Category: Interactive

Interactive Handouts Courtesy of Barbara O'Neill and Kerri Herrild!

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.  Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us. For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...

Interactive: Taking A Skills-Based Approach To Careers

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Aug 01, 2017
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Career, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Interactive
Ask a student what they would like to be when they grow up and you often get a quizzical look along the lines of “How should I know since I have never had a job?” The interactive tools below help you circumvent this by having students identify their skill preferences in jobs which will lead to a list of jobs that match these preferences. A second step in this activity helps students identify jobs that require skills similar to the ones they selected in step one. Taking this...

Interactive: What Does $1,500 In Monthly Rent Buy You in Different Markets?

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Jul 11, 2017
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Interactive, Question of the Day, Research, Budgeting, Chart of the Week
Visual Capitalist provides a great interactive tool for your students to see the wide disparity in the cost of living as seen through rental costs: With rental prices across the country continuing to rise from this demand, there is one question on the minds of many Americans: how and where can dollars spent on housing be stretched the furthest? Why is this important to know? Largest cost item for young people living on their own will be that monthly rent check so they better have a realistic...

NGPF FAVORITES: Our Best OFF TO COLLEGE Resources

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Jul 07, 2017
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Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Budgeting, Savings, Student Loans, Stocks, Current Events, Interactive
This month’s NGPF Favorites List comes from Sid Sharma – one of NGPF’s veteran “Power Interns” who has been with us for 3 years. Sadly, we will wish him well as he heads off to college this fall! We wanted Sid to reflect on his NGPF experience (he has literally “touched” every element in the NGPF curriculum) and highlight the resources that have enabled him to become the knowledgeable, action-oriented, process-innovator that he is today!...

Interactive: Auto Insurance Comparison Shopping

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Jun 29, 2017
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Insurance, Activity, Research, Current Events, Activities, Parent Conversations, Interactive
Hat tip to Talitha Oliveri for pointing out this auto insurance comparison site (we had been looking for one like this for years that didn’t require setting up an account!!!). Your students are required to enter the following information, which will help them understand the factors that impact insurance rates, and they receive actual quotes from leading insurance companies: Car information Type of car Leased vs. financed Purpose of vehicle Miles driven Anti-theft device (yes/no) ...

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Credit Cards?

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Jun 19, 2017
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Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Current Events, Credit Reports, Quizzes, Interactive
Hat tip to Jessica for the heads-up on this resource (yes, the NGPF team does spend hundreds of hours looking for great resources!) Take this NerdWallet 14 question quiz and find out. Please note that there are some tricky questions here that will lead to valuable classroom discussions (I learned some new things): ____________ Want to build your credit card knowledge that can help in your own financial lives? Listen to Sean McQuay of NerdWallet on this NGPF podcast.   ...

Quiz: Can You Outsmart an Identity Thief?

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Jun 07, 2017
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Identity Theft, Quizzes, Interactive
Good ten question quiz to teach your students about many of the methods that identity thieves use to steal your identity. __________ Innoculate your students against identity theft with this NGPF Lesson on the topic or get their attention with this frightening interactive “Have you been hacked?“.   ...

NGPF's Top 15 Activities, Courtesy of Jessica Endlich

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Jun 06, 2017
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Activities, Activity, Budgeting, Personal Finance, Savings, Stocks, Video Resource, Case Study, Interactive
Given the comprehensive nature of our website (full disclosure: Sometimes I forget that we have certain projects/activities/data crunches/blog posts….), teachers often ask us “OK, but what are the best resources that you can recommend?” At that point, we typically turn to Jessica and she always has a few ideas to recommend. So, this month, we asked Jessica to provide us with her “Best of NGPF” specifically for the last days of school. The responses we got from...

Chart of the Week: What Is The Future Of Employment?

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Jun 04, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Employment, Interactive, Entrepreneurship
From Visual Capitalist: Questions for students: Describe how the chart is organized. How did they decide how to arrange the various jobs? How would you describe the types of jobs that are likely to be automated? If the researchers are correct, which jobs are likely to be the most common in our automated future? Which jobs are least likely to be automated? What are the attributes of those jobs that make the less likely to be automated? Are there any surprises in this chart? What jobs do you...

Interactive: Which Tech Giant Would You Drop?

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May 15, 2017
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Interactive, Activity, Personal Finance, Investing, Stocks, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Activities
Here’s a fun and quick interactive from NY Times to get your students thinking about the pervasiveness of technology companies in their lives. Students are forced to rank order the importance of the top five tech companies in their lives by selecting the order by which they would give them up (if forced by an evil monarch:) The five companies: Alphabet (Google is one of their subsidiaries), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft (interesting that three start with the letter...

Interactive: How Did The U.S. Government Spend A Few Trillion Dollars In FY2016?

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May 11, 2017
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Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Interactive
I thought Econ teachers might like this interactive website. Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the L.A. Clippers (A $2 billion purchase) has done a public service by harmonizing data from federal, state and local governments and putting it all on a website, USA Spending.gov (note that this interactive may move here this summer). So, how did the federal government spend $3.85 trillion in FY2016? Note that on the website, you can scroll your mouse over the individual elements to...

Interactive: How Does Your Disposable Income Compare to Peers in Other Countries?

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May 09, 2017
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Question of the Day, Research, WebQuest, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Math, Interactive
From the Guardian comes an interesting interactive which displays long-term trends in disposable income among different age groups in different countries. Students start by entering an age and a country (all G-8 countries are represented) and then see a series of charts that show three different analyses: How has the specific age group seen their real disposable incomes, taking into account inflation, change since 1979? How does their age group stack up with the same age group in different...

Interactive: How Can I Retire Early?

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Apr 30, 2017
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Savings, Activity, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Activities, compound interest, Interactive
As an educator, I often get this question from students. Yes, I know they have attention spans that are minute to minute (or text to text) but when the subject of retirement comes up, they usually fixate on “How can I get there as soon as possible?” What I love about this post from Mr. Money Moustache (last seen on this blog in 2014), is the simplicity of his answer and how it all comes down to ONE factor:  Well, I have a surprise for you. It turns out that when it boils right down...

Interactive Chart: Which Careers Are The Biggest Gamble?

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Apr 27, 2017
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Career, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Employment, Interactive
Hat tip to Of Dollars and Data blog (great content for math educators!) for posting this chart (see the interactive version of the chart from plotly): First, a little orientation: The X axis is hourly median wage for a given career and the Y axis is the differential in wages between the 10th and 75th percentile. So what the graph is telling us is that the careers that have the highest values on the Y axis have the highest percentage increase in wages between top (75th percentile) and bottom...

Interactive: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?

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Apr 17, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Interactive
Great simulation from LA Times allows you to play multiple iterations of the PowerBall lottery to see how even small wins can’t hide the fact that ultimately you will LOSE! Here’s how it works:  Enter a number between 1-69 in each of the first five boxes under Pick your numbers.  Choose a number between 1-26 for the QUICK PICK number. Hit Play! Set a timer to see how long you last before your Balance goes to $0 At the conclusion of the game, you will get a message like this: ...

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