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News May 2020 - Term 2 Updates

08 May 2020 4:37 AM | QETA ADMIN (Administrator)

Welcome to this month's QETA update.We hope the transition back to face-to-face teaching goes smoothly for our members. It certainly remains a challenging time for us all.

Teaching Economics in Queensand (TEiQ)

QETA is pleased to announce the release of its first TEiQ, an irregular publication designed to provide resources and teaching ideas for members. The first edition is available from the members area of the website. You will need to log on to access it. Future editions of this publication are planned so we welcome any feedback you may have or suggestions for inclusion. Content of this issue includes:

  • Thanks to Doug Cave
  • The 2020 Membership Committee
  • The Economy According to the ABS
  • Austrade Economic Terms and Stats
  • Monetary Policy in Australia
  • Unit 1 Contextual Focus: The Economics of a natural disaster
  • Unit 1 Contextual Focus: Using Economics to reduce tobacco use
  • The economic rationale for intervention in the tobacco market
  • We need to talk about Brexit
  • Information Bites and Links
  • Australian Curriculum Economics and Business Year 10

Tablebuilder updated

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Tablebuilder application has recently been updated to include Businesses in Australia, 2018-19 - free for all registered users.

This addition has been created from the Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) and provides a "comprehensive research base on Australian businesses and the economy ad enables research on business performance, innovation, dynamics & productivity over time".

If you are not familiar with TableBuilder it is an online self-help tool which enables the creation of tables, graphs and maps using Census data. You can find more information about it from https://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/tablebuilder

Financial Basics Foundation Webquests

Financial Basics Foundation has recently released webquests on the topics of Taxation and Banking. These may prove useful for this current period of home-based online learning. WebQuests are an inquiry-oriented online tool for educators to develop self-paced learning for the classroom.

More information can be found at https://www.financialbasics.org.au

New RBA Explainer

The RBA has launched another new Explainer, exploring the topic of ‘What is Money?’. "It looks at what makes something ‘money’, why we need money and its role within an economy, and how money is created. It also looks at money in an historic context, from the cowrie shells and gold coins of the past to digital bank records today."

You can view this resource from https://www.rba.gov.au/education/resources/explainers/what-is-money.html

UQ Student Economics Competition 2020

QETA, with the support of the University of Queensland School of Economics, intends to again conduct its popular Student Economics Competition in early Term 3. Last year more than 2400 students participated in this event. Further information about this year's competition will be provided shortly.

Museum of Australian Democracy

While not strictly related to teaching economics, members may be interested in the Museum of Australian Democracy. QETA recently received information from the museum alerting us to free digital excursions. Students and teachers can access these together as a class, even with students learning from home. For more information contact https://www.moadoph.gov.au/

Facebook Group

If you have not already, please consider joining our Facebook group. This forum allows the sharing of items of interest for members in a timely fashion. Feel free to share news articles and other materials that you think would be of interest to other teachers of economics. You will need to provide the email address used for your membership in order to be added to this closed group. You can access the group directly from https://www.facebook.com/groups/784996915187795/ (then click 'Join Group') or via the Association's Facebook page.

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