Economics for Schools

Key features for Students
  • Use as a standalone course as an interactive textbook on your PC
  • Dip in for revision, assignments or homework
  • GCSE, AS/A2, AVCE, BTEC or HNC level students
  • Draw diagrams one step at a time to understand analysis
Key features for Teaching
  • Use on site network or PCs as standalone course in whole or in part
  • Extract topics for in or out of Centre use
  • Use with projectors or interactive whiteboards
  • Can be used as a Web-based resource

"The interactive nature... proved immeasurably useful." (from the independent evaluation of WinEcon Economics for Schools by Schoolzone for DfES). Having undergone rigorous evaluation, WinEcon has been registered by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) as an approved product for the learning and teaching of Economics .

Economics for Schools is a fully interactive and user-friendly elearning course to complement the school syllabus at GCSE, AS/A2, AVCE, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or HNC level. The software offers hours of tutorial material and includes: extensive relevant theory, interactive exercises, self-assessment questions, economic databases and an economic glossary. The software is tailor made to provide material within the syllabus for more in-depth study of particular topics.

  • Department of Education and Skills (DfES) certified approved product
  • For school and college students studying economics or business and management
  • 400 highly graphical tutorial screens, quizzes, self-assessment questions and tools
  • Offers complete control of pace and style of learning in a fully supported environment
  • A comprehensive glossary of all the key terms in the subject
  • No prior knowledge of computing or economics needed

WinEcon is an award winning, highly interactive teaching and learning package for network and PC use. Intensively developed at a cost of £1m under the government funded Teaching and Learning Technology Programme by experienced teachers of economics, the WinEcon software gives complete control of the pace and style of learning in a fully-supported environment that demands no prior knowledge of computing or economics.

Screenshot of WinEcon Economics for Schools 2.2 Demand Curve

"The interactive nature of some of the animations and activities proved immeasurably useful in explaining, for example, Supply and Demand Theory and its real-world applications."

"The ability to interact with economic models and to amend input data to produce differing results really helped students to grasp certain economic theory, as, through self-study, they were able to question models and observe the effects on outcomes."

"The program reinforces what the students have learnt in the classroom and can - and does - aid them in the production of assignment work where its content is of sufficient depth and quality to be used as a reference source."

WinEcon gives complete control of pace and style of learning in a fully supported environment. The interactive approach lets students draw diagrams one step at a time and investigate the impact of changes thus helping them to understand the analysis.

Screenshot of WinEcon Economics for Schools 1.2 The Squash Club

"The pages of information are colourful and contain a variety of text and graphics, all of which are relevant to the study of Economics."

"Tutors are able to create web pages in Word, or similar, which can be linked to the WinEcon software by creating Word pages containing hyperlinks to appropriate points in the WinEcon package which, when clicked on, will automatically open the WinEcon software at the required topic. This latter ability is extremely useful for student learning."

"added value to the learning experience by graphically illustrating varying aspects of the subject and assisting student recall and use of aspects of economic theory.

Screenshot 16 (240) - School student colourful map

Screenshot 15(240x) - School student bar graph
      

Econimics for Schools - chapter headings

1. Economics Issues
2. Demand and Supply
3. Production and Cost Relationships
4. Market Structures
5. Economics and Social Welfare
6. Market Failure and Regulation
7. Labour and Capital Markets
8. Analysing Macroeconomic Data
9. National Income and Expenditure
10. Money and Banking
11. Aggregate Demand and Quantity Theory
12. Aggregate Supply
13. Business Cycles
14. Economic Analysis of Development


Single user software

Economics for Schools is available as a single user version, The School Edition, for installation on a PC. The School Edition can be used as a stand alone learning package or to complement the networked version which your school or college may be using. The School Edition can be used in conjunction with the networked version to allow the student to access their teacher's Web links to WinEcon if working away from the school or college's local area network (LAN). The student can then work on their own machine and without the need to work online. This is a major benefit to students working at home on assignments, homework or revision.

Screenshot 19 (260x) - School student farmers Screenshot 18 (240x) - School student 2.5 Price Elasticity Revenue

It is the perfect economics software for:

  • School and college students studying economics or business and management
  • GCSE, AS/A2, AVCE, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or HNC level students
  • More in-depth study of particular topics within the syllabus
  • An interactive approach allowing students to draw diagrams one step at a time
  • Help in understanding the analysis by investigating the impact of changes made
  • Students working at home on assignments, homework or revision.

Institutional site licences

Economics for Schools is available as a site licence for an unlimited number of users. The software can be installed on a local area network (LAN) for multiple users or, alternatively, the software can be saved onto CD to be installed on PCs within the institution. For more information on installing and networking please see our Technical Support pages.

The Web-linking features built into WinEcon make it easy to integrate the courseware into virtual learning environments (VLEs) such as Blackboard and WebCT. Links can also be made seamlessly to WinEcon from Word or PowerPoint documents, for instance, or indeed, any document that allows hyperlinks, thus allowing the tutor to customise the software.

WinEcon can be used as a Web-based resource and topics of information can be extracted for out of Centre use, whether on-line using the external links from a College’s LAN or via interactive handouts, thus assisting in the production of learning materials that will prove more interesting, relevant and easier to assimilate than the traditional typed hand-outs.

Teachers can easily create web pages in Word, or similar, which can be linked to the WinEcon software by creating Word pages containing hyperlinks to appropriate points in the WinEcon package which, when clicked on, will automatically open the WinEcon software at the required topic. This latter ability is extremely useful for student learning. They are able to access the LAN or individual machines where the software is loaded and, for offsite use, candidates can purchase a single user copy of the software for installation on their own PCs.

Use the software to produce interactive handouts and/or links to Web-based resources from the WinEcon software for use by students for study purposes across the school or college site, in outreach Centres or on student's home computers.