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Economics ict talk_june_2010

  1. 1. Reflections on using ICT in teaching EconomicsTalk to the Trinity Group<br />Geoff Riley<br />Eton College<br />2nd July 2010<br />
  2. 2. Which business has these locations in this area?<br />
  3. 3. Which business has locations here?<br />
  4. 4. Digital tools in Economics Teaching<br />A selected guide<br />
  5. 5. Drop Box for file sharing (superb)<br />Reuters EcoWin (for real time economics data charts)<br />Expression Engine (for blogs)<br />Wordle.net (for word clouds)<br />Data Visualisation sites (FT, WSJ, World Bank)<br />Google Wave, Google Docs and other Google Apps<br />Twitter (incredibly useful!)<br />You Tube – great for embedding resources!<br />Snag It (brilliant screen capture) or Zing (for the Mac)<br />RSS feeds (for streaming news stories)<br />Moodle (for a great open-source VLE)<br />My day to day digital toolbox<br />
  6. 6. Drop Box<br />Superb for online back up and file sync <br />
  7. 7. Eco Win<br />Real time macroeconomic and financial data<br />
  8. 8. Paste-Linked to PowerPoint<br />Automatically updates charts in my main teaching presentations<br />
  9. 9. Wordle.net for word clouds<br />Word clouds can be very effective for student input and engagement<br />
  10. 10. Data Visualisation<br />These sites (inc the one from the FT above) are likely to become ever more popular and effective in the months ahead<br />
  11. 11. The potential of Google Wave?<br />Now available to all with an email address – real time collaboration<br />
  12. 12. A wave on the fishing crisis<br />
  13. 13. Joining the Twitterattzi<br />
  14. 14. A selection of twitter feeds<br />
  15. 15. Podcasts for Economics<br />
  16. 16. TED talks – inspirational material<br />
  17. 17. RSA animate – a wonderful idea!<br />
  18. 18. Moodle – My E-Learning System of Choice<br />
  19. 19. The Tutor2u Economics VLE<br />
  20. 20. Building a more Interactive VLE for Economics – Some Ideas to Try<br />
  21. 21. AS Macro Course – Home Page<br />
  22. 22. Assignments and online grading<br />
  23. 23. Organised by topic<br />
  24. 24. Online quizzes (very popular!)<br />
  25. 25. Subject Glossaries<br />Course-wide glossaries<br />Topic-based glossaries<br />Freedom for students to generate their own entries and link them to other web content<br />And rate those of others (peer assessment)<br />Give students responsibility for a topic / area?<br />Auto-linking entries means that glossary terms appear throughout the Moodle course<br />Glossary can embed other digital content such as You Tube videos<br />
  26. 26. An example from the AS Micro Glossary<br />
  27. 27. Include links to blog articles<br />
  28. 28. Auto links glossary to fresh content<br />
  29. 29. Linking content to keep a glossary fresh!<br />
  30. 30. Student-generated glossaries<br />Give the students a topic<br />E.g. Monopolistic markets<br />The global recession<br />Generate a cluster of concepts for research<br />Allocate or get students to choose<br />Researched and written in text format<br />Encourage them to support with examples<br />And link to other resources<br />Ideal for revision – print out as a booklet<br />
  31. 31. Example – behavioural economics<br />
  32. 32. Each student contributed two items – duplication allowed<br />
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  35. 35. Encouraging Students to Blog!<br />Encouraging a different style of writing<br />Helps to build a narrative / apply new concepts<br />“This week your blog should be on a market of your choice”<br />Builds some web skills<br />Tagging of blog entries<br />Linking to articles on the web<br />Reflections on the learning experience<br />Effective for students on a new course<br />The challenge is to sustain it over a course!<br />This is one of my big targets for 2010-11<br />
  36. 36. Within the VLE students can read the blogs of other people in their groups<br />
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  38. 38. Forums are a great way of getting students to use Moodle<br />
  39. 39. Another example – from AS macro<br />
  40. 40. Developing the forum concept<br />Great opportunities here for extension and enrichment activities<br />Reading “by stealth” ! <br />Real potential for improving data response technique e.g. Responses to charts / tables<br />Embedding video or podcasts into a forum question and asking students to reflect on what they see<br />Student comments on forum posts of their peers<br />Moodle has a range of different forum options<br />
  41. 41. A Year with Moodle<br />Building content and community is key<br />Aims for 2010-11<br />Embed more audio visual into the VLE<br />Set different types of assignments using blogs and forums and other options<br />Develop new styles of online quizzes<br />Encourage student collaboration e.g. embedding Google Wave into Moodle<br />Encourage colleagues to try it!<br />And utilize a VLE to stretch gifted & talented<br />
  42. 42. Trying more challenging activities<br />
  43. 43. Looking ahead<br />A Martini web - delivering fresh learning content through ubiquitous mobile devices – anytime anywhere<br />Students encouraged to be non-linear in their approach to schoolroom work <br />Proper macroeconomic and micro simulation games<br />A new generation of “no-fear teachers” with their ICT<br />Genuine and sustained collaboration through digital tools by students and by teachers<br />Webinar software to become standard<br />Linking social networks to teaching & learning software<br />Face to face interaction more not less important<br />No diminution in the power and importance of good classroom teaching!<br />
  44. 44. Please contact me<br />VLE is at http://vle.tutor2u.net<br />Email: geoff@tutor2u.net<br />Twitter: www.twitter.com/tutor2u_econ<br />

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