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The Art of Crime Detection

The Art of Crime Detection

"The Art of Crime Detection" is an interactive Web activity consisting of an introductory animation, two crime-solving scenarios, and an open-ended drawing tool. The two scenarios, the Toilet Paper Caper and Pushing Other People's Buttons, provides the student with an understanding of the differences between right brain and left brain processes, an understanding of visual images and vocabulary and their impact in providing descriptions, and understand how people look at the same situation as others but from a different perspective. The student uses the PDArtist, a PDA-type device that guides them through the process of using either side of the brain, or both sides simultaneously. Students can also use the PDArtist alone, as a creative tool for their own scenarios.


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Gary Will
Gary Will (Faculty)
1 year ago
It was interesting a little too basic for most of my college classes but I can see value for some of my students. I would use this on a case by case basis for my students.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Tameka Mills
Tameka Mills (Administrator)
4 years ago

I love the interactive way to teach the lesson. It really helps those that are visual learners. I do not feel that it gave me enough time to take a good look at the characters before I did my sketch. Also when conducting my own sketch, there was limited choices of hair and a few other aspects that I did not feel represented me. Therefore, the sketch of myself was not accurate.

Time spent reviewing site: 35 Minutes
Jay Holden
Jay Holden (Staff)
8 years ago
This simulation is a neat way to teach/learn the difficulty of eye-witness reporting. While it is a bit time consuming, it is a neat experience. Another challenge is that is does not go full screen in this format so it may be harder to use in the classroom in a lecture format. Other than that I think it is something neat to introduce to students.

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no issues here!
Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes
Paul Bowdre
Paul Bowdre (Faculty)
10 years ago
I have used this site and the crime investigation simulation for high school students taking an introductory criminal justice course and middle school students in a CSI camp. I have also directed students enrolled in a criminal investigation course to the site so that they can have fun while learning about the practical application of investigations.
Used in course? Yes
neethu joseph
neethu joseph (Student)
10 years ago
this is a fantastic site!! can learn and develop brain through practise.
Used in course? Yes