LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Krugman's Economics for AP®. We also offer a course tour for Krugman's Economics for AP® that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
e-BookA complete online version of the textbook, this e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all AP® Exam Tips, images, and key terms. In addition to LaunchPad’s notes and highlighting features, you can easily hide chapters or sections that you do not cover in your course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add your own content directly into the e-Book.
LearningCurveDeveloped in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter of the text. LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty. Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
This spreadsheet is a complete list of links to videos referenced in the wrap-around material of the Teacher’s Edition, organized by section and module.
Exit Slip QuizzesThese short quizzes for every module in the book offer formative multiple-choice questions that help assess whether students have mastered the module’s concepts.
FlashcardsWith exercises for all of the key terms in each module, Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn important concepts and phrases. In quiz mode, students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition, so they can see right away whether their answers are correct or not, making this a great practice exercise for getting familiar with new words and phrases.
FYI ActivitiesActivities that accompany the FYI boxes in the textbook connect the concepts of the module with real-life examples and encourage students to exercise their critical thinking skills.
Guide to Using Graphing ToolsThis visual guide teaches students how to use the interactive graphing tool used in activities inside LaunchPad.
Interactive TutorialsThese narrated tutorials walk students through key concepts in economics through a series of examples, animated graphs, and problem sets. Students can work at their own pace and skip to any specific problem areas they might want to re-watch. It’s perfect for study and reinforcement of core ideas.
Key TermsFor more practice with unfamiliar words and phrases, students can match a key term to its definition.
Living GraphsLiving Graphs are interactive and animated graphs that first demonstrate a concept to students and then ask them to manipulate the graph to check understanding. Living Graphs are the perfect tool to provide students with hands on manipulation of economics concepts.
Math and Graphing Review and SlidesMath and Graphing Reviews provide an online review of 10 basic math and graphing concepts essential for an economics course. Students can view engaging video tutorials that also provide assessment of these key concepts.
Module WorksheetsClassroom and homework activities for each of the book’s modules are available to download.
Section Overview VideosThese videos provide an entertaining review of the key concepts in each section. The videos focus on explaining the big picture ideas, key graphs, and common mistakes/pitfalls for the section.
Student ErrataThis is a list of corrected errors for the textbook and Strive for a 5 Study Guides.
Study TipsThe Study Tips provide students with insight on how to master key concepts in each section. They often include graphs from the text and can be used for review after reading the chapter.
Summative Quizzes (End-of-Chapter Problems)These multiple-choice questions can be assigned in homework assignments or quizzes, and help to reinforce key concepts for each section of the book.
Video Activities and VideosVideo Activities containing clips from PBS NewsHour are available for many sections and offer real world application of economics principles and concepts. The videos are accompanied by assignable, automatically graded quizzes. The videos are also available as a standalone resource.
The welcome page provides an introduction to LaunchPad. It explains the Welcome Unit Quiz and provides answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.
In order to get familiar with LaunchPad, see how it works, and know what it contains, you can test your students’ understanding by having them take the brief quiz included in this unit. The quiz will show students where something is (like how to find their grades) and then ask them to confirm that they understand. Hopefully this will allow them to see ALL that LaunchPad offers, and use the product to its fullest.
Welcome Unit Quiz
Organized by section, these tutorials guide students through the process of economic analysis and math skills to solve economic problems. Choice-specific feedback and video explanations provide students with interactive assistance for each step of the problem.
Work It Out Tutorials
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
AP® Style Cumulative TestsProvide even more AP® test prep with these 4 cumulative tests in the style of the AP® Exam, available to download.
CorrelationsView a list of every topic in both the AP® Macroeconomics and Microeconomics Courses and where you can find these topics in the textbook.
Lecture SlidesThese fully customizable multimedia presentations are closely aligned with the text, and are designed to assist teachers with lecture preparation and presentations. The slides contain graphs, figures, data tables, links, and explanations of key concepts suitable for lecture presentation.
Professional Development VideosPresented by Jacob Clifford with authors David Anderson and Margaret Ray, these brief overviews of every section in the book offer advice on what to emphasize in a given section, how to anticipate and overcome common pitfalls, as well as tips for helping students realize success in the course and on the AP® exam.
Sample LectureBack by popular demand, these sample lectures for every module in the book – written by Eric Dodge – include suggested time, an outline, and notes on teaching each topic.
St. Louis Federal Reserve ResourcesThis list of the best St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank Resources, handpicked by their Educators’ Advisory Board, allows you and your students to delve more deeply into the content.
Strive for a 5 SolutionsFind solutions to all questions from both of the Strive for a 5 study guides (Macro and Micro).
Teacher ErrataThis is a list of corrected errors for the Teacher’s Edition and test bank.
Teacher's Resource MaterialsThe Teacher’s Materials PDFs contain a wealth of additional resources compiled by Margaret (Peggy) Pride in collaboration with Dianna Miller and Leslie Wolfson, including sample lectures, teacher demonstrations, classroom and homework activities, and more.
ExamView® Test Bank
Create online tests from questions also available in our ExamView® Test Bank CD. Note that the CD might include questions not available in LaunchPad. Contact your sales representative for more information on this particular ExamView ® Test Bank.