The Internet can be used by students to research topics taught in the Economic unit. One topic of interest are economic indicators used by economists and investors to measure the strength of the economy. Students can obtain current data and readings of GDP, CPI, Unemployment and other important indicators. I employ a different strategy when regulating Internet use in the classroom.
I grant students access to the Internet as a reward system. If the students have all their work completed and their grade is above 85% they can use the Internet to explore their own topics of interest (so long as the sites are school appropriate). If students violate this trust, I block their access for a period of one month using AB Tutor.
I plan on using a consumer confidence survey for the publication.