Dec 13 2007

Another year of econobloggin and wikinomics comes to an end!

Published by at 1:51 pm under AP Economics

As 2007 comes to a close, AP Econ students all over the world sit for their semester exams, teachers pour over papers in a mad rush to finish all their marking before the holiday break begins, and we in AP Economics at SAS begin to shift our focus from microeconomics to macroeconomics. Well, not so fast, we do have ONE more unit in Micro to cover.

As a re-cap on where we’ve come this year. Below are links to all the work our students here have done on their EduBlog Award winning wiki, “Welker’s Wikinomics”. Since school started in August, we’ve covered three of our four main units from Micro, including:

After the break, we’ll come back and spend about two weeks wrapping up micro. This is when we get to cover one of my personal favorite units, in which we study the environmental impacts of our economic system and learn about the possible solutions governments and societies face for minimizing the “spillover costs” of production. These and other topics will be learned in Unit 4: Market Failure and the Role of Government.

By the end of January we’ll begin our sixteen week adventure in macroeconomics. The unit outlines completed by last year’s AP students are still up to view on the wiki. Around mid-January, I will erase all the work done by last year’s students, in preparation for this year’s, who will begin working on our macro wiki and make it even bigger and better than the pages below! Here’s the units we’ll cover in macro:

As for myself, I’m off for three weeks to the snowy slopes of the Pacific Northwest! A week in British Columbia’s Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains followed by two weeks at my own ski cabin in Sandpoint, Idaho. I don’t predict I’ll be doing much blogging or wikiing over the next three weeks, so this will probably be my last post until January. Please check back around January 9th for the next round of blog posts: the topic? Market failure and environmental economics, of course!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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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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