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How to Make an Airtable Base

Want to know how to make an Airtable base? I’m going to answer all of your questions about making an Airtable base in this blog post. Looking for a detailed how-to guide on how to use Airtable in your classroom? I’ve got you! I love to use technology in my classroom, but I know that it can be hard to learn something new. So come along on this journey, while I show you step by step directions on how to use Airtable in your special education or general education classroom! Whether you are a new teacher looking for tips, or a veteran teacher who wants to try something new – I’ve tested the strategies and found the shortcuts so you know how to easily use Airtable. Let’s go!

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Make an Airtable Base

Airtable bases are called things like ‘workbooks’ in other programs. A base is basically your spreadsheet. I have dozens of bases, each with a different topic (data, library, product listings, vacation packing list, etc.) For the purposes of this blog post, I’m going to talk specifically about my data collection base. But, if you want to take a peak at those other options – click here and scroll down to the ‘create a base’ section!

Here’s a quick glance at my data collection base. Don’t worry, you’ll get an up close and personal look at it if you watch the video below!

How to Make an Airtable Base

  • Click on the blue ‘create a base’ button on the left side of your screen
  • Decide where you want the base to live
  • Rename it
  • Make changes to your fields – remember, you can always change this later if you need more

Video on How to Make an Airtable Base

I know, it’s way easier to watch a video on making an Airtable base than it is to read the directions. So, if watching videos is your jam – hit that video above!

FAQ’s about Airtable Bases

  • What is an Airtable base?
    • It’s just a fancy way of saying ‘workbook’ in Excel.
  • How many bases can I have?
    • Unlimited! (Yes, even on the free account!)
  • What is the difference between a workspace, a base, and a table?
    • A workspace is like a folder for your bases. Your bases hold your tables. Let me give you an example: I have a workspace for “personal”, “school”, and “business”. In each of those workspaces, I have several bases. In my personal folder, I have a base for “holidays”, “addresses”, and “nail polish dips”. Each of those bases has several tables – in the ‘address’ table, I have one page just for family addresses, one for coworker addresses, and one for friend addresses.
    • Think of your Airtable account as a bookshelf. Your workspaces are individual shelves on your bookshelf, and your bases are binders. Each of your tables are a different section of your binder!

Airtable Base- Next Steps:

Now it’s your turn! Have you done the following?

  • Create a workspace
  • Name a base
  • Set up your base

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