Nov 14, 2018
Thanksgiving break is nearly upon us...the students are getting restless...no better time to unleash the NGPF Interactive Library on them!
Here are the ten most popular NGPF Games [& Interactives), ranked by teacher clicks over the past month:
#10: How Do You Manage Your Time? (Podio)
#9: What's A Millennial? (Goldman Sachs)
#8: Is It Better To Rent or Own? (NY Times)
#7: It Costs What?!* (PBS)
#6: Win the PowerBall! (LA Times)
#5: Compounding Cat Insanity (McKinney)
Nov 11, 2018
Research, Retirement, Behavioral Finance, Interactive
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an interactive that allows a user to type in their home address (info not stored by the site) and find out their life expectancy. I typed in the address for my hometown in New Jersey where I lived the first 22 years of my life and here's what I found:
Here's how I thought you might use this in your classroom:
Have students type in their home address including zip code.
How does the life expectancy of "My area" compare to the county, the state and the...
Nov 06, 2018
Research, Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance, Interactive, Activities, Paying for College
A huge thank you to educators who have shared their excitement about our website and PD offerings to their colleagues. You have helped us expand our impact as we have added over 10,000 teachers to our platform in just the last 12 months. The largest source of new teachers: "word of mouth." This allows NGPF to spend less on marketing our services and more on serving teachers with FREE curriculum, PD and advocacy efforts.
This jump in teachers has translated to tremendous growth with our...
Nov 04, 2018
Information is Beautiful has an interactive act that shows gender pay gap by job for the U.S. and U.K. Here's a sample of the data:
Questions for your students:
Which jobs have the largest pay gap? The smallest?
Do you have ideas on why this gap might be wider for some and narrower for others?
Toggle between the U.S. and U.K. data. Which country appears to have the wider pay gap?
What are actions that companies can take to narrow the gap?
Looking for more...
Oct 28, 2018
Interactive, Employment, Current Events, Research
Today’s Interactive Monday is all about migration. The New York Times uses census data to chart how Americans have moved between states since 1900. The data is sorted state by state with a button to switch between emigration and diaspora views.
In migration mode you can see where the people living in a particular state were born - this chart answers the question “where do the people living in California come from.”
In diaspora mode you can see percentage of people...
Oct 21, 2018
Interactive, Chart of the Week, Article, Career
Last week we looked at how Americans spend their time in the typical day using Flow Data’s article Counting the Hours.
This week we’re looking at their follow up article using the same data but exploring how age, sex, and time of day influence our activities.
Before diving deep into the infographic take some time to make some predictions with your students. For each group below try to identify which group might spend the most time (1) working, (2) socializing, or (3)...
Oct 14, 2018
Interactive, Economics, Current Events
I woke up this morning to a cool interactive from NYT (hat tip to Big Picture Blog) with a map of every building in America. Just type in any town or city that you are interested in and you see a satellite view with the outlines of every building in that area. You can hook your students by telling them they have been hired to be economic development sleuths. They will be using satellite views of their community to figure out what drives their local economy.
So, for example, here's a...
Oct 08, 2018
Interactive, Chart of the Week, Article
Today’s Interactive Monday comes to us from Flowing Data’s Nathan Yau in a three part series using the 2014 American Time Use Survey to explore how we spend our days and nights. Since 2003 the Census Bureau has been asking thousands of Americans to report on their time use for one 24 hour period.
The Data Set
Yau approaches the data set by sorting out how much time is spent in each activity, exploring how age, sex, and time of day influence our activities, and...
Sep 30, 2018
Interactive, Career, Research
This week’s interactive comes to us from Axios and shows the relationship between wages and employment growth over time and across occupations. The chart is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and compares data from the years 2009 and 2017. A few notes about the chart:
Each bubble shows a different occupation. Hovering over the bubble brings up the details for the occupation. The size of the bubble represents the number of workers in that occupation...
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"