Category: Current Events

NGPF On-Demand: New Trends in Building Credit

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Mar 01, 2021
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Professional Development, Credit Scores, Current Events
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 20 modules available is “New Trends in Building Credit”. This module dives into FinTech companies that have created access to credit without a credit score.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Share key takeaways of Buy Now, Pay Later platforms. Here is a peek at some of the responses:  ...

Celebrating Black History Month: Black Experts Weigh in on What’s Missing from the Wealth Gap Conversation

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Feb 19, 2021
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Activities, Current Events
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Deviating from our previous posts featuring the work of one individual, today we draw your attention toward this interview conducted by Courtney Stith for Acorns + CNBC on the Grow website.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: This is the ‘most obvious’ thing missing from the racial wealth gap...

My Classroom Podcast: Conversations With NGPF Fellows (Current Events)

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Feb 11, 2021
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Podcasts, Current Events
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers who will share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. In this week's episode, we speak to a wonderful group of NGPF Fellows. During this particularly stressful year, the NGPF Fellows dedicate time on Saturday mornings to meet up, check-in on one another, and share helpful tips & classroom...

Question of the Day (Updated): What's the average cost of a 30 second Super Bowl ad?

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Feb 07, 2021
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Advertising, Current Events
Answer: $5.5 million Here's one of the Super Bowl ads:  Questions: What is this specific advertiser trying to accomplish in this commercial? What do you they want you to remember about their brand? In an era with so many streaming services that have trained consumers to watch shows without any ads, why do advertisers spend so much on Super Bowl ads? Which types of companies do you think benefit the most from their Super Bowl ads? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Is The Stock Market Irrational?

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Feb 03, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing, Current Events
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 "Is the Stock Market Irrational?" investigates whether the stock market accurately reflects what companies are worth or governed by the emotions and biases that all humans are subject to. ...

A 15 minute primer on GameStop with Yanely and Tim

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Jan 29, 2021
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Investing, Current Events
Note: This segment is also the beginning segment of the NGPF podcast this week. ---------------------- Yanely and Tim bring you up to speed on recent developments with GameStop stock. Also, check out NGPF's lastest FinCap Friday on this topic: https://www.ngpf.org/blog/fincap-friday/fincap-friday-until-the-game-stops/ ...

A Worrying Trend for High School Seniors

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Jan 26, 2021
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Paying for College, Current Events, Research
As of January 15th, 2021, only one out of three high school seniors have filed a FAFSA -- which is down about 10% from this time last year, according to the FAFSA Tracker which uses data from the U.S. Department of Education. And the numbers are even worse for seniors who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FAFSA completions are down by 13%) and students of color (down by 15.4%). Here is what makes this such a worrying trend: NerdWallet estimated that students who are Pell Grant-eligible missed...

Question of the Day: What percent of 10-12 year olds admit to making in-app purchases on mobile games?

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Jan 13, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting, Current Events
Answer: 75% Questions: What mobile games do you currently play? Have you ever made any in-app purchases? Explain what you bought and the reasons why. What are the ways that game developers “nudge” players to make in-app purchases? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Statista): The gaming software industry depends on three monetization models to make such mammoth profits: consumers may simply buy...

Collaboration Series: The Costs of COVID

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Jan 04, 2021
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Tips for Teachers, Current Events
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at a VPD session titled "The Costs of COVID."  This VPD explores COVID costs like treatment and personal protective equipment and also reviews best practices for...

Question of the Day; Can you name three of the most popular New Year's resolution for 2021?

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Jan 03, 2021
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Current Events, Question of the Day
Answer: Questions: Do you think that making New Year's resolutions are a good idea? Explain.  How would you categorize the items that typically show up on a list of popular resolutions?  Do you have any New Year's resolutions? If so, what are they? If not, why not? What are some strategies that you can use to make resolutions stick? Have you had success with these in the past? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Last Reading List for 2020

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Dec 31, 2020
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Current Events
Just For Fun Do you have a Robinhood account? Did you get a 2020 activity recap like you did from Spotify? (NYT)   Pandemic Stories  Here is an example of how a community comes together to help a family farm restructure for survival. (NYT) Can colleges reward (pay) college students for following the rules to keep Covid-19 under control back on campus? (NYT)   Here are a few articles putting 2020 in perspective: This one is a repeat: the NYT sums up the state of the US economy...

Reading List for December 24-27

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Dec 24, 2020
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Current Events
We will keep this week’s list short…a few economic updates and a few holiday articles. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday!!   Holiday News I don’t know about you, but I know a few of my holiday packages have been “in transit” for weeks now! To say the U.S. Postal Service is having issues is an understatement. Take your pick here: (WSJ-subscription) (CNN) (Vox) Christmas tree sales are up as people look for a little cheer this year. This article...

Best of 2020: FinCap Friday

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Dec 21, 2020
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Current Events
FinCap Fridays combine a 5-question competition with a 2 minute video to energize classrooms. With close to 100 episodes to choose from, FinCap Fridays will keep you and your students up-to-date in this fast changing world of personal finance. NGPF Team member Yanely Espinal, a.k.a. Miss Be Helpful, provides the explainer videos that break down financial current events in ways that your students will understand.  Here are the top 10 FinCap Fridays from 2020: Romance & Finance Cars...

Reading List for December 18-20

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Dec 18, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Economics, Cryptocurrencies
The New York Times will be free to high school students and teachers through September 2021, sign up here!. During this time, expect to see a few more articles from the NYT than you have been seeing in the reading list.   Pandemic One vaccine (Pfizer) is being administered as I type, as a second one (Moderna) is about to receive emergency authorization. Great news! But watch out for vaccine scams! (WAPO) Not only are female workers taking a disproportionate hit to income during the...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Eviction

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Dec 09, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Current Events
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 "Who's To Blame For Evictions?" explains the process of eviction and relief that has been given during the current pandemic.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit...