We've got Bitcoin!

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May 13, 2018
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Cryptocurrencies, Current Events

Raise your hand if you've got a nagging feeling "I should really be talking about Bitcoin in class" but a sinking feeling, "I'm not sure I'm an expert on the topic." For your convenience, here's everything NGPF's got on Bitcoin, all in one handy blog post: 

Is Bitcoin a Bust? [Lesson]

This lesson was created by two teacher members of our NGPF community, Amanda Volz (St. Clair High School, St. Clair, MI) and Brian Page (Reading Community High School, Reading, OH). It's got all the components of a full lesson, including a proper "Bell Ringer," a slide presentation, and student handout. If you look at page 2, they've got links to some great articles, too. 

Let's Go Bitcoin-ing [Number Chug]

This NGPF-created Number Chug features two graphs and seven scaffolded math questions (over 3 sections). The math covers Algebra I topics of graphical analysis, percent change, and growth rate. There's even a tiny bit of science regarding energy, electricity, and carbon emissions -- those bitcoins don't mine themselves!

What's Cryptocurrency? (And How to Understand Bitcoin) [Video]

This introductory video (~9min) to bitcoin is hosted by one of NGPF's favorites, MissBeHelpful, who explains Bitcoin in a fashion you can follow. You can follow it up with Yanely's "Part II" Buying + Sending Bitcoin On Coinbase App - Pros & Cons (~12min)

Given $10K to invest, what would be the #1 choice for millennials?  [Question of the Day]

 Hint: Nearly 10% of millennials say they'd buy virtual currency such as Bitcoin.

What is Bitcoin and How Does Cryptocurrency Work? (A primer) [NGPF Blog Post]

Written in summer 2017, this NGPF blog post is about a year old now, but aside from the specific data about the popularity of Bitcoin, most points are still accurate and relevant. This blog post has numerous citations and links to outside resources, so you can really go down the rabbit hole of learning more about Bitcoin. 

We hope this set of resources removes any anxiety you have over teaching Bitcoin to your high school or college students. Let us know if there's a great Bitcoin or cryptocurrency resource we're missing!

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Update (5/14/18)

Cryptocurrency Explained (Unchained Podcast)

Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

About the Author

Jessica Endlich

When I started working at Next Gen Personal Finance, it's as though my undergraduate degree in finance, followed by ten years as an educator in an NYC public high school, suddenly all made sense.