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There are many varied uses of media in teaching and learning economics. If you are new to this teaching and learning technique please see our exemplar, Opportunity Cost and Normal Profit. If you would like to submit an example of your own please contact Dirk Mateer.


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Using Media to Document Public Attitudes on Waste part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
Students work in small groups to record interviews capturing public attitudes on various types of waste. Students then edit shorter videos into a larger film that incorporates student analysis and synthetic commentary on waste in our society.

Healthcare in America: Whats Really Going On? part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Starting Point: Economics in Two-Year Colleges:Activities
By considering two NPR Radio shows from an economic perspective, students will understand the complexities of the healthcare system in the United States and the breadth of market failures throughout the system.

The Hudsucker Proxy: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
This film chronicles the introduction of the hula hoop, a toy that set off one of the greatest fads in United States history. According to Wham-O, the manufacturer of the hoop, when the toy was first introduced in ...

A Beautiful Mind: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A Beautiful Mind won the Academy Award for best picture in 2001 and it chronicles the life of John Nash who is noted for his pioneering work on general equilibrium theory. This scene is a great way to discuss ...

Cartoon Physics part of Examples
This activity promotes the learning of basic physics principle by viewing cartoon videos where these principles are bent of broken.

The Formation of Images by Plane and Spherical Mirrors part of Examples
The formation of images by plane and spherical mirrors will be studied by examining paintings done by several masters which include images formed in mirrors.

Statistical Discrimination and Motherhood: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A news story interviews a woman who claims that it was difficult for her to find employment because she had children. The story is used to examine the concept of statistical discrimination and whether public policy should be used to discourage statistical discrimination in this case.

Opportunity Cost and Normal Profit: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
A public interest group claims that pharmaceutical companies overstate the costs of developing drugs because they include the foregone earnings from the money invested in drug development. The story can be used to discuss the concepts of opportunity cost and normal profit.

Ebay: Using Media to Teach Economics part of Examples
EBay is an animated Flash file that provides an economic interpretation of the lyrics in order to help students learn economic concepts.

"Irreplacable" by Beyonce part of Examples
This flash animation for the song "Irreplaceable" demonstrates how the availability of substitutes affects the price elasticity of demand. Beyonce notes that her current boyfriend is not "irreplaceable," meaning that her demand for him is elastic.