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March 25, 2011

Nuclear Energy and the Classroom

By Cindy Ivanac-Lillig

I am a fan of thinkfinity.org and have written about it in other posts. Today, I visited the site and wanted to share it with all of you. They have posted current events on their homepage along with related teaching ideas. I was especially struck by the write-up on nuclear energy and the recommended lesson plans. I thought these could be a great addition to any economics class.

If you have done anything in your secondary or university classroom in regards to the Japanese crisis or on the topic of nuclear energy, please consider sharing it. And if you were planning on teaching about inflation this week, consider changing your plans and talking about energy and economic policy.

Looking forward to your thoughts...

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March 8, 2011

TED Inspiration: Education, State Budgets and Creativity

By Cindy Ivanac-Lillig

In 10 minutes, Bill Gates paints a picture of the important role that state budgets play in our lives and in the future of our country. Here is his recent TED talk:

And now to feed the right side of your brain... After we have reflected on the importance of education funding above, Ken Robinson asks us to give some thought as to what our educational goals should be. He points out how the educational system was created to serve the industrialization age and how it needs to be reimagined for the 21st century if we are to prepare our children for the future. Below you'll find his recent TED talk (about 20 minutes) and an animated version of a similar talk on changing the educational paradigm (11 minutes) -- take your pick as they are both fantastic:

I hope this provided some food for thought -- Let me know what you think.

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