Monday, March 9, 2009

How Much is One Trillion Dollars?

Through Amy Mayer's blog, UR English Teacher, I found this slideshow that visually demonstrates what one trillion dollars looks like. Some of you may recall that Amy was a guest blogger for me last month when I was on vacation. If you missed her blog post about Animoto, Glogster, and Wordle, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it here.



Applications for Education
I spent about an hour this morning with one of my classes brainstorming ideas for an economic stimulus package. Most of the students were interested in the activity and some were almost too passionate about defending their plan. Still there were some students who struggled to wrap their heads around how much one billion or one trillion dollars really is. The slideshow above would have been good to show to those students.

Here are a couple of related resources that you may have an interest in:
Economics Education Resources from the IMF
FDR and the Banking System