ERIC Number: ED239936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Love Your Computer: A Fourth Grade Study in the Use of Computers and Their Economic Impact on the World Today.
An award-winning fourth-grade unit combines computer and economics education by examining the impact of computer usage on various segments of the economy. Students spent one semester becoming familiar with a classroom computer and gaining a general understanding of basic economic concepts through class discussion, field trips, and bulletin boards. The 18-week unit then tied these economic concepts to computer usage as follows. Students examined: computers as suppliers of wants and needs and as solutions to labor problems (scarcity); computer technology's effect on the standard of living (economic goals); computers as capital goods (productive resources); the creation of a market for computers (market economy); financial uses of computers (financial institutions); computer related careers (circulation flow); increases in productivity through computers (resource extenders); the contribution of others to computer availability (economic interdependence); and deciding on computer use (decisionmaking). As a culminating activity, students developed an "economics quotient" test which was programmed for the computer and offered as part of an open house program. A program evaluation and bibliography are included. (LP)
Descriptors: Awards, Computer Literacy, Computers, Concept Teaching, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Economics Education, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Marketing, Productivity, Program Descriptions, Resources, Specialization, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
National Depository for Economic Education, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Fort Smith School District, AR.
Identifiers: Interdependence; Supply and Demand
Note: Paper prepared at Fairview Elementary School for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-1981).