What this AP Macroeconomics Teacher Thinks About the AP Daily Videos

  • Dozens of APUSH, APGov, and AP Psych videos.
  • All of the Matt Romano, Rebecca Sealock, Jennifer Raphaels, and Jen Filosa AP Daily Macroeconomic videos.
  • All of the Steve Heimler, Jacob Reed, Jeff Lovett, and Jacob Clifford AP Macroeconomic videos.
  • That the information found on each slide is so well written and formatted that the students who want to take notes need only take screenshots of the slides, rather than have to listen over and over again to what the video-producing teacher has said to get the gist of the message. To put it another way, I find the AP Daily videos infinitely more “note-taking friendly” than any of the videos produced by the Cliffords, Heimlers, etc., though I think these teachers have also produced high-quality videos. I, in fact, show some of their videos in class on occasion, though only after having had my students watch the AP Daily videos.
  • That the AP Daily video-producing teachers don’t attempt to interject humor, movie clips, silly faces, and sound effects into their videos. I prefer the no-nonsense, I’m not-going-to-waste-your-time approach; finding the alternative, and their attempts to engage, generally an unwanted distraction.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with the ability to hold my students accountable to the watching of the videos by way of an online, though often administered in class, AP Classroom Topic Question Quiz.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with an indication of the extent to which the students in each of my three Macroeconomics classes have answered the AP Classroom Topic Question Quiz questions correctly.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with an indication of the extent to which my students have “watched” each of the assigned videos.
  • That AP Classroom does not allow students to skip through a video and still earn credit for having “watched” the video. Students must watch the entire video for AP Classroom to so register.

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High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.

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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone

High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.

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