• What is database?


    The basic electronic information storage unit.

    A database is a collection of information organized to provide efficient retrieval. The collected information could be in any number of formats (electronic, printed, graphic, audio, statistical, combinations). There are physical (paper/print) and electronic databases.

    da·ta·base   pronounced  ˈdatəˌbās,ˈdā-/

    noun: database;

    plural: databases

    a structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in various ways.           

      Images of a Rollodex, sample census data, page from personal address book and page from a residential phone book

    A database could be as simple as an alphabetical arrangement of names in an address book or as complex as a database that provides information in a combination of formats.


    • phone book

    • address book

    • Census Bureau data


    You use databases every day and don't even know it! Can you think of some examples of everyday databases you access?


    In this unit we will learn Basic Database Concepts   and collect data to create our own database. Today We will be using Google Forms to create a form/survey, to gather our data for our database.

    Your results will be automatically generated into a Google Spreadsheet!

    Activity 1:
    Instructions for creating your form

    Activity 2:
    Instructions for Exporting your spreadsheet DATA into a Google DATABASE using Obvibase.




    What's a query? A query is a way to get specific information from the database. Essentially, it's a question. 


    Computer with Data Explorer Software


    Test scores from a recent test have been compiled from 3 classes and the data is given to the students for their analysis. In the computer lab the students will use Data Explorer to input the data and display as 3 stacked box plots. Students will analyze the data and write a paragraph of their analysis.