Sep 29 2009

Preview my Council for Economics Education presentation, feedback welcome!

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Council for Economic Education | 2009 Council for Economic Education / NAEE / GATE Annual Conference.

Next week, I will be travelling to Washington, D.C. to the Council for Economics Education Annual Conference on Capitol Hill. In addition to attending the board of advisors meeting for the Global Association of Teachers of Economics, I will be presenting a workshop to Economics educators titles Harnessing the Power of Web 2.0 in the Economics Classroom.

In the spirit of collaborative learning, I thought I’d post the PowerPoint presentation I’ve been working on recently for my workshop here, and solicit feedback while I still have time! I am alloted only 50 minutes for the workshop, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session. So, here is the presentation! Please leave any feedback or advice you may have in the comments!

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

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Preview my Council for Economics Education presentation, feedback welcome!”

  1. Peter Anthonyon 30 Sep 2009 at 5:47 am

    Jason, your presentation looks great. You have provided a comprehensive overview of how Web 2 tools can be used in the economics classroom. My only thought was the slide concerning student blogs versus a class blog and the point that student blogs require more teacher work. The implication might be that teachers are a little lazy by trying to avoid work by using the class blog option. I have gone with the student blogs but I make it clear that I am not the only audience and I encourage students to read their class mates' work. I like the idea that they will write so much more in total and I am trying to get them to use their initiative and blog when they see something in the news. While I used the blogs with psychology for over 5 years I am new to economics so will have to see how it goes.

    Anyway good luck with your presentation, you will undoubtedly inspire teachers to use technology to enhance teaching and learning.

  2. Jason Welkeron 30 Sep 2009 at 6:27 am


    Good point… thanks for the input. The PP is still a work in progress! How are things in Kobe? How's the first year of Econ teaching going?! Thanks again for the feedback…

  3. Andrew McCarthyon 30 Sep 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Jason,

    The presentation is a great summary of what I think is the best form of pedagogy for teaching Economics. Our school has shifted to a 1 – 1 laptop environment, since August and I think blogs/wikis are one of the best tools to extend students up blooms taxonomy ladder. Using the discussion functions of blogs is a good way to improve the evaluation skills of students. Wiki's are a good way of synthesizing information from a wide range of sources. I think many teachers in 1 – 1 laptop schools need to use these higher level ICT tools more often, instead of some of the more 'bling' functionality of movies, podcast, vidcast etc. These still have a place, but are often over emphasised in teacher professional development.

    Nice work on all of the posting lately. I'm struggling to keep up.


  4. david granon 30 Sep 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Jason-

    Looks fantastic. I've tried both individual blogs and a class blog- one clear advantage for my classes has been with a class blog, I've found students are more likely to read and comment on each other's blogs. When I required that with individual blogs, students would comment mostly on their friends, if they bothered to at all.

    I also particularly like 'ning' as a forum for student blogging and posting. Its a pretty versatile alternative to a 'class blog'- as it has all the functions of a blog, with the added abilities of things like pictures and video (which is important for my art students) and forum discussion- which would be great for any class.

  5. Jim Foleyon 01 Oct 2009 at 9:07 am

    Hi Jason,

    Glad to hear you'll be in DC next week, I will too and I'll have to look for your session! I liked your presentation, and your wiki has really helped me as a resource to run my own Econ class. Here's one observation – I usually think of wikis as vehicles for facilitating collaboration toward an end product (a summary, a resource collection, a study guide, etc.) and blogs as vehicles for facilitating a collaboration where the conversation itself is the end product. My thought, then, while reading your slide deck was, "Why forums?" In my mind, a blog post and comments, combined with RSS feeds, seems to make forums redundant. I'm not certain, however, so I'm curious what your take would be.