Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Summary: Dick Brunell and Steven Reff have flash animations imbedded in the online textbook to complement AP Economic instruction.

Where do you get online instruction that complements yours?  Try Reffonomics.  For years I have used this site to enhance my instruction.  You can use this site as a resource for students who have been absent or as a study aid for the AP Exam.  One year, I had a student seriously injured in a car collision and was physically confined to a bed and later a wheelchair.  This student found all of the help she needed on this site.  Her tutor recorded the results of her quizzes and helped her manipulate the interactive graphs.

Some of my students used this site as a substitute for a textbook preferring to carry less in their backpack. 

The site is written in a user-friendly tone and often contains subtle humor in the questions.  In the past, the authors have made available a final exam that I found greatly improved the performance of my students on the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics exams. 

When you visit the website, be sure to sign the guestbook!

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author and blogs at Mikeroeconomics.  As a utility maximizer, he takes every opportunity to seek pleasure and avoid pain.  Mr. Fladlien will be presenting at the GATE annual Conference on October 8, 2009. 


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