How does Murder at Old Fields support state, Common Core, and NGSS standards?

When investigating Murder at Old Fields, students learn and then apply science and math as they ask questions, collect and analyze data, research information, develop models, collaborate with others, engage in argument from evidence and ultimately draw conclusions.

Murder at Old Fields students use the latest in web-based technology, to critically analyze information and to document and communicate their results.

Murder at Old Fields promotes literacy through reading, writing and communication skills via student engagement with primary historical documents. Lessons that can be enabled by the teacher, prompt students to compose written reports using logical arguments based on substantive claims backed by evidence.

Click the links below to see how Murder at Old Fields will help your students to achieve learning standards:

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How much does it cost?

The cost for the online version of Murder at Old Fields is $7.95 per student account - purchased in blocks of ten (10). Student accounts can only be used once, but will last forever until they are used. Teacher accounts are free.

The real-world kit cost $659.09 with refills starting at $199.00. Kits and refills can be purchased from Ward's Natural Science.

You do not need to buy the real-world kit in order to use the online activity.

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Do I have to buy both the real-world kit and the online activity to use Murder at Old Fields ?

No - both the real-world kit and the online activity are designed to work independently, but many teachers elect to incorporate both into their teaching because it then offers an engaging mix of activities that can be undertaken in the school lab, school classroom and on computers at school or at home.

For example, a teacher may conduct the Hair Analysis lesson in their school lab using the real-world kit, and then assign the Murder at Old Fields online Hair Analysis lab for homework.

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How do I pay for it?

Murder at Old Fields can be purchased online using a credit card or purchase order

When purchasing with a credit card, your new student accounts immediately get added to your teacher account.

When using a purchase order, if you are a new customer, your puchase order must first be verified with the school accounting personnel you provide during the checkout process before the student accounts are added to your teacher account. We will then add the student accounts, notify you and invoice your school using the PO#.

If you an existing customer, please allow 24 hours after we receive your puchase order for the new student accounts to be added to your teacher account. We will then notify you of the addition of the new student accounts and then invoice your school using the PO#.

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Does it work on an iPad?

Yes (iOS 6.x and newer).

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Does any special software needed to be loaded onto the user's computer?

No - Murder at Old Fields is delivered through your web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. Murder at Old Fields works best with the latest version of these browsers, but should work well with any relatively new version. If your computer has an older version of one of these browsers, you will be prompted to upgrade to a newer one. If you need to, the browser upgrade is quick, free and painless.

See our browser support page to learn more.

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Is there an expiration date on accounts?

Teacher accounts are forever free. Student accounts do not expire until a student is assigned to it and uses it. Once used, a student account cannot be re-used.

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How long does it take to use Murder at Old Fields ?

Murder at Old Fields is designed for optimal class schedule flexibility. It can accommodate Forensic Science classes taught as a semester-long course, a week-long science camp, a culminating activity, or a unit within a biology or chemistry block.

This flexibility is possible because the seven (7) Lessons in Murder at Old Fields can be enabled or disabled by the teacher depending on how much time he/she has for the Forensic Science time period.

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I am a homeschooler - can I use Murder at Old Fields ?

Murder at Old Fields is well-suited for home-school teaching because the teacher does not have to be an expert in Forensic Science to use it - it is entirely self-contained. It includes the story of the crime, the crime scene , the lessons, auto-graded quizzes, auto-graded labs and an engaging "learn at your own pace" easy-to-use interface.

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What is the appropriate grade levels for Murder at Old Fields ?

Murder at Old Fields is suitable for students starting in Grade 7 up through freshman year in college.

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Does Murder at Old Fields teach to National Science Standards?

Yes - specifically that the:

  • Learner engages in scientifically oriented questions
  • Learner gives priority to evidence
  • Learner formulates explanations from evidence
  • Learner connects explanations to scientific knowledge
  • Learner communicates and justifies explanations
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Can Murder at Old Fields be used to train law enforcement personnel?

Yes - Murder at Old Fields is a helpful introduction to the scientific method, and the basics of how to use Forensic Science to solve a crime.

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How do students get started?

After buying student accounts, teachers can assign one of these accounts to each of his/her students. By assigning this student account, the function auto-generates a username and an initial password for that student account.

The teacher then accesses these initial passwords for the student-assigned accounts via the "Class Management" section of the teacher account, and distributes them to the students.

Students then login at http://murderatoldfields.com/site/login using their username and the initial password that the teacher has given them.

At this initial log-in, the student will be first prompted to set up their own personalized password.

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Why isn't Murder at Old Fields free?

You may have noticed that there are no advertisements anywhere on the screen for the online activity, and none in the booklet or on physical items in the real-world kit.

This has been done intentionally in order to preserve Murder at Old Fields as a clean and uncluttered educational experience for the students.

Also be assured that the privacy of the teacher and student information is securely protected and this information will never be sold/to or shared/with any other person or organization.

The continued maintenance and development of Murder at Old Fields and future cases in the Historic Murder Forensic Science Lab Activities is funded solely through the sale of student accounts.

It was developed by a small group of educators and programmers, creating groundbreaking innovation in the new world of online digital education.

If you want to offer a cutting-edge science educational experience to your students, which makes it easy for you and fun and challenging for your students, and helps you to meet the federal and state standards for science education, Murder at Old Fields delivers that experience - as it is currently doing for teachers and students across the US and the world.

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