Abstract 3-Volume 7-Number 1, Spring 2012

Economics in the Media: Cool Tools for Teaching Economics

Tawni Hunt Ferrarini

Northern Michigan University



Recreational use of MP3 players, cell phones, computers and/or video game units is on the rise among today’s students. This article helps teachers integrating economics into their classrooms plug into this M2 frenzy.  It identifies numerous high-quality resources with economic content that are readily available in the media at relatively low costs to Kindergarten-12 teachers and their students. Student preferences for different types of media guide the choices of content in economic education described here.  By using the revealed preferences of the students, teachers can be more successful at engaging students in advancing along the economics learning curve.  Hopefully, their engagement will spill over and entice students to learn more outside the classroom.

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