October 30, 2009
Two interesting on-line econ assignments....
By Cindy Ivanac-Lillig
I have come across two resources today that I thought were worth sharing. They are interesting just from a personal enrichment standpoint, but I think that they could also provide good fodder for educators searching for new assignments.
The first is a YouTube video from the Cleveland Fed that explains what their Median Consumer Price Index (CPI) is and how it differs from the Bureau of Labor's CPI indicator. The video shows a series of sketches designed to visually present the concepts that underlie the Median CPI. Besides being an interesting way to learn about the Median CPI, this could also serve as a springboard for a class assignment or a contest. You can show it to your class (or find a similar lesson on YouTube that is slightly easier if it is a younger class) and ask groups to create a 5 minute YouTube video explaining an economic concept. This type of YouTube contest could be a lot of fun! You can even ask folks from the community to judge the videos. There are endless directions that you could go with this assignment.
The second resource is Economix's Econoquiz. It is a weekly quiz of economic information spanning historical to current events. It seems that they post it on Friday morning and provide the answers that same night. It is a lot of fun as well and would be a great assignment for advanced economics students. Heck, it is a lot of fun for most of us; you may want to bookmark it here.
Please feel free to post any on-line assignment ideas you have come across and I will begin to highlight some resources from past blogs and commentaries on the site in a more permanent fashion.
Posted by Cindy at October 30, 2009 9:59 PM
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Thank you Cindy. Both references are helpful and good additions to the curriculum. I had missed both and glad you posted them.
Posted by: Julia M. Chismar at November 3, 2009 10:04 PM
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