Abstract 14- Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009




Hot Off the Presses: Podcasting for the Economics Classroom

Colleen Call
Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Kentucky
Kathy Swan
University of Kentucky
Mark Hofer
College of William and Mary


Despite the recent interest and production of quality podcasts freely available online, there are relatively few podcasts available for K-12 teachers of economics. We see this as a missed opportunity given the real-time and real-world nature of economics. We have created the Econocast (http://econocast.org) website to help spark teachers’ imaginations to leverage podcasting in the economics classroom and to help make the publication process easier. In this article, we offer a definition of podcasting, discuss how podcasting might support the economics curriculum, and present a case study of a teacher’s development of an “iReport” economics podcast for her ninth grade classroom. We invite readers to help realize the potential of podcasting to engage students in meaningful learning of economics concepts.

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About the Author(s)…

Colleen Call teaches in Lexington, Kentucky at a public high school. She is beginning her third year as a social studies educator and her second year in the International Baccalaureate Programme. Colleen is a past recipient of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Prior to earning her Master’s degree in education, Colleen served as an AmeriCorps member in Boston, MA. This is her second year participating in the Econocast project.

Kathleen Owings Swan is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky in the School of Education and a former high school social studies teacher. Her research includes examining strategies for training pre-service and in-service social studies teachers to effectively use educational technology in social studies instruction.

Mark Hofer is an Associate Professor in Educational Technology at the College of William & Mary in the School of Education and a former high school social studies teacher. He focuses on innovative ways to prepare pre-service teachers to transform teaching and learning with the appropriate use of technology and on exploring K-12 classroom applications of technology.

Primary contact email: mark.hofer@wm.edu