Sep 23 2007

Introducing the SAS Economists Blog

Published by at 11:02 pm under AP Economics,IB Economics

SAS Economists – A blog written by AP and IB Econ students at Shanghai American School

It dawned on me this weekend that my students have a LOT to say about economics and how it relates to our world. The Wiki has been a great platform for extending their study of the principles of economics onto a collaborative online learning platform, as over 75 AP students have collaborated on a course study guide.

Part of the wiki experience has included regular posts by students to unit pages called “AP Econ in the News”, where they post a link to an article relating to the current unit’s topics and include a short summary. I have decided to take this concept to one more level and create for the students a blog where they can post their articles, summaries and a short discussion and/or questions to get their class mates to think more about how our subject relates to our everyday lives and the world around us.

So I created a blog just for SAS Economics students, both AP and IB, where they can register as authors and post articles whenever they feel inspired to do so. The blog is called “SAS Economists” and it is found at http://welkerswikinomics.com/students.

Any SAS Economics student, AP or IB, can register at this blog and is automatically made an author. Writing for the blog is easy, and a keen student should be able to figure it out in less than five minutes. I would ask that once in a while, if you find an article (perhaps for the AP Econ in the News page), you consider posting it to the blog as well as the wiki. You don’t need to write much to go with the link to the article, just a few words of how it relates to our class and maybe some questions or observations for readers to think about and comment on.

Anyway, I thought I might as well make a student blog, since we already have the student wiki and the teacher blog! So, follow the link above, bookmark it, and check back regularly to see what your classmates are writing about! And become an author yourself! Anyone can do it! Welcome to the blogosphere folks, have fun!

-Mr. W.

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About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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