Databases in the Content
What is a database?
Program that allows the
management of pieces of information
Program that allows data to be
manipulated easily. Data may be filtered and queried on multiple factors
Allows data to be grouped and
regrouped under various parameters
Facilitates the reporting of
data in a variety of ways.
Facilitate inventory of wide
range of items in the instructional setting
Permit questions to be asked
Allows comparison, contrast
Facilitates drawing inferences,
Manipulates, filters, and
Examples of Databases in the
Create a class database of
exploration. Include the explorer, country of origin, number of ships,
number of men, months at sea, destination and other facts. Each student will
research one explorer. When finished query to discover the country that sent
the most ships, men, spent the longest time at sea.
Visit the web site listed and
gather information about dinosaurs. Create a database of current dino digs
and the data generated by current scientific discoveries.
Create a database to
identify, describe, and classify sea life and underwater habitats.
Collect data each day on the
amount of time spent on various activities. Create a database of the
activities, individuals involved, and amount of time spent in the activity.
Query the database to determine the activity that consumed the most time
daily. Calculate the percent of time spent of the total waking hours. Use
the database to determine patterns of behavior. Do certain activities appeal
to specific groups of people?
Have students decide what
information they want to obtain from each other through an interview. Create
a database of information and have students conduct interviews. Now query
data such as mobility of the class members, age range, etc.
Create a database of web
sites used for gathering research. Rate the sites, list the sponsors,
authors of the sites, date of retrieval. Can inferences be made between
sponsor reputation and reliability?
How will you use a database?
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