Jan 13, 2019
Interactive, Career, Employment, Policy
Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this interactive that compares company maternity leave policies in a visual way:
It took me a minute to orient myself to this bubble chart. This chart represents the maternity leave policies of over 1,800 U.S. companies with the size of the bubble representing the number of weeks of paid maternity leave provided. The 0's on the perimeter of the circle are all the organizations with 0 paid time maternity leave policies. As your scroll down the page, you...
Jan 06, 2019
Interactive, Taxes, Current Events
Thanks to Jessica, knee-deep in updating NGPF's Tax Unit the past few days, for passing along this excellent tax interactive from the National Priorities Project. Budgets are important. Why? One can tell a lot by analyzing them. They reflect a person, a company or, in this case, a country's priorities.
This interactive, Your Federal Income Tax Receipt, allows students to see the current federal priorities funded by their income taxes and the taxes paid by their parents/guardians. After...
Dec 28, 2018
Webinar, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Interactive
NGPF Webinars build content knowledge, provide ideas for NGPF activities that educators can use in your classroom and share best practices. Here are the top NGPF Webinars from 2018:
5. Teaching Soft Skills for the 21st Century!
4. Brush Up On Investing
3. NGPF Semester Course: Planning for Success
2. STAX: The Newest Game to Teach Investing
1. Getting Started with Google Classroom
Earn PD hours by watching one more of the webinars in our in...
Dec 16, 2018
Interactive, Checking Accounts, Research
It's easy to lose track when you are getting nickeled and dimed every month with a non-network ATM fee here or a monthly maintenance fee there or even that dreaded overdraft fee. Have you ever pondered that depressing thought of what that might amount to over a lifetime? This interactive from NerdWallet does that very analysis, by calculating the bank expenses one would pay over a lifetime based on a certain set of assumptions about the cost of various fees and the number of occurrences. ...
Dec 09, 2018
Interactive, Budgeting, Research
Thanks to Beth Tallman for pointing out this interactive map from Overflow Solutions:
Color: Blue is lower poverty and orange/red is higher poverty rate
Graph on right tracks the individual state poverty rates from 2009-2017
The U.S. map also tracks data from 2009-17 allowing students to see the time series unfold
Use this resource to discover how these poverty rates are determined. In your own words, what does it mean to live in poverty?
How have the poverty...
Dec 02, 2018
Paying for College, Interactive, Research, Student Loans
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz for passing along this great resource called TuitionTracker.
It's easy for your students and their parents to pick up on the high cost of college. Headlines trumpet colleges that have now crossed the $70,000/year threshold. What is less understood is the fact that on average private colleges are now almost discounting tuition by 50%. Of course, 50% off a $40,000 sticker price is still $20,000/year which is challenging for most of your students. But I digress....
Nov 29, 2018
Investing, Interactive, Index Funds, Behavioral Finance
How do you think recent investors in GE are feeling about their decision?
Would you hold on after a monthly drop of 30% in the stock price?
Interesting read from the Capital Speculator here about how investors can be influenced to act impulsively in the early years (I think it could be days) of a new investment. As someone who can speak from experience, there is nothing worse than seeing a recent investment go negative soon after your purchase. The bubble thoughts that start floating...
Nov 25, 2018
Interactive, Budgeting, Mortgages, Current Events, Research
Data visualization provides a county-by-county view on housing affordability. Here's the map of the U.S.:
First, a little orientation. The map is color-coded based on the calculation of median home value divided by the median household income. As an example, here's Crook County, Wyoming:
The higher the ratio, the lower the housing affordability. In terms of the color-coding, blue is more affordable while orange-red is least affordable.
What housing affordability trends...
Nov 15, 2018
PRO Tip from NGPF, Checking Accounts, Interactive
THE PROBLEM: You've got an online bank simulation that I can use for free!?!?! Tell me more...
THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear a PRO Tip on how to use our online bank simulation and the accompanying short and extended version activities.
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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)...