The objective of databases is to organize and store information in an efficient way to
locate particular items. As educators we are constantly obtaining information about our
students. Thereby, databases serve as electronic files that are easily accessible than
original paper files. The benefits of databases is that they provide a large amount of data
to be organized, locate items of information, and allow data to be analyzed,
Being a second year teacher, I was overwhelmed with the variety of resources. Creating
an inventory of the resources; corresponding by our objectives and TEKS has been a
productive strategy. This database includes titles, page numbers, online resources,
manipulatives, and descriptions of the instructional resource by objective. The purpose
of this database is locating material that is suitable to meet different levels of learning.
Most importantly, forms of assessments are located on this file that also corresponds.
Rather than searching through the file cabinets and shelves for resources at the last
moment. The database has been effective since the amount of information increases, the
need to learn how be organized is a necessity for educators. Before creating these files, I
was shuffling through books and online to find the appropriate resources. This method
was time consuming and stressful. For being a new teacher, striving to find one resource
that is effective is difficult especially when there are more than four or five sources.
Establishing parent communication is imperative for being an educator. I have
researched that databases are more efficient in merging information to word processing
documents. Within this year I have sent numerous letters, however, I have come across
sending letters to particular students. With this feature in merging files the letters pertain
to certain students and become personalized, thereby, establishing an effective reaction.
Databases in the classroom are a benefit for the students. M.D. Roblyer states databases
are useful to teach research, organization, and study skills. Furthermore, databases are
useful to pose and test hypotheses by demonstrating questions to increase problem
solving skills. Most importantly, research is now obtained electronically the need for
students to effectively and efficiently obtain this information is imperative. Therefore,
databases can serve as “practice in using standard searching procedures to locate
information in databases” (Roblyer, 2003).
The tool of databases is a fundamental organizational source that provides benefits for
educators and teachers. Databases can be individualized to meet the needs of the user.
The array of options provides an inviting environment to experiment the positive
attributes of databases.
Agreeing that implementing databases into the curriculum is difficult; I strongly believe
that if our students were able to electronically turn in papers they would be motivated to
learn. From an educators point of view it is effective to reduce the amount of paper
work. Inviting the youth into a virtual environment
I utilize Excel to input my students’ information, previous TAKS scores, and schedule.
To be honest it takes time to input this information but it is worth the long hours. Despite
folders or binders; it is just the matter of clicking to obtain the needed information about
our students. Most importantly, to locate students in their classes has been beneficial on
my behalf when we schedule parent meetings. Recently, I had to compress a list of
students who would be attending tutorial services. With the matter of selecting the
desired cell of the pertaining student, I was easily able to filter the tutorial students into a
worksheet by creating a roster.