EDTECH 541-Relative Advantage of Spreadsheets and Databases in Seminary

Among the many great tools on the internet for educators there are Spreadsheets and Databases.  Since the idea of Spreadsheets first originated in 1961 (Power, 2004) this tool have become available on PC’s.  What has recently made Spreadsheet and Databases so powerful has been the online access available through the internet.  Collecting data is enhanced greatly when it’s easier to collect!  By having such easy access, online Spreadsheets and Databases benefit educators and learners.

Using Spreadsheets and Databases have many benefits in all types of classrooms. The Seminary Classroom is located off of school campus and is independent of school resources making Spreadsheets and Databases great tools for collecting information, registering students, and tracking grades outside of the school.  These tools can also be used in a Seminary classroom, namely as calendars, enrollment forms, grade sheets, and integrating rubrics into lesson previews.  Examples of how I will use these resources can be found here.

One of the greatest examples of relative advantage of using Spreadsheets and Databases in the Seminary classroom is in how much time is saved. “Spreadsheets save valuable time by allowing teachers and students to complete essential calculations quickly” (Roblyer & Doering, 2013 p. 122).  Even though calculations are usually done in math classes, Seminary classes still collect data.  A monthly reading count is taken for each class.  While collecting these numbers is simple calculating, time is greatly reduced by using spreadsheets.

Another tool is Databases.  Databases in seminary are great for filling out forms of enrolled students and also for tracking assignments for grading.  Databases may also be used for lessons and activities.  One activity in particular is the March Madness one created as a sample lesson plan.  Students will use an online form to track their points for the activity.  The information is immediately collected and students will be able to compare and see quickly how well their class is doing.  It is because of these great tools that these great activities can be performed which provides every student a greater learning experience overall.

Resources

Power, D. J., “A Brief History of Spreadsheets”, DSSResources.COM, World Wide Web,http://dssresources.com/history/sshistory.html, version 3.6, 08/30/2004.

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating education technology into teaching. (6th ed., p 122). Pearson. 

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