This IRS website was primarily designed for high school teachers. It contains a lesson plan, a tax tutorial, two simulations, two assessments, a fact sheet, and IRS forms. Links to national and state educational standards have also been included. The site appears to be updated annually.
Educational resource to be incorporated in traditional and online classes in the form of in-class presentation/online open discussion forums and homework assignments in the area of taxes.
Internet Browser, Adobe Acrobat Software
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn IRS rules regarding the earned income credit, tax laws, and forms to be filed with the Form 1040 individual tax return.
Target Student Population:
High school, community college, undergraduate accounting/tax educators and students, personal finance class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some knowledge of the federal tax laws, e.g. filing status, as terms such as "joint return" are mentioned.
Content applicable to the earned income credit, is clear, concise, current and relevant. The IRS does appear to be updating the teaching materials annually. An adequate amount of material has been included. Concepts are integrated and summarized well. The tutorial provides the audience with a comprehensive demonstration of the rules related to the earned income credit. The detailed lesson plans, interactive activities, and simulations simplifies the teaching of a difficult topic in an engaging manner.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning objectives have been identified.
Concepts are reinforced progressively, building on prior concepts. The module lays out the relevant tax information in a pragmatic manner.
The short questions are valuable in the learning process.
Being able to use the "back" button is very helpful.
This comprehensive module is very effective and efficient teaching and learning tools. Teachers and students could learn a lot in a short time.
The EIC module on the Internal Revenue Service's Understanding Taxes web site interjects meaningful visualizations and examples to illustrate related tax concepts in a very practical manner.
Prerequisite knowledge has not been explicitely specified.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use. Simple computer skills should suffice.
Questions provided are helpful. When a question is missed, a "back" button is provided so the student can double check why the question was missed.
The layout and design of the web site as well as the resources themselves are professionally designed and visually appealing.
The tutorial teaching/learning method presents complex technical material in a very simple manner.
The tutorial also pauses discussions of concepts at appropriate times to allow for the interjection of an interactive question. This feature allows the audience to process information being presented by providing positive feedback. As a result users can materfully continue through the tutorial.
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