EdPuzzle Thursday - MANAGING CREDIT: Strategies for Paying Down Debt

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Apr 24, 2019
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EdPuzzle Thursday
Want to assign videos with built-in questions? We will be releasing a new EdPuzzle video here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. We are excited to share with you a new video each week and a new topic each month! To wrap up April's theme of Managing Credit, here is an Edpuzzle video from Bank of America that explores the Snowball and High Rate Methods to help folks create a sustainable plan in paying down debt. ...

QoD: What percent of Gen. Z drivers are buying used cars (instead of new)?

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Apr 24, 2019
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: 63% Questions: Do you think the first car that you buy will be a new or used car? Explain. What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying a used car?  Why do you think a lower percentage of older generations buy used instead of new?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (WSJ; subscription required): “Gen Z buyers’ participation in the new-car space is declining year after year,”...

QoD: For those who struggle paying medical bills, what is the main cause: chronic illness or one-time event?

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Apr 23, 2019
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Insurance, Question of the Day
Answer: One-time event Questions: Why do you think that one time or short-term medical expenses more frequently cause people to struggle with medical bills?  What are steps that people can take to prepare for these unforeseen medical expenses?  How does knowing this information impact how you think about health insurance?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Kaiser Family Foundation):  Among...

Chart of the Week: Most Common Types of Medical Bills (For Those Struggling to Pay Them)

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Apr 23, 2019
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Insurance, Chart of the Week, Research
  Questions: What are the top 3 medical bills when it comes to their dollar amounts?  Which bills fits into the category of high frequency but low cost?  Which of the bills listed would you describe as "predictable?" ------------------------ Looking for more Charts of the Week? It's a regular weekly feature and here's some of the recent ones.   ...

Just One Resource - COMPARE: Types of Savings Accounts

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Apr 22, 2019
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource] COMPARE: Types of Savings Accounts The Gist: Students conduct research to compare different types of savings accounts that they can use.  The Best Parts: Students explore a range of savings accounts including traditional, online, CDs, and Money Market...

QoD: What college major has the highest earnings premium when comparing recent college grads to high school grads?

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Apr 22, 2019
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Answer: STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Questions: Why do you think college graduates with STEM majors earn more than other majors?  Should you choose a college major based on information like this? What other factors might you consider in deciding what you want to study? This data shows the annual earnings premium for a college grad in their early 20s relative to a high school grad at the same age. If a high school grad is earning about $25,000 in their early 20's,...

QoD: Who has the highest credit score between the ages of 18 and 30?

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Apr 21, 2019
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Credit Scores, Research
Answer: 18 year olds with average FICO score of 713 Questions:  Based on the chart above, why do you think that 18 year olds have the highest credit score among 18-30 year olds? Between what two ages do you see the sharpest drop? What do you think happened to cause this drop?  What are steps that you can take to have a high credit score when you are 18?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from...

Interactive Monday: Test Your Credit Score Knowledge

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Apr 21, 2019
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Interactive, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson for sharing this credit score quiz with us.  What's to like about the quiz? It's short (12 questions) It's thorough: covers what factor goes into a credit score, who cares about your credit score and the cost of not having a good credit score. It's a good review after you have completed your managing credit unit.  ----------------- Here are two teacher favorites when it comes to credit score activities to engage your students: Interactive: FICO...

Reading List for a holiday weekend (April 20-21)

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Apr 19, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Career, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Payment Types, Retirement, Current Events
Financial Literacy NGPF is in this list of quality free curriculum (and training) for personal finance teachers—no excuse for not being prepared!(Marketwatch) Need some inspiration this weekend? Read this Marketwatch piece about Troy Murphy’s pursuit of spreading financial literacy. NGPF fellow Kerri Herrild’s Giving Project and Daniel LaSalle’s Philly Financial Cooperative are the beneficiaries of Troy’s work. Then listen to the podcasts Tim has done with all...

Podcast: Investing Panel with Jonathan Clements and Bill Bernstein in March 2019

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Apr 19, 2019
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Investing, Podcasts, Stocks, Behavioral Finance
What follows is a summary of the Investing panel discussion held at the NGPF Summit in mid-March 2019 in San Francisco. The all-star panel included Bill Bernstein, financial theorist, neurologist, and financial adviser/author, and Jonathan Clements, WSJ columnist, author, educator and blogger at the HumbleDollar.com. Apologies for the inconsistent sound quality.  Details 0:00~4:25 Introduction 4:25~12:42 The stock market game’s traps 12:42~24:20 Importance of friends and...

FinCap Friday: Check-Up On Your Paycheck!

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Apr 18, 2019
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FinCap Fridays, Taxes
This week we dive into the controversy over missing income tax refund checks! Many U.S. taxpayers were expecting an income tax refund, only to find out after filing that they either received less than previous years or didn't get a refund at all. Many were left angry and confused because the results of their tax filing was not what they were accustomed to in the past. Play this FinCap Friday to clear up all the confusion and find out why so many Americans had this frustrating...

Tech Tool Review: Quizlet Live

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Apr 18, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Interactive
NGPF Fellow Joy Tavano (North Kingstown Senior High School, RI) provides this awesome overview of how to use Quizlet Live. And don't forget, NGPF has a bank of prebuilt Quizlet sets you can use on our Quiz Games Library.  Name of the Tool: Quizlet Live Cost: Free when creating random teams; $3 per month to customize teams Use Case: Quizlet Live is great to use when you want students to work together to learn vocabulary words. Implementation Guidance: Quizlet is a great tool for a...

EdPuzzle Thursday - MANAGING CREDIT: 7 Ways to Maintain a Good Credit Score

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Apr 17, 2019
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EdPuzzle Thursday
Want to assign videos with built-in questions? We will be releasing a new EdPuzzle video here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. We are excited to share with you a new video each week and a new topic each month! This week's EdPuzzle is a humorous video from the "It's a Money Thing" series, where Jenny learns from her credit score squirrel friend about 7 different ways she can maintain a good credit score!  ...

QoD: Can you identify the brands associated with these marketing slogans?

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advertising, Question of the Day
We are exposed to brands and slogans on a continual basis in our lives. See how many of these brands associated with these marketing slogans that your students can come up with.  --------------------  Can you identify the brands with these popular marketing slogans that are anagramed?  (Idea from Morning Brew, fun time creating my own) Example: Please don't squeeze the RICH MAN --> CHARMIN America runs on KIN DUN Just DOT I Breakfast of MACHO PINS Melts in your mouth, not...

Advocacy In Action: Inspiring Testimony from Brett Burkey of Florida

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advocacy
Here's the video with Brett's testimony starting around 27:30: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2019031383&Redirect=true Good Afternoon. My name is Brett Burkey, I’ve taught high school in Palm Beach County for nearly 35 years and I’m the Assistant Director of the FAU Center for Economic Education, providing professional development for teachers of Economics and Personal Finance in South Florida and around the state.  I thank you for the...

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