Showing posts with label Wall Street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wall Street. Show all posts

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Timeline JS Timeline of Wall Street

Timeline JS is one of my favorite tools for social studies teachers and students. It's one of six excellent storytelling tools produced by Knight Lab at Northwestern University. Timeline JS lets anyone create a multimedia timeline by entering data into a Google Sheets template. It's used by teachers, by students, and by media companies like CNN, Time, and WGBH. In fact, WGBH used it to produce this history of Wall Street timeline.

The History of Wall Street is a concise timeline of the origin of Wall Street and its role in American banking and politics. By scrolling through the timeline students will pick up little bits of information that may help them connect the past to the present. For example, a point on the timeline features Charles Dow's development of what is now known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The History of Wall Street timeline was developed as a supplement to the American Experience film The Bombing of Wall Street. The film is about the 1920 bombing in front the Morgan Bank.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FDR and The Banking System

Some of the problems on Wall Street have been compared to the banking problems of the 1930's. These comparisons can provide history teachers with an opportunity to discuss the actions of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. One of the most public actions of FDR was to broadcast "fireside chats." There are a number of places on the Internet where you can find audio recordings of FDR's first fireside chat regarding the banking system. Two of these places are the American Presidency Project and American Rhetoric.

This video from YouTube also contains the audio of FDR's first fireside chat as well as a collection of images related to the Great Depression.


On a lighter note, if all of the news regarding the financial markets is stressing you out, perhaps you might want to watch It's A Wonderful Life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wall Street Woes Explained by CNN Student News

The many problems on Wall Street have students and adults wondering how these problems started and where the markets are heading. CNN Student News has some good explanations of the current state of affairs on Wall Street. The explanations are designed for high school students, but they are informative for anyone trying to get a handle on the Wall Street situation. The video is embedded below. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader you may need to click on the blog post title to see the video).

Applications for Education
This video and CNN Student News in general are good resources for teachers incorporating current events into their curriculum. This video is especially relevant for economics students and business students.