Virtual Economics Resource Available for Free to Area K-12 Teachers

The Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education, with support from the Council on Economic Education and State Farm, is collaborating with similar centers at Northern Kentucky University and Morehead State University to provide training and free copies of the Virtual Economics 4.0 Flash Drive (a $109.95 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 flash drive 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 Common Core 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 program reviews.”

The next workshop will be held on Nov. 21 at Model Laboratory School on EKU’s Richmond campus. Through the workshops, teachers will increase awareness and understanding of resources available, review features of Virtual Economics, and use the resource to find lessons that teach important and relevant concepts and standards. The workshop is free, but a refundable deposit is required to register.

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

Published on November 13, 2013