Econ Ed Link hosts hundreds of lesson plans and interactive games for teaching students about a wide range of topics in economics. Teachers can search the lesson plan index by grade level, concept, standard, or length of lesson (one class period vs. multiple class periods). Most of the lessons attempt to provide "real world" context.
The interactive section of Econ Ed Link offers four pages of videos and games. The videos and games can be used as stand-alone activities or as part of lesson plan. I tested out the interactive game on developing good credit habits. Developing Good Credit Habits is a game appropriate for middle school and high school students. Students earn money by correctly answering questions about credit scores, interest rates, and spending practices. The purpose of the game is to purchase items and pay expenses without damaging your credit score.
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Econ Ed Link offers lesson plans appropriate for all K-12 students. Many of the lessons are designed for use not only in the classroom but in the home as well. The parent section of Econ Ed Link offers good material that you can send home with your students to get parents involved in students' learning about personal economics.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Here's how Gmail+1 works. Let's say there's a new service that I want my students to use but my students don't have email addresses that they can use to register for that service. In that case I can quickly generate Gmail addresses for my students by using the Gmail+1 strategy.
Here's how the Gmail+1 hack works:
1. Create a new Gmail account just for your class. Example firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Issue email addresses to students as follows email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Gmail overrides the "1" and "2" at the end of the mrbyrnesclass and sends all emails to the inbox at email@example.com however almost all other services that require an email for registration will recognize firstname.lastname@example.org as distinct from email@example.com
4. Students can use the "+1" emails to register for services, but I get to see all of the emails coming and going.
5. Because of #4 above I may have to confirm all of my students' registrations on a new service.
1. This hack doesn't work on every service so your mileage may vary.
2. Don't give students the password to the class email address (in the example above I would not give students the password to firstname.lastname@example.org) because if they have it they could all send and receive email from the account. The passwords that they choose on the services that they register for should all be unique and they should not share them with each other.