Category: Interactive

Interactive: A Simple Tool to Weed Out Fake Amazon Reviews

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Aug 25, 2021
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Interactive, Budgeting
ReviewMeta analyzes Amazon product reviews and filters out reviews that our algorithm detects may be unnatural. Amazon sellers have found all kinds of ways to "game the system" to artificially inflate their products' ratings (and also to artificially lower their competitors' ratings). A significant portion of the Amazon reviews and ratings you see are NOT from legitimate, typical shoppers like us. Many of the reviews are biased (from family/friends of the seller), incentivized (the seller gave...

Interactive: Salary Inflation Calculator

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Aug 18, 2021
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Interactive, Career
A strong economy brings with it an uptick in demand-pull inflation, and eventually, cost-push inflation. The benefits and consequences of inflation could be a blog post series in itself (Look for a new On-Demand next week focused on inflation). As inflation pertains to our students, it is important to bring up the concept of earning a cost of living increase. Simply put, if inflation is 3%, and our students receive a 3% raise, they are earning 3% more nominal dollars but in "real" terms, they...

Behavioral Economics Interactive: Decision Lab

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Aug 11, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance
Think of the Decision Lab as an interactive bias dictionary, with all of the practical information you need to help your students understand: What the bias is and where it most frequently occurs How the bias affects folks How to avoid the bias  Examples of the bias This interactive bias dictionary is the perfect complement to our comprehensive Behavioral Economics unit. If you have yet to have a chance to review the unit, start by checking these lessons and activities out, all of which...

Interactive: Reading a Pay Stub

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Aug 04, 2021
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Interactive, Budgeting, Taxes
This interactive helps students understand their paystubs. It's simple, engaging, and can be used in a wide variety of classrooms. Here are a few ways students will engage with the interactive: Drag and drop activity using common paystub items and abbreviations. Analyze and interpret pay stubs. Calculate various prompts using pay stubs. Here are some discussion starters and activities you can use to follow up using the interactive: Why do you think businesses are responsible for subtracting...

INTERACTIVE: A Family Budget

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Jul 28, 2021
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Budgeting, Interactive
EPI’s Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living. Compared with the federal poverty line and the Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America. The Family Budget Map offers a view of cost of living for a two-parent, two-child family across the United States at the county level. Here are some discussion questions you could ask...

Interactive: Wage Growth Tracker

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Jul 21, 2021
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Economics, Career, Interactive
? For more Economics related resources, check out our Econ Directory!   If you’ve seen headlines or social media posts complaining that they can’t find workers, you’re not alone. It’s likely this trend will continue into the ‘21/’22 school year so students will likely have questions. This is a good time to expose students to labor market basics (Video Alternative) so they understand that what employers in some sectors will end up doing is raising...

Interactive: Investments, Careers, and Locations -- Oh My!

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Jul 14, 2021
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Interactive, Investing, Career
The linked interactive tool above allows students to explore the nation’s largest publicly traded companies and career opportunities with each of them. The S&P 500 or QQQ and Market Cap are the primary filters to use when exploring. The tutorial below is less than 3 minutes and illustrates how to use the tool. Here are some ideas for classroom discussion questions and NGPF ready-made resources you can use to follow up:  What is the S&P 500? [NGPF S&P 500 Interactive...

Interactive: Per Inpatient Day Hospital Expenses

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Jul 07, 2021
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Insurance, Interactive
This KFF Interactive allows students to compare the average daily costs of receiving hospital inpatient care over time in the United States, and in different states. The highlighted example above compares those costs over 20 years in California and Georgia. The data includes all operating and non-operating expenses for registered US community hospitals, defined as nonfederal short-term general and other special hospitals whose facilities and services are available to the public. Adjusted...

Interactive: Jobs Charted by State and Salary

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Jun 30, 2021
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Career, Interactive
I love this Jobs Charted by State and Salary interactive for a quick classroom hook. It’s simple and intuitive for students to use and is an illustrative first look at employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Students can see how career sectors vary from state to state and how salaries vary from one career to the next.  Here are some discussion starters and activities you can use to follow up using the interactive:  Which careers do you think are growing the...

Using Active Learning to Teach Asset Classes

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Jun 23, 2021
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Investing, Interactive
We announced the release of our Investing Unit Revamp last week. Included in the revamp was the INTERACTIVE: Exploring Asset Classes, which used the Novel Investor Interactive as a springboard for student questions.  We designed this Up and Moving Implementation to part #1 of the lesson that includes two brief up and moving activities to kick off the class and cards you can use for each activity. You can also use your own sticky notes. In the first activity, students will be assigned an...

INTERACTIVE: Your Financial Personality Type

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Jun 16, 2021
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Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Quizzes, Interactive
This straightforward interactive is easy for students to use and can help them understand their own financial personality and some customized behavior strategies. I took the quiz myself and apparently, I am a Fitbit Financier, which means: “You check your online bank account and track your spending as often as someone training for an extreme sporting event measures their calorie intake, resting heart rate and sleep quality. As well as obsessing over credit card points, you probably like...

Interactive: Social Salaries Calculator

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Jun 09, 2021
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Interactive, Career
  A big thanks to Derek D’Angelo for sharing this resource! From what we’re hearing, more and more kids want to grow up and become social media influencers. Using various industry estimates, LICKD has created a social salary calculator to uncover how many social media engagements are needed to earn the desired salary entered into the calculator.    Before setting students free to use the calculator, you can take note of some classroom guesses and see how close they...

Interactive: Dark Patterns At Work

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May 26, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance
Hat tip to Jenny Nicholson for sharing this game, Terms and Conditions. Do you ever feel like you are being manipulated on websites? Unfortunately, dark patterns are all too prevalent on websites and apps. What's a Dark Pattern?  As defined by expert Harry Brignull, dark patterns "are tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn't mean to, like buying or signing up for something." The first step in not succumbing to these dark patterns is awareness which is why...

Interactive Wednesday: This NEW Interactive is on FIRE!

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May 18, 2021
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Interactive, Investing
FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early. It is a movement in the space of personal finance that encourages people to live well within their means, and aggressively save money towards early retirement.  If you don’t know a lot about the FIRE movement, I encourage you to watch this 9 minute segment on PBS NewsHour or listen to our podcast with what many consider to be the godfather of the FIRE movement, JL Collins, who also wrote The Simple Path to Wealth.    ...

Interactive: Credit Card Statement

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May 04, 2021
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Credit Cards, Interactive
Are you looking for an interactive to help students learn more about the fine print of a credit card statement? You’re in luck. The AEI Managing Money: Reading a Credit Card Statement is perfect and can be paired nicely with our activity and teacher tip video The Fine Print: Credit Card Statement.   Check out our On Demand: 3 Lesser-Known Cards to learn more about a secured credit card, as well as a payroll card and prepaid card. It is free PD, one hour at a time, on your own time....