Monday, November 2, 2009

iPod App for AP Microeconomics

Summary: An economics review for iPods and iPhones. Naked self-promotion.

This app is available for download on iTunes. I intended this to aid students in preparing for tests in microeconomics. It's a comprehensive review of 80% of the concepts covered in a micro class.

I believe that students today want to learn using today's technology. Today's technology is iPods, Smart Boards, audience response systems, flash animation and more. When I developed this app, I developed it for the on-the-go student who values appearance too. The student I envisioned was one who had a challenging schedule and one or more after school activities. They will carry an iPod with them, but not a five pound textbook. The student I envisioned was one who studied in "micro sessions" of 10 or 15 minutes. The touch was a natural tool for these students.

When testing the beta version of this app, I found myself asking many questions about the theory, the content, and the philosophy of the question. If the app does anything, it will generate class discussion.

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. When he reads the Sunday newspaper, he reads the comics first.


Jason Welker said...

Hey Mike, I'm heading to the App store right now to get it! I'll write a post on it tonight as well, and put a link from my blog! Congrats!

Mrs. Halfen said...

Hey Mike, I'm gonna get it!! I will post a link on my class webpage to send the kids to ya!

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