I ran across some interesting slideshows that can be used with your students. CNBC has put together a number of them, but the three I found most interesting were the following:
US Trading Partners
What Does a Trillion Look Like?
Holders of U.S. Debt
I think your students will find the information interesting as it sometimes run counter to "popular opinion." I’m sure many of them will not be able to correctly identify, in order, the top three trading partners. Likewise, I wish the folks at CNBC had broken out the "#1" position on the U.S. Debt slide show. It would be interesting to see exactly where the federal debt is held.
I know the Federal Reserve holds a healthy chunk as a result of monetary policy and other efforts related to the current recession. But I also know a substantial amount is held by Social Security, and some by other agencies. Regardless, the presentations should provide some interesting information for classroom openers or closers (those short discussions at the beginning or end of class).
There are others that can easily be integrated into personal finance, government and current events, as well as economics. Which ones would you find most useful with your students?
This post references the following Keystone Economic Principles:
2. There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.
6. Do what you do best, trade for the rest.