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Kiva & Gapminder!

Hello Senior Scholars :)

Today, there are two opportunities for you.

First, visit Kiva.org.  Familiarize yourself with Kiva by carefully reading the over the wealth of information on the websiteThen choose one of the projects (people or groups) to invest your share ($25) of the class's collective profits.  You will be responsible for monitoring your investment over the course of the year, so be sure to jot down all relevant data so you can easily track your loan for future assignments.

Next, experiment using Gapminder by clicking here.  Create any two graphs using Hans Rosling's innovative software.  Then include a writeup for each graph you make, explaining what you used for the "X" and "Y" axis and why, what you expected to occur, and what surprises you discovered watching your graphs "grow."  Use the screenshot tool to take pictures of your graphs.  Save your work in Word, in PPT, or as a PDF.  Save your work to the "Gapminder Projects" folder within the "Economics Class Folder" using Dropbox.  Save your work by naming your file "Full Name, Gapminder Graph Writeup, Friday, October 4, 2014." (A Caveat: You must save your file with the correct name in Word, PPT, or PDF.  Do NOT attempt to rename your file by changing the link name in Dropbox or your information will not necessarily save correctly.")  You may work in partners (defined as two people) if you so wish, though as always, you will be entirely responsible for submitted work. This activity will be graded.  Please submit scholarly, proofread work.

Microloan Competition Project Report & Analysis

For Wednesday, September 24, please upload your presentation to the class Dropbox folder.

Create your presentation using PowerPoint.  Include the following:

*Slide 1: Group Member Names & Creative Project Title
*Slide 2: Project Objectives & Goal
*Slide 3: Project "Plan"  (or how you set out to achieve your objectives & goal; answer 3 essential questions)
*Slide 4: Project Materials & Cost
*Slide 5: Receipts for Materials  (these may be scanned; you may use several slides if necessary)
*Slide 6: Re-investment (if you spent more than $25, explain and show when & how you re-invested)
*Slide 7: Total Revenue, Cost, & Net Profit
*Slide 8: Analysis using SWOT/FODA format

*Pictures of various stages of your project submitted as evidence will raise your score.  As always, double check mechanics. :)  Remember you may submit video footage to the Dropbox folder for extra credit.

August Essay Opportunity

After watching Taylor's introductory lecture, "How Economists Think," what are you thinking about economics?  Write a one page essay sharing your thoughts on the subject.  You may choose to weigh in on any of the points made by Taylor, relate something you saw on the news, read recently, or found while pursuing Chapter 1 in your text.  The good and bad sides of competitive urges? The scarcity v. distribution debate?  Hard minds, soft hearts?  Or anything else.  I look forward to receiving a neat, proofed, one physical page version of your ideas promptly at the start of class on Friday, August 22.