Platinum Page

Sometimes learning can be fun - but learning should always in the end be in enjoyable.

Stretching oneself to understand difficult ideas can cause some learners to question just how far they can comprehend material - and that is a great thing!

On this page there will be a series of activities that will force you the learner to think about concepts, ideas, material, etc. that is both difficult and important.


Learning to Search:
Information is more readily available. With the internet and the use of smart phones information is accessible throughout your daily life. Try http://www.agoogleaday.com to test your search skills. These trivia questions force you to search and think at the same time. Every day brings a new challenge.

Check out and test your skills: http://www.agoogleaday.com


Examining Videos to Earn "Rec" Points

These videos are geared towards college introductory or high school AP classes - but in my class we are developing the skills to read, write, and think critically and independently - meaning you can do this!

If you watch one of the videos your task is simple -
  1. Title your email the video title and your full name
  2. In your email try to accomplish these three tasks
    1. Write a quick summary of the video in your own words
    2. Create an analogy to explain the video to a reader of your blog
    3. Compile a list of questions you have after watching the video
  3. Press send and email me your answers for any Platinum video you complete! 
You are doing an amazing job - each activity completed in the Platinum Page will earn you a Rec point. 

Video Series: We the Economy


Video 1: The Invisible Hand - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "Economist, Adam Smith, used the term The Invisible Hand to describe the self-regulating nature of the market place - a core concept for so-called free-marketeers."

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Video 2: The Paradox of Thrift - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "The Paradox of Thrift suggests that while it may be wise for an individual to save money when income is low and job prospects are precarious, it could be collectively disastrous if everyone is thrifty together."

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Video 3: The Phillips Curve - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "Bill Phillips' curve historically described an inverse relationship between the rate of unemployment and the rate of wage (and therefore price) inflation - but since his analysis became popular the relationship has changed."

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Video 4: The Principle of Comparative Advantage - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "David Ricardo's famous economic model, predicts that if there are just two countries and two products both can be better off if they specialise and trade in the thing they're relatively best at.

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Video 5: The Impossible Trinity - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "The Impossible Trinity or 'trilemma' suggests that it is impossible for a country to maintain a fixed exchange rate, free capital movement and an independent monetary policy at one and the same time."

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Video 6: Rational Choice Theory - 60 Second Adventures in Economics "Without a belief in rational behaviour, it's hard to design an economic policy with predictable results. In practice, people's errors or misinformed choices can frustrate policy design."

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Video 7: "What is inflation?"

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Video 8: "What is the difference between stocks and bonds?"

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Exploration: Crash Courses in History
To view all 37 available videos check out the "Crash Course" video channel

Video 9: Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I: Crash Course World History

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Video 10: Samurai, Daimyo, Matthew Perry, and Nationalism: Crash Course

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Video 11: Capitalism and Socialism: Crash Course World History #33

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Video 12: Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions: Crash Course

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Exploration: Critical Thinking
Video 13: Critical Thinking Part 1: A Valuable Argument The resource covers basic logic and faulty arguments, developing student's critical thinking skills.

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Video 14: Critical Thinking Part 2: Broken Logic

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Video 15: Critical Thinking Part 3: The Man Who Was Made of Straw

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Video 16: Critical Thinking Part 4: Getting Personal

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Video 17: Critical Thinking Part 5: The Gambler's Fallacy

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Video 18: Critical Thinking Part 6: A Precautionary Tale

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Net Neutrality
Why is net neutrality so important?
(This video has some mature language)

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Short Videos on the US Presidents




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