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2.2.7 Database

The Database activity allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text amongst other things. You may be familiar with similar technology from building Microsoft Access or Filemaker databases. One useful way to use activity in a classroom would be to use it as a student portfolio area, where students could share their work.

To create a Database activity, choose “Database” from the “Add an Activity” drop-down menu. The following screen will appear:

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Here, you can give the database a name, a bit of introduction text, and set the available & view dates. You can also choose how many entries are required for the users to complete this activity, and how many entries are required before the users can view the rest of the entries. You can also set a maximum number of entries each user can submit, and whether or not each student can comment on other entries. If you require approval, the user’s entry will not be visible to other users until you have approved it. You can also rate the posts, and set the format for the grading.

When you’ve finished configuring your database settings, press the “Save Changes” button. At this point, you will see the following screen appear:

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At this point, you can use the drop down menu labeled “Create a new field” to begin creating fields for your database.

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