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How to Help Students Understand Databases

November 28th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

Database management might not sound too flashy, but it is projected to be one of the top careers this decade. Thanks to its crucial role in programming and software.

That said, it’s hard to get students excited about it as a future career prospect if they don’t even know what it is.

So if you could use some help in introducing the concept of databases to your CTE students, read on–

Describing Databases to Students

Imagine if schools didn’t use lockers but instead, all of the students just left their stuff in the gym every day.

What would the gym look like?

How long do you think it would take you to find your math book or science binder during passing period?

This lack of organization would be very inefficient, and things would likely get lost.

In short, it would be a mess!

A database is like a bank of lockers in a school hallway.

A locker bank helps students store and organize their belongings just like a database stores and organizes information.

Individual lockers make it easy for students to find their things in a quick and efficient way. They know exactly where their belongings are when they need them.

And some students even organize their individual lockers, with compartmentalized places for books, pens, and notebooks.

Databases use this same idea of compartments within compartments to keep information organized so you can find just what you’re looking for in a matter of seconds.

Helping Students Get Started With Databases

Once students have a solid understanding of what a database is, they’re more likely successfully be able to use one.

There are plenty of ways that students can test their hand at data management.

An easy way to start is with iAdacemy’s course AccessIt!, 2E.

Through the course, students can learn database skills by completing 35 web-based activities with teen-friendly themes.

These interactive activities, teach students to use Microsoft Access in order to create, manipulate, and analyze information from databases.

Since students learn skills in a thoughtful sequence, they will have multiple opportunities to practice and gradually use them together.

No one will argue that understanding and using databases is no easy task, but it’s definitely worth it.

Data management is a rapidly growing field with a shortage of qualified workers.

Taking the first steps to introduce students to databases can open the door to enriching professional opportunities down the road.

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