This is a great teacher resources. This Activity Book is aimed at year 11 students undertaking economics units 1 and 2 but I feel that a teacher who needs broaden their knowledge in economics would find this useful. It discusses both Australian and international economies so activities provided can be appropriated to the younger years. I feel that activities such as “Check your understanding” will be perfect for primary.
Johnson, P., Hunter, L. (2012) “Consumer Stuff for Kids!”. Keysborough: Ability Press
Haley Turner's insight:
This book contains resources that support VELS level 4, Humanities and Economics. Each activity is aimed to make students think about the value or money and encourage them to make good choices for their future. The resources include take home activities that are follow up activities from those done in class.
Opportunity Cost is a fold out game that incorporates basic numeracy skills, collaboration and choice making. Each student starts with $100 and deduct costs as they make purchase choices. The aim of the game is for students to learn the value of items and realise the consequences from purchasing higher priced items. They start with $100 worth of opportunity so students can decide how they want to use it and how far they can get.
Too often, schools bring only tepid energy to the blending of traditional and online learning, Charles Mojkowski says.
Haley Turner's insight:
This article talks about the power of technology in classrooms. It discusses the idea that “technology is not technology” it is more how it is used by an individual that gives it value. Technology is best used when students use it to add to something rather than take away the whole idea, it is about the partnership between the two.
I think that the use of ICT in History is a great stimulus. Adding another dimension through the use of iPads is a great way to get students interested and interacting. The application “Timeline World War” is narrated by a historian named Dan Snow. A interactive timeline is a key feature of this app as students can filter key personalities, battles and locations of the War in order to review the events in detail. I also really like the idea of students being able to use the ‘On This Day’ feature as it shows see events from history that occurred on this day but years ago.
On the website it states possible classroom uses which is great for teachers use. It gives recommendations such as using the timeline to review the main events of World War 2 and getting students to record their own timelines using the information learnt and getting students to plot the events of WW2 on a map. I think that older years can talk about the affects of War on the economy and discuss the consequences of War on the world.
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