Saturday, April 15, 2006

Aplia Blogs for Classroom Content

For the last six months, the folks at Aplia have contributed great current event content for the economics course. Every few days another posting brings the same formula of a essay, linked to more indepth readings or "research" that the students may do, and a few questions at the end for class discussion or assignment.

The ones I have read are extremely well done. I would only worry that they won't archive well since, even if Aplia will continue to provide these free, the links to readings are at the originators discretion. You can subscribe via RSS through Feedburner and have all of them sent to your reader (I use My Yahoo for that).

Try Aplia's "economic news blog, a place to explore current events that relate to your econ classes. (They're) currently beta testing this idea, so (they would) love to hear your comments. ... at

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tablet PC Research

Tablet PCs can improve Education! This is the message of papers available online now and to be delivered at Purdue University. Sponsored in part by Microsoft Reearch, and others, the workshop promises to deliver examples and research to help support the claims of we who believe that Tablet PC offer the greatest value in education today.

WIPTE 2006: "The First Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education will be held on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana on April 6 and 7, 2006. WIPTE is open to anyone with an interest in instructional technology. A wide variety of disciplines are embracing Tablet PC's and similar pen-based devices as tools for the radical enhancement of teaching and learning."