Friday, November 6, 2009

Interactive Flash Animation for AP Macroeconomics

Summary: An excellent interactive graph for aggregate demand and aggregate supply.

Research on learning shows that feedback, or knowledge of results, should be immediate to maximize learning. What a better way to give immediate knowledge of results than to use flash animation. ThinkEconomics has made an interactive lesson for the AD/AS model. The link is here.

ThinkEconomics also has interactives for Supply and Demand, LRATC, Profit Maximization, and policy tools.

Students learn by doing. In other words, using "hands-on" activities. If you are a member of the Successful Practices Network and a Bill Daggett fan, these activities fall into Quadrant D. Quad D means that both high level thinking skills and real-life relevance are embedded in the lesson.

What other sites use Flash animation and interactives to teach? I am beginning to believe that textbooks are becoming a secondary resource.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. Recently, his lesson on Okun's Law was posted on EconEdLink.


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