Visualizing the economy

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Teaching high school economics with interactive maps.

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Visualizing the economy

  1. 1. Presented by:Becca ArnoldAssoc. Professor of Economicsand theSan Diego Center for EconomicEducation Visualizing thehttp://www.cceesandiego.org/ EconomyMarch 2, 2012
  2. 2. What is an interactive map? “a computer-based system that stores geographically referenced data linked to textual attributes (a database) and allows for mapping, display, analysis, and modeling” (http://www.fdlp.gov/administration/handbook/155- appendixe) “A computer application used to store, view, and analyze geographical information, especially maps” (thefreedictionary.com)  “A map you can click on” (Becca)  Caveat: graphs and tables are part of these lessons
  3. 3. Why use interactive maps? Answer questions more thoroughly http://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/index.php Eye-catching way for students to gain real- world perspective http://www.brightpointinc.com/Gallery/USTradeDeficit.as Practice critical thinking
  4. 4. Research findings  Student interest  Self-reported helpfulness of maps: 3.8/5  Not all map usage equal…  The more students “click” the better  And not all maps equal…  The less economic indicators per map, the better  Caveats  College students  Old-style maps  You tube video: type in “GIS beccasa” and you’ll find it
  5. 5. What makes a “good” map? Reliable source  Government statistics Visually“easy” Relatively current  Downturn in economy makes this both a challenge and an opportunity
  6. 6. About the curriculum6 lessons  One class period per lesson  Review concept along with mapping  Designed to be done in pairs  Follow up questions included Appendices with map links
  7. 7. Let’s look overvisualizing unemployment! Butfirst turn to the section on County unemployment and change that very long url to: goo.gl/jJcyW
  8. 8. Developing a classroomculture of maps Happens naturally with lessons if enough time is given. Extra credit  http://www.radicalcartography.net/9thcensus/9th35.jp  http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/year_spendin
  9. 9. Thank you! Andbe sure to contact me with questions: barnold@sdccd.edu

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