Online Resource Alert: Annenberg Learner

annenberg-learnerIf you’ve spent any time on Rohrbach library’s bottom floor, you’ve noticed our resources for aspiring educators. From the children’s lit of the Library Science collection to kits, “big books” and study aids, there’s plenty available to fire the new teacher’s imagination. While you browse the shelves, don’t forget the about our online resources. For the perfect example, surf over to Annenberg Learner.

Learner is an educational branch of the Annenberg Foundation, a charitable organization founded by publisher Walter H. Annenberg. The Learner site contains a multitude of recourses for teachers. There’s an extensive collection of educational videos, geared towards students from kindergarten to college age. These on-demand videos are offered FREE.

If you prefer a less passive classroom experience, check out the various interactive offerings. Like the videos, these activities cover a wide range of subjects and age brackets. Among these is an interactive timeline of the US economy and a game called “Control the US Debt.” This program tasks students with budgeting and cutting government programs, with the goal of keeping debt in check. Each choice has a price tag, and a few minutes in the game illustrates the complexity of economic policy. Want to beef up Medicaid? Slice military spending? Raise the retirement age? Obliterate heath reform? This game lets your students take America’s economy for a joyride. If the age of videogames, why not plug some interactive mayhem into your economics class?

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