Databases Unplugged

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This series of activities is aimed at upper-primary school children and above, and is intended as an introduction to organising and storing data.

Kinaesthetic activities, paper-based and online tasks are used to support teaching of:

*Branching databases

*Fields and records

*Searching including the use of wildcards

​*Structured queries including Boolean operators and Venn diagrams are used to aid understanding

*Range searches using comparison operators

*Sorting Key vocabulary is reinforced in each lesson.

The lessons progress from first principles of databases, moving to the use of online ‘cloud database’ tools, after the fundamentals have been firmly established.

Older children are subsequently introduced to relational databases using online and unplugged approaches. They learn about:

*Data validation

*Lookup tables and keys

*Referential integrity

*Relationship types and models

A short philosophical activity then focuses on the ethics of storing some data in databases using news articles as a stimulus. This is, again, intended for children at the upper-end of primary school.

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