM encyclopedia for their research.
The students made a plan with small details, such as opening times of the museums, temples, and shrines; entrance fees; their holidays; and so on. This activity was done successfully as a group activity.
The students also developed positive attitudes toward using computers.
Discipline, subject : sciences humaines
Public : cycle d'orientation
Sek I, BWK
lower high school
Japan Association for Promotion
of Educational Technology, 6-35-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjyuku-ku
Tel : 03-3269-5231
Fax : 03-3269-5232
Pédagogie, pedagogy : Data-base activity help students' research activity. Since the students can find a great amount of information in a short time, they can concentrate on selecting the important information which can be used for their research. The teacher can also be a learner for this activity.
Apprentissage, learning : The students received much information about Kyoto from the data-base. They had to select some important information, and had to plan their trip using the information. If the plan was well organized, the students could follow their own plan during the trip. Therefore, the students could work for the activity enthusiastically.
Enseignement, teaching : The students can do this data-base activity spontaneously; therefore, the teacher should help the students only when they have problems about computer operations.
Technique : We used a data-base software called "Kiri Ver.4" on PC-9801 computers. We also used a CD-ROM encyclopedia for more detailed information.
Société, society : Since the students made a group for making the trip plan, they worked very cooperatively.
Culture : Kyoto is a city where many Japanese old temples and shrines are located. The students can learn many Japanese cultural issues during this data-base activity.
Institution : We needed to reserve the computer lab for this activity. The teacher modified the data-base using some photographs from books and guide books; therefore, he obtained permissions from the publishers.
Remarques, remarks : It was an enjoyable activity for the students to make a plan for their trip. This enjoyment feeling helps students complete the activity successfully.