Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Economics Lessons Using Planet Money Podcasts

Planet Money is a production of NPR covering the global economy. One of the services Planet Money offers is regular podcasts containing news and lessons about the economy. Patrick Black recently emailed me to share a link about Planet Money's podcasts being used in a high school economics class.

Economics teacher Heather Hanemann has developed lesson plans using Planet Money podcasts. Two of the lessons are about banks and bank regulators. The other lessons "Everyday Economics" provides listening comprehension worksheets to use with a half dozen Planet Money podcasts.

Applications for Education
In my Civics class I recently wrapped-up a unit on banking in the United States. Ms. Hanemann's lessons using the Planet Money podcasts would have made a nice addition to the resources that I used. The resources that I used included Investing Money in Plain English and Understanding the Financial Crisis.