Category: Checking Accounts

21 Personal Finance Movies and Documentaries

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Feb 24, 2021
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Personal Finance, Checking Accounts
The Banker was recently released on Apple+, and in my opinion, is the best personal finance movie of all time. It incorporates the realities of wealth building, banking, investing in property, and lending. Multiple scenes could be cut and used as a hook to illustrate to students in an entertaining way key personal finance concepts.  The Banker is based on a true story. Although our country still has a ways to go, the movie reveals the discrimination that Black Americans faced at that time...

Four Interactives to Engage Your Students

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Jan 12, 2021
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Interactive, Paying for College, Investing, Checking Accounts, Behavioral Finance
Interactives are clearly popular resources in the classroom. Paired with each interactive are professional development opportunities for teachers to build their content knowledge. Filing a FAFSA College enrollment and FAFSA applications have plummeted, presumably because of Covid. Teachers are clearly encouraging students to file FAFSAs, and can use all the help they can get. The following interactive will help students  see for themselves that they can likely afford college. Student...

Question of the Day: How many of the top 5 finance apps can you name?

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Dec 13, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: Questions:  Why do you think these person-to-person apps are so popular (top 3 on the list)? When do you think people find these apps most useful? Do you have any finance apps on your phone? Why or why not? What do you think are the most important criteria in choosing which finance apps to use? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (App Annie and Digital Trends with chart showing features of top 3): With...

Question of the Day: Did a higher percentage of families use online banking OR write a check within a 12 month period?

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Nov 15, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Questions:  How would your family have answered this question?  Are you surprised that over 60% of families had written a paper check in the last 12 months? What might be reasons they write checks? Analyze the changes since 2016. Which of the two (online banking or paper checks) saw a more dramatic change?  Why do you think that more than 20% of families don't use online banking?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...

Question of the Day (Updated): What is the average fee when you overdraw your checking account using your debit card?

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Nov 02, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: $33.47 Questions: What do you think are the reasons that people spend more money than what they have in their checking accounts?  What has been the trend with overdraft fees since 1998? Why do you think banks are charging more for fees (on average)?  What are the ways that you can prevent your account from being overdrawn (spending more than you have in your account)?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can...

Question of the Day (Updated): How many checks does the average American write each year?

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Sep 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: 36 Questions: If you have a checking account, how many checks have you written in the past month? What do you think are the most common expenses that people write checks for?  What do you think the answer to the number of checks would be for the average teenager with a bank account? Do you think the answer to this question will change in the next five years? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Question of the Day (Updated): 93% of employees receive their paycheck via: a) Cash b) Direct Deposit c) Check

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Sep 14, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: Direct Deposit Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Questions:  In your own words, what do you think direct deposit is? What do you think might be a few advantages to receiving your paycheck this way? In order to receive a paycheck via direct deposit, what does an employee need to have?  Many employees use direct deposit to split their paycheck between their checking and savings accounts. What do you think is...

What's New With Checking -- 2020

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Aug 13, 2020
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Checking Accounts
Why open a checking account, and how to find one for you? Operating in cash during a pandemic became difficult pretty quickly. Although anecdotes suggest people were hoarding cash initially, it has been increasingly difficult to use, as lack of circulating currency means stores are often short of coins. During the pandemic, half of Americans surveyed said they use contactless payments.   Furthermore, stimulus checks and other government benefits come much faster if they are directly...

Virtual Adaptation - PLAY: Payment Decisions

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Jul 13, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Checking Accounts
In the activity PLAY: Payment Decisions, students will determine which payment type to use in a variety of scenarios. Students will weigh the pros, cons, and financial impact of using cash, a debit/prepaid card, a credit card, or P2P payment. There are many creative ways this activity can be incorporated in the classroom. We've listed some ideas that may work well for a synchronous or asynchronous virtual learning environment.      Synchronous Environment Ideas: Display the...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Checking Accounts & A Cashless Society

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May 27, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Checking Accounts
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week we have two EdPuzzle videos; one focusing on checking accounts and one answering the question - is cash going extinct?   The first EdPuzzle video titled "Know Your Checking Account" reviews how to write a...

Question of the Day (Update): What percent of Gen Z has never written a physical check to pay a bill?

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May 25, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: around 33% Questions: Did this number surprise you? Why or why not? What are examples of bills that might require a physical check? As Gen Z gets older, do you expect this number to be higher or lower? Explain. Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Forbes): "Young adults are using peer-to-peer payments more than the two generations before them. That’s despite...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Banks vs Credit Unions

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May 20, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Checking Accounts
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video titled "Are Credit Unions Better Than Big Banks?" reviews the pros, cons, and fees of big banks and credit unions.       Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Question of the Day (UPDATED): How many of the top 10 Financial Apps can you Name?

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May 19, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Budgeting
Here's the leader board as of 5/17/20 (from SimilarWeb): Questions:  Do you have financial apps on your phone? If so, which do you use most often? If not, why not?  What are the pros of cons of using your mobile phone to manage your bank account? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (from Forbes): As more payments take place electronically and bank branches slowly disappear,...

Question of the Day: What method of payment has seen the largest increase in the past month: Cash or Contactless Payments?

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Apr 22, 2020
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Checking Accounts, Credit Cards, Question of the Day
Answer: Contactless payments Questions:  Have you ever used “Tap to Pay” or contactless payment?  Do you think that consumers will go back to paying with cash in a few years or will they continue this trend toward contactless payments?  What do you think are the pros/cons of this specific form of payment? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Bloomberg): ...

Question of the Day: What percent of 13-17 year olds have a debit card?

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Mar 24, 2020
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day
Answer: 40% Questions: Do you have a debit card? If so, when did you get it and what purchases do you use it for? If not, when do you plan to get one? Does it surprise you that twice as many 13-17 year olds have a debit card compared to a credit card? Which account is a debit card typically attached to? What’s the difference between a debit card and a credit card? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...