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Econ Camp North

Learn ways to integrate Economics into your classroom at Econ Camp

AUDIENCE: High School Teachers

DATE: September 19 & 20, 2018

TIME: Beginning at 4:00 pm on September 19th. Ending by 2:30 pm on September 20th

LOCATION: Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, IN



Program Elements

The overall purpose of the Econ Camp is to improve economic literacy in Indiana, focusing on economic concepts identified in the Indiana Academic Standards for Economics. Econ Camp is for high school teachers who teach or integrate economics into their classrooms and is an integral part of Indiana's contribution to the National Campaign for Economic Literacy, initiated by the Council for Economic Education. Participants earn 7 points towards relicensure.

There are three primary goals of the Camp program:

    1. Review and reinforce an understanding of economic concepts identified in the Economics Standards.
    2. Share best teaching practices relating these concepts to current public policy issues.
    3. Promote economics as an important part of the curriculum in the high school.

2018 Agenda COMING SOON!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

5:00 p.m.

Reception - Get to Know One Another

5:45 p.m.


6:45 p.m.

Evening Session
How Does Big Data from Social Media Influence Firms Decision Making

Dr. Nicole Widmar, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

There are a multitude of factors that influence consumer demand for goods in the marketplace, including consumer's perceptions of both the product and the supplier of that product. Many industries have discovered that measuring perceptions of businesses, brands, and products is a challenging task due to the intangible nature of social goodwill and its ever-changing and developing landscape. In this session, you'll learn how data from social media has provided businesses with a new way of understanding consumer and public sentiment. We'll discuss what is meant by big data, as well as how companies use data from sources like social media to get "the pulse" of a larger number of people and use that data to make decisions for their business. We'll conclude with an exploration and a classroom activity to help you and your students consider the pros and cons from both the perspectives of the consumer and businesses collected data.

8:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.


8:15 a.m.

Group Discussion:
The Latest Word on Teaching High School Economics

Teaching economics and personal finance to high school students can be both challenging and a joy. In this group disucssion, share some of your favorite ideas for teaching economics and personal finance in general and brainstorm ways to cover challenging topics. Bring a copy of or link to your favorite lesson for teaching students how to think economically!

9:15 a.m.

Classroom Experiences That Engage Students

How can you make economics come alive and keep students engaged?  When students learn economics by doing, they are able to apply concepts, use economic reasoning to better understand economic behavior.  In this session, we’ll explore strategies for activity-based learning.

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Curriculum Focus:
Using Money Smart for Young People

In this session, you will participate in a demonstration of the Money Smart Curriculum. this session will showcase the most engaging and interactive components.

11:50 am


12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Money and Banking: Putting Education Into Practice Through Youth Savings Partnerships

In this session, you will learn first-hand from banking industry professionals, just how financial institutions determine what provide services to provide for customers. Often, education for consumers is integrated into these services. The panel will also discuss how they use a youth savings programs to help students connect money and banking. They will highlight the outcomes from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Youth Savings Pilot and share how tying savings account access to education benefits students as well as financial institutions.

12:00 pm

Evaluation and Closing Remarks

2:30 p.m.

Econ Camp Concludes


This workshop is sponsored by the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics. All direct Camp costs, including registration, room, and board, will be covered. Because of limited room availability, participants will share rooms. Participants will be responsible for transportation costs.


Econ Camp North takes place at
Camp Tecumseh
12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Rd.
Brookston, IN 47923


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"This was my first Econ Camp and it was an awesome experience. I have attended a couple of other programs conducted by the ICEE and all have been quality programs. I look forward to attending the Camp next year."