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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two Cool Economics Infographics

Cool Infographics is quickly becoming one of my favorite resources for interesting visual depictions of statistics. Today on Cool Infographics there are two infographics that could be useful for teachers of economics. The first of the two is Follow the Money. Follow the Money is a video that summarizes the data collected on Where's George? Where's George? is a website that was established for the purpose of tracking the travels of one dollar bills. Watch the video below.


The second cool economics infographic featured today on Cool Infographics is China Widens Its Reach. China Widens Its Reach is an interactive infographic produced by Forbes. The purpose of the infographic is to allow visitors to view the investments China has made in other countries. Click on any transaction in the infographic to view the details of each investment. (The image below is a screen capture of the infographic, clicking it will take you to the real infographic on Forbes.com)















Applications for Education
The title Follow the Money implies that the video follows one dollar bills around the country, but the video actually gets into a much deeper analysis of the data gathered by Where's George? The video explores what the "travels" of one dollar bills represent in terms of cultural boundaries.

China Widens Its Reach could be a good resource for a global economics class. You could have each student in your class study a different transaction and try to explain why China made that particular investment.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
Saving Money in Plain English
A Pictorial History of Money

Glogster EDU Resource Library

Glogster has just announced some new services for users of Glogster EDU. Among the services available to users of the free platform are new categories for Glogs that should make it easier to search for examples of academic uses of Glogster. Glogster has also launched a forum for teachers to share ideas and best practices for using Glogster in their classrooms. Glogster is calling the forum GLab.

Glogster has also released a PDF guide for educators interested in using Glogster in their classrooms. The Glogster Educator Resource Library is a free 29 page PDF containing lesson plans and examples of Glogster used in classrooms. The lesson plans come with scoring rubrics are are aligned to national standards. The Glogster Educator Resource Library also contains links to additional sites offering media that can be use in Glogs.

Learn more about Glogster EDU in these posts.
The New Glogster EDU is Live
Just in Time for School - Glogster EDU
Glogster Announces Changes to EDU Accounts

Educaedu - A Search Engine for Degree Programs

Picking a college can be a difficult process for students entering college for the first time as well as for students returning to school to further their educations. Educaedu aims to help students with that process. Educaedu is essentially a search engine for degree programs. To use Educaedu select the geographic area in which you would like to study. Then select the type of program you are searching for. Educaedu will then generate a list of schools offering your desired degree program. You can refine your search to find certificate programs, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and masters degrees.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Unigo - College Reviews and Advice from Students
College Cruch - Resources for College and Career Planning
My College Calendar Helps Students Organize College Applications

ProProfs adds Useful Tracking Information

ProProfs is a free online quiz and flashcard service that I've mentioned a couple of times in the past (here and here). Recently, ProProfs launched ProProfs Quiz School. The Quiz School retains all of the features of ProProfs Quiz Maker and offers some additional free features that teachers should find useful.

The ProProfs Quiz School gives quiz creators a digital report card that is tracked and stored online. The digital report card tracks information about the number of times a quiz is attempted and tracks the results of the quizzes. The Quiz School also allows quiz creators to control which users can access a quiz and place a limit on how many times a quiz can be taken. Finally, quizzes created through the ProProfs Quiz School allow quiz takers to get instant feedback on their answers.

Applications for Education
ProProfs Quiz School could be a good option for creating and posting quizzes online for your students. The quizzes offer instant feedback to your students and valuable feedback to you as well. The digital report card allows you to track trending data about your quiz takers. I might consider giving a quiz to students at the beginning of unit of study and then giving that same quiz at the end of the unit to track how much my students improved.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Obsurvey - Create Custom Surveys
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards
35+ Educational Games and Games Resources

Tal.ki - Quickly Add a Forum to Your Blog

Earlier this week I presented Lefora as a free alternative to Ning for creating your own social network. Lefora allows anyone to create a free message board forum complete with social networking profiles. Yesterday, the folks behind Lefora launched Tal.ki. Tal.ki allows you to create a discussion forum and embed it into your blog or website in seconds.

To add a discussion forum to your blog or website simply go to Tal.ki, copy the embed code and paste it into the code of your blog or website. You do not have to create an account to use Tal.ki nor do visitors to your embedded forum have to create a Tal.ki account. Users of Tal.ki login using their Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Twitter accounts.

Applications for Education
Tal.ki provides a great way to add a discussion forum to your classroom blog or website. Use Tal.ki to provide your students with a place to ask you questions. Or use Tal.ki as a place for students to ask each other homework help questions, essentially turning your forum into a student-run homework help center.

If you're using Blogger to host your classroom blog, the easiest way to embed a forum is to add a new page and embed the Tal.ki code into that page. That way your forum stands alone as an element of your blog.

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