Sep 23, 2018
Courtesy of Overflow Data, here's a map infographic showing median household income broken down by county and state. The data comes from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. A few things to note about the map:
Median household income ranges from about $20,000 (white on the map) to $75,000 (green).
Roll over or select a county to see its name and median household income.
The chart below the map shows median household income on the vertical axis. The size of...
Sep 16, 2018
Chart of the Week, Current Events, Research, Interactive, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
This week's interactive comes courtesy of Overflow Solutions and provides a county-level look at educational attainment.
This tool allows users to compare educational attainment of every county against other counties, the states, and the nation overall. The default is set to Los Angeles, CA and Cook County, IL, but if your students are on a desktop, they can easily adjust to view data from different counties and states. Here's a few notes about the interactive:
The data is collected from...
Sep 09, 2018
Interactive, Career, Employment, Research
While a bit dated (2011), this interactive demonstrates the tremendous changes that have taken place in American jobs over the past 50 years. It's also a really creative approach to displaying this data that econ, personal finance and math teacher alike will enjoy working into their lessons.
Here's what you see when you go to this visualization:
Some orientation about how to utilize this interactive:
You can toggle between SECTOR, GENDER and AGE (upper left of the chart)
The slider bar...
Sep 03, 2018
The single largest purchase that most Americans will make in their lifetimes is their home (although with the cost of college tuition continuing to escalate this may not be the case for long). This interactive provides a history of the home, it's prevailing styles and how it has changed on a decade-by-decade basis. Students will scroll through and witness the ever changing features of the American home. This could be a good hook before your lesson on credit and how people buy homes with...
Aug 27, 2018
Interactive, Career, Chart of the Week, Employment
This fun interactive from Flowing Data offers the chance to explore with your students how and why age affects occupation. The first section offers a basic overview of the top 3 occupations for each age group, giving a nice opportunity for introductory discussion before digging deep into the infographic. Before opening up the interactive or sharing the link, try brainstorming some of those top jobs with your students.
What do you think are the most common jobs for those under...
Aug 20, 2018
Identity Theft, Interactive
With our recent FinCap Friday warning of an impending ATM heist at mass scale, I thought we should continue with this theme and an interactive showing the biggest worldwide data breaches. If you have never been to this site, informationisbeautiful.net, you are in for a real treat!'
Here's the interactive we will be focusing on (you will need to go to the site to experience the interactivity of it):
First, let's me provide some orientation:
The color orange indicates "interesting story"
Aug 13, 2018
Interactive, Current Events, Math
I thought this would be an interesting question and interactive to get your personal finance class off to a great start this year. It takes a step back from talking about money and forces students to think about what they value most when it comes to life. It will also allow them to 1) see what countries match up best with their definition of a better life 2) see how their answers compare with others in the U.S. and 3) have them think about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the U.S....
Aug 05, 2018
Economics, Research, Interactive
This may fall more into the category of Business or Economics but there is a fascinating interactive that shows how land use drives local economies in the U.S..
The designer creatively used a map to give readers some sense of the percentage of land used for each of these purposes. For example, the amount of land used for cow pasture/range would take up much of the midwest. (Note: This is only one of the 13 different graphics so please go to the link to find other surprising map): ...
Aug 01, 2018
Career, Interactive, Employment, Research
I've been on a bit of an interactive binge recently since I know how popular these are in the classroom. Today, the focus is on life skills that we all could improve upon: time management. This interactive pulls back the curtain to analyze the daily routines of the most creative artists, composers and writers (e.g., Beethoven, Picasso, Maya Angelou). This interactive has an added dimension too as jobs of the future that require creativity will be "safer" from the threat of automation...
Jul 29, 2018
Career, Employment, Current Events, Interactive
NY Times interactive allows students to input a job they are interested in and then tells them what job is most opposite to that one.
Here's what happened when I input "Secondary teacher:"
Why do I like this interactive?
Fun way to get students thinking about jobs/careers that they might be interested in (and careers they would NOT be interested in)
Identifies the specific skills used in a given job so students can see how those skills might match their own skills/interests
Jul 24, 2018
Employment, Interactive, Career, Math
The Hamilton Project released another engaging interactive, Where Work Pays [Hat tip to Brian Page for pointing this out].
Here's how it works....
a) Students select an occupation
b) Input an age group
c) Adjust for Cost of living and/or Income Taxes (optional)
d) Toggle between Local or States which will affect the map view.
So, why do I love this interactive. It brings together so many concepts in one activity, including
Career choice (what do you think you want...
Jul 18, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Interactive, Investing, Stocks
Hat tip to Big Picture Blog which pointed to this Jason Zweig article about whether our brains are wired for wealth. It's a great read and buried within it is a reference to the Iowa Gambling Task, which provides a good proxy for decision-making and risk-taking. Here's the premise of the game: you start The game takes about 5-10 minutes and I created a set of reflection questions (below) and here's link to a PBS video explaining the brain science behind the game.
Here's the opening screen...
Jul 15, 2018
Interactive, Career, Employment
Pew has a fascinating interactive that compares generations (Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, Silent) and how their life experiences have changed as seen through data on educational attainment, labor rates, income and marriage rates. Here's one look at rates of female education:
Here's an interesting activity to get students to engage with their parents or grandparents. Think of it as a data-driven opportunity to have one of those "When I was your age" conversations. Your students can ask...
Jul 10, 2018
Investing, Stocks, Interactive, Current Events
Use this interactive to show how the U.S. economy as represented by the DJIA has changed. Click on the start button and you this interactive will show companies entering and leaving the index over time. You can also pause it as these changes occur.
Note: This CNN interactive hasn't been updated to reflect GE getting booted out in June 2018. Who was their replacement? Answer below.
How has the composition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average changed over the years as...
Jul 08, 2018
Interactive, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Purchase Decisions
Ok, I have never been accused of having a designer's eye and answering the five questions in this Marketplace quiz provided further proof of that. I thought this short interactive might lead to interesting conversations about why we buy the things we do and all the psychological factors that play into purchasing decisions (e.g., status vs. function)
Did you do better or worse than you expected picking out the higher-end furniture?