A. Instruction - 5.4
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 6.6
MarketWatch: An App for Economics
Summary : Need Help Watching the Market?
MarketWatch by the Wall Street Journal offers users stock market information. Specifically, MarketWatch provides users with snapshots of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, NASDAQ Composite Index, and Global Dow Realtime USD, and the app contains a “Quote lookup” feature for finding investments. Plus, MarketWatch contains financial news articles and commentary that are updated frequently, and each news article provides a snapshot of the stocks listed in it.
- When explaining to students how the stock market functions, teachers can use this app to show the different exchanges and how each exchange offers a unique measurement of the market.
- Teachers can have students read a financial news article that pertains to a specific stock or investment area. After reading the article, teachers can require students to make and defend a statement whether they would or would not invest in a certain stock or area, and explain their decision. Explanations can be supported with information listed in the article or by conducting outside research.
- Teachers can assign students to read a specific commentary-based article in this app. Next, students would have to defend whether they agree or disagree with commentary and why. Students can conduct outside research to further support their stance.
- Teachers can have students select an investment to track using the app’s “Quote lookup” feature. After tracking it for a week, teachers can have students write a paragraph explaining if they would spend their own money on the investment. Students can then present their rationale verbally to classmates or by posting it to a class website.