The Econ Lowdown webinar series enables educators from across the country to connect with economic and personal finance education specialists and other experts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and at other Reserve banks. Teachers and administrators can hear about and discuss content and materials for improving classroom instruction in personal finance and economics. The session topics vary and are targeted to K-16 educators.
Watch video archive from past webinars:
Episode 1: Tools for Teaching Economic and Financial Literacy
Presenters introduce Econ Lowdown, a collection of education materials to enrich your classes. Featured resources include online learning modules, videos, interactive whiteboard lessons and podcasts.
Episode 2: Spring Forward with New K-12 Online Learning Resources
Presenters introduce users to the Econ Lowdown Teacher Portal (previously the "Instructor Management Panel"), highlight new features and enhancements and demonstrate how to set up a classroom.
Episode 3: FRED Data and GeoFRED Mapping for your Classroom
Presenters discuss strategies for using data in the classroom as an effective way to make content relevant in a variety of subjects. FRED and GeoFRED are introduced.
Episode 4: FREDcast: A New Forecasting Game for the Classroom
Presenters discuss strategies for using FREDcast™, a new interactive game that allows players to test their forecasting skills in the classroom.
Episode 5: FRASER in the Classroom: Teach U.S. History Using Primary Documents
Presenters discuss strategies for using primary documents in the classroom. Learn from this webinar how to access historic letters, maps, and government documents to illustrate specific events or larger trends using the FRASER website, which is an economic history digital library.
Episode 6: Using Children's Literature to Teach Financial Literacy
The presenter discusses strategies for using children's literature to teach financial literacy. Featured titles include Clifford and the Big Storm; Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday; and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money.
Episode 7: Teach the Revised Missouri Personal Finance Standards with Econ Lowdown
Economic education specialists provide an overview of the recently approved Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education personal finance standards. In addition, this webinar will introduce you to award-winning personal finance resources to help you meet the standards. Learn to use our interactive syllabus, which makes it easy to choose videos and online courses, and find out about printed lessons and activities.
Episode 8: Bring Data into Your Classroom: A Tutorial for using FRED Interactives and FREDcast
Presenters discuss strategies for using data in the classroom as an effective way to make content relevant in a variety of subjects. Specifically, they focus on two user-friendly classroom resources: FRED Interactives, online modules that teach data literacy and economic content, and FREDcast, an interactive forecasting game.
Episode 9: Reading Q&A = Relevant Classroom Content + Built-in Assessment
Presenters discuss Reading Q&A—a new collection of online resources within the Econ Lowdown Teacher Portal (ETP). Reading Q&A adds top quality resources such as Page One Economics and Focus on Finance into the ETP with assessment features so you can add them to your syllabus. Flipped classroom or not, Reading Q&A gives you more options for including top-quality classroom resources.
Episode 10: Employment, Unemployment, and the Federal Reserve
Presenters discuss employment, unemployment, and the Federal Reserve as important economic concepts for the classroom. In addition to providing clarity on the content, they suggest teaching strategies and free teaching resources available from the St. Louis Fed.
Teachers: Learn even more about our resources with the Classroom ECONnections from the Fed webinar series.