Virtual Economics Program Available Free of Charge to K-12 Teachers throughout Region

The Eastern Kentucky UniversityCenter for Economic Education, with support from the Council for Economic Education and State Farm, will work with the Kentucky Council on Economic Education and centers at Northern Kentucky University and Morehead State University to provide training and free copies of the Virtual Economics4.0 CD-ROM (a $99.95 value) to K-12 teachers in schools throughout the region.

Virtual Economics is a single solution for teaching economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance content in all grades K-12.  The CD-ROM is loaded with interactive tools to help teachers better understand principles and concepts and to teach them to their students.

Within the tool is an extensive database of more than 1,400 lessons that can be referenced by grade level, concept, key word or discipline, and even by Kentucky state standards.

“Having Virtual Economics is equivalent to having a comprehensive library of curriculum materials at your fingertips,” said Dr. Cynthia Harter, director of EKU’s Center for Economic Education.  “Virtual Economics is an excellent tool for finding interdisciplinary applications of the content, and it can help teachers develop strategies for collecting evidence of student performance needed for the Kentucky Department of Education’s new program reviews.”

As part of an initiative to improve economic education across K-12 and contribute to reduced high school drop-out rates, workshops will be offered throughout the region during the remainder of 2011. The first workshop will be held on Aug. 29 at EKU’s Manchester campus and a second workshop will be held at Morton Middle School in Lexington on Sept. 19.  Through the workshops, teachers will increase awareness and understanding of resources available, including more than 1,400 lessons on Virtual Economics, review features of the CD-ROM, and use Virtual Economics to find lessons that teach important and relevant concepts and standards.

For more information or to register for a Virtual Economics workshop, contact Harter at cynthia.harter@eku.edu.

Published on August 23, 2011