Common Sense Review
Updated September 2013

EconEdLink

Epic econ and financial info resource could use some jazzing up
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • The teacher view of an EconEdLink lesson
  • Teachers can view their saved lessons.
  • The teacher dashboard
  • A sample video lesson.
  • Students can take a quiz at the end of the video.
Pros
Easily ties into state and national economics and personal finance standards, and the ability to track progress is helpful.
Cons
Lessons are very teacher-centered and text-heavy; it's not a place kids will really enjoy exploring on their own.
Bottom Line
EconEdLink includes an accessible, comprehensive list of topics but is too text-heavy for all but the most finance-focused kids.
Mary Beth Hertz
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Design is modern but is heavy on text and not super kid-friendly. The video clips and lessons on EconEdLink can be informative and engaging; however, many have been pulled from PBS and aren't very kid-oriented.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

While they cover a wide range of topics, most of the lessons involve reading and discussion; they're very teacher-driven. More interactive, hands-on type activities could help kids absorb complex financial info.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

While the site doesn't have much of a help section, it does contain a variety of links for each lesson, and the mix of text and video can be helpful for kids with varying learning styles.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

These lessons would be best assigned as homework, with students completing a quiz at the end of each section. With a teacher account, you can track each student's progress by reviewing quiz scores and open-ended responses. Each lesson also has links to national and state economics and personal finance standards, as well as to resources outside of the site. The EconEdLink website also includes professional development resources for teachers, like workshops and trainings. 

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What's It Like?

EconEdLink is a website that provides resources that help kids learn the basics and big ideas of finance and the economy. You can choose a "pathway" on the home page depending on whether you're a student or educator. You'll then be able to access videos, articles, and links to economy-related content. EconEdLink has both a teacher and student side to each lesson (although they're not all that different).

You can create a free account and begin to search the fairly large database of lessons by grade level, topic, and resource type. Each lesson is broken down into its learning goals and a variety of readings, to which students have access when they click Student. According to the site, students are supposed to follow along on their screens and submit a quiz to their teacher by email or with an access code. These quizzes allow teachers to track student progress to plan for teaching lessons.

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Is It Good For Learning?

It has the potential to be a wonderful resource for students; the topic list is extensive, and the information is detailed. However, most lessons are very teacher-centric, and the ones meant for students don't really lend themselves to self-directed learning. While design is modern and pretty teen-friendly, the actual content could use some spice. The videos are also fairly dry, although they could be useful for review.

If you're a teacher looking for a lesson to immediately implement in your classroom, the lessons on EconEdLink do provide a good starting point. However, they may not be accessible to all students due to their text-heavy nature. These lessons would work well for a class that has 1-to-1 access to computers or for a "flipped classroom" model in which students read content at home to prepare for in-class discussion.

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