I took some time this past weekend to do a little reading – something that’s hard to find the time to do these days. I read for pleasure, of course, but also for the two classes I am taking this semester.
I’ve purchased a new gadget this year to facilitate some of this reading. I bought a tablet, so I can download, read and study whenever or wherever I want. I’ve found it to be just about the greatest thing since sliced bread (pun intended for those of you with a Macbook).
I think we’re all looking for some way to get the information we need easier and faster. As an educator, where do you find your lesson plans? Are they in hard copy in your office or at your desk? Would it be easier if lesson plans were in a small, lightweight and portable format that you can take anywhere, and access at the tap of your finger?
Virtual Economics 4.0 fills that bill. VE 4.0 was developed by the national Council for Economic Education and provides a virtual library of K-12 lesson plans searchable by economic concept, grade band, subject, or state or national standard. Training on VE 4.0 will be offered to Illinois teachers through January 31, 2012.
However, K-12 teachers in the DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston districts can obtain this easy-to-use resource by attending Super Saturday on December 3. This free workshop provides training on VE 4.0, with participants receiving a free copy. Additional sessions include the newly revised Financial Fitness for Life curriculum and The Stock Market Game™. Both resources help teach math, business and economics while focusing on the importance of long-term investing. Combine these resources with VE 4.0, and participating teachers will have lesson plans to incorporate the teaching of economics into any curriculum area and grade level. Click here for information on Super Saturday.
So much for keeping up on the use of technology to help you teach economics! Now if someone could just come up with a better toaster!
Written by Jodi Long