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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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Introducing Geological Interesting Places with Videos part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This activity provides a workflow and an example of using the workflow to create videos to effectively and efficiently introduce geologic interesting places.

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.

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.

A Toast to a Scientist - Celebrating Identity and Accomplishments part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
To bring attention to a more inclusive population of scientists and to help students develop their own science identity, students are assigned to write a speech that could be given as a "toast" at an ...

Seinfeld: The Baby Shower part of Examples
This is a clip from Seinfeld in which Jerry does a cost -benefit analysis of installing illegal cable. He decides to commit the crime when he finds out there will be 75 televised Mets games on TV.

Healthcare in America: Whats Really Going On? part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics: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.

"Father Christmas" by The Kinks part of Examples
"Father Christmas" by The Kinks is used in conjunction with Joel Waldfogel's article "The Deadweight Loss of Christmas" to examine the relative value of cash versus inkind gifts. This can then be extended to an analysis of various public policies.

"Closer to Free" by The BoDeans part of Examples
This flash animation for the song "Closer to Free" describes the Economic Freedom of the World index, provides a summary of countries with high and low values of the index, and highlights the importance of economic freedom in a country's standard of living.

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.