Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Web 2.0 Tool for AP Economics: Welker's Wikinomics

Summary: Mr. Jason Welker's blog is profiled as a Web 2.0 tool for your AP Economics course.

Mr. Welker maintains an award-winning blog for teachers of AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics.  The homepage is here

Welker's Wikinomics contains lecture notes, a forum for debate, blog entries, and links to research.  If you are looking for fantastic study guides, Mr. Welker has every topic available for download here.  He will be presenting a workshop on using Web 2.0 tools in the economics classroom at the GATE Annual Conference next week. 

Please visit his site and take some time to see all of the resources available.  You will find PowerPoint presentations, Smart Board lesson plans, intelligent blogs (some of his blogs are co-authored with Steven Latter and Joe Hauet) and tips on how to teach difficult topics.  I have used his help desk for questions I have had on using technology in the classroom.

I have found that working with other professionals to share best practices enhances both my and my students' human capital.  Perhaps a better term is collaborative learning.

No matter what we call it, sharing information and teaching tips helps prepare our students for college.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an EconEdLink.org author, and blogs at Mikeroeconomics.  Mr. Fladlien believes that micro loans will raise GDP in developing countries.


Jason Welker said...

Hey Mike! Thanks for the plug! I look forward to meeting you next week in Washington! By the way, you're doing a great job with this new blog! I'm following it regularly now. Take care! - Jason

Mike Fladlien said...

Jason, I can't wait to meet you too. You have done so much to advance economics.

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