Jun 24 2011
It has been quite some time since I have posted regularly to this blog, but that has been for good a reason. Over the last 15 months I have been working hard on two major projects, one IB Economics textbook and one AP Macroeconomics textbook. Both books will be published at the end of the summer and ready for students and teachers to use during the new school year.
With these exciting and exhausting projects now coming to an end, I have begun to turn my attention once again to this blog and the other online resources that presented me with the amazing opportunities to write two textbooks in the last year. You will notice right away that this blog, and my home page, have a new look to them. This is my attempt to improve this site’s “brand” and bring the design into the new decade!
In addition to re-designing the blog and the homepage, I have also begun to re-design the very popular Lecture Note / Study Guide sets that so many students and teachers have ordered over the last couple of years. The IB Economists out there will know that starting this fall, the IB will launch its new curriculum for the incoming 11th graders, who will sit for the new IB Economics exam for the first time in May of 2013. The text I am just finishing up, Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma, is written specifically based on the new IB syllabus. With its launch, of course, my old lecture notes and study guides will be out of date, so my next project is to bring those popular resources up to speed with the new IB curriculum. The new bundle will include 24 separate PowerPoint Lecture Notes (also available in pdf format for students). I expect these resources to be ready by September or early October, so please stay tuned. Below is a preview of the new slide designs, from Unit 1.1 “Introduction to Economics”.
In addition to a new website design, updated PowerPoint Lecture Note / Study Guides, and two textbooks coming out, I have also recently created a new Facebook profile specifically for readers of Welker’s Wikinomics. If you’re like me, you probably get most of the important information in your life off of either Facebook or Twitter these days, and you can’t be bothered to go to some dude’s blog every day to see what he’s writing about. Now you follow Economics in Plain English through either Facebook, Twitter, or RSS. In addition to the weekly posts on the blog, I will also post many other articles and links to the Facebook page as I stumble upon them in my own online activity. Please friend Welker’s Wikinomics on Facebook, and if you’re not already, consider following me on Twitter too (jasonwelker).
In the mean time, enjoy your summer! I am looking forward to meeting my own group of new IB and AP Econ students in the fall, and also anyone else who happens upon the blog during the upcoming semester!
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