Category: Interactive

Interactive: What are the trends in home prices in your community?

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Jan 20, 2022
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Interactive, Mortgages
One of the surprises during the pandemic has been the steep rise in home prices in so many markets across the country. In fact, 2021 was a record year with prices on existing homes rising 17%.  This interactive from the Federal Reserve, Mapping Home Price Changes, will allow your students to see how home price changes at 1200 counties over time from 2003 to present:  Go to NATIONAL PRICES Tab. Have students familiarize themselves with the color scheme and what it tells them about the...

Interactive: Five Money Musts

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Jan 13, 2022
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Budgeting, Interactive
Five Money Musts is an interactive where students are forced to make trade-offs as they work their way through a budgeting exercise that envisions their lives after they complete their educational journey. The budgeting decisions include: Deciding between three job offers Deciding on an apartment rental taking into account commute time, cost and # of roommates Choosing essential expenses Contributing to a 401k Deciding whether to get a credit card Managing discretionary expenses and...

NGPF Best of 2021: Arcade Games and Interactives

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Dec 15, 2021
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Investing, Budgeting
Wondering which NGPF Arcade games got the most plays in 2021? Envelope, please... The top 5 remained consistent from 2020 with with STAX overtaking Spent for the #1 spot. Our new game, Influenc'd is off to a great start and should contend in 2022:  STAX [Investing] Spent [Budgeting] Payback [Paying for College] Money Magic [Budgeting] Shady Sam [Credit] Credit Clash [Credit] Cat Insanity [Credit] Here are the top 7 interactives that appeared in the NGPF Blog in...

Interactive: What's driving the higher prices of new homes?

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Dec 08, 2021
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Interactive, Mortgages, Economics, Research
Hat tip to Jessica for sharing this interactive. Home prices in many markets have rocketed skyward during the pandemic. While many note the supply/demand imbalances that have been driving prices, there's another factor at work here. Namely, the costs of construction materials for new homes have seen significant increases which get passed along to the buyers in the form of higher prices.  In this interactive from Bloomberg, students will be able to see recent price changes in the various...

Interactive: Data Breaches

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Nov 30, 2021
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Identity Theft, Interactive
Check out this visualization from the website, Information is Beautiful, on data breaches/hacks. Here's just some of the recent breaches:  Questions:  Have you ever been a victim of a data breach/hack?  As you move up the visualization from the year 2005 to 2021, what do you notice about the size and frequency of these events?  What types of companies seem to show up most frequently? Why do you think they are targeted?  On the top right in the SEARCH bar, type in 3...

Interactive: The College Payoff

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Nov 17, 2021
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Paying for College, Math, Interactive
Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this most excellent resource. It's a question that high school graduates (and their families) are asking more and more frequently: Is college worth it? This interactive from Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workplace won't answer that question for students but rather is likely to lead to more thought-provoking questions as they dive into the data.  Scroll down the page to this section which shows the range of lifetime earnings based on highest...

Interactive: What impact does family income have on a child's chance of going to college?

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Nov 10, 2021
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Interactive, Paying for College, Research
Hat tip to teammate, Ryan, for sharing this interactive from The Upshot (subscription required).  What makes this an interactive activity is students get to draw their answer to this question (using a touchpad) on a graph that has family income levels on X axis and college attendance rates on the Y axis. You also get a free tip knowing that your line has to pass through a certain point on the graph.  Once you have made your guess, you can see how your line compares with reality (based...

Interactive: Age and Occupation

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Nov 04, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Math
This interactive from Flowing Data maps the age ranges for 529 different jobs. For math teachers looking to bring summary statistics to life, this may be what you are looking for as it displays min/max, 25th/75th percentile and median values. Here's the top of the chart with one highlighted job: web and digital interface designer (click to go to the interactive):    Each job has five numbers corresponding to the age of people with the job: the min/max, and the 25th and 75th percentile...

Interactive: Can you recognize famous brands with just their logo and their founder's name?

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Oct 27, 2021
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Interactive, Entrepreneurship
This interactive provides an example of the strength of brands and how often they are strongly associated with their founders.  Have your students click on the link below and see how many companies they can identify with the company logo and their founder's name (they may need to watch the loop several times through):  Questions: Which were easiest to identify? Most difficult to identify?  Do you think it's good for a business and its brand to be so closely associated with the...

INTERACTIVE: Think you can time the stock market?

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Oct 06, 2021
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Interactive, Investing
The evolution of FinTech has led to day trading gamification apps such as Robinhood that are available to 18-year-olds. Some students confuse investing and day trading, without realizing the consequences of their decisions. With phones in their hands and day trading apps at their fingertips, we need to work to help students make informed decisions. Teachers have told us time and time again how important it is that we continue to provide or suggest engaging resources to do just that, and the...

Top 5 Interactives Posts: Summer 2021

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Sep 29, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Career, Checking Accounts, Insurance, Savings
Each week on the NGPF blog, we highlight a new, engaging interactive. In each of these posts, we summarize the interactive, provide suggestions for classroom discussion, and include a complementary NGPF student activity or teacher professional development opportunity on the topic. Here are the 5 most popular interactive posts from the summer of 2021:  #1 Dark Patterns At Work: Do you ever feel like you are being manipulated on websites? Unfortunately, dark patterns are all too...

Interactive: Let's Choose A Bank

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Sep 22, 2021
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Checking Accounts, Interactive
Hat Tip to Dr. Barbara O'Neill who shared this Interactive Bank Comparison Tool on social media.  This drag and drop tool is intuitive to use while illustrating common bank and credit union services and fees. Since there are only 12 different credit unions and banks included in this interactive, it's not likely that your students would find their bank. However, it can still be an engaging hook as students comparison shop for banks and learn what fees and services are most important to...

Interactive: Your Financial Well-Being

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Sep 15, 2021
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Interactive, Savings
Many teachers perceive that their personal finance class provides a great opportunity to teach students the skills to improve their financial well-being. This skill development can also reduce the likelihood of future mental health problems that can be brought on by money worries. This longitudinal study found that the financial stress of college students causes depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders (in females). For many lower to moderate-income students, low measures of...

Interactive: Making Budgeting Simple and Illustrative

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Sep 08, 2021
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Budgeting, Interactive
It can be a challenge for students to visualize what money can buy during a budgeting activity without investing significant class time to allow for students to research each choice. The Ohio Lifestyle Calculator budgeting tool is a simple way for students to have a pretty good idea of what they can buy with their dollars in suburban, rural, and urban areas in Ohio. In an ideal world, there would be a lifestyle calculator for every state. If you're worried that students will have a tough...

Interactives: Diving into the Details of the Cost of Living

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Sep 01, 2021
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Interactive, Budgeting, Economics
Where you live has a dramatic impact on your cost of living. As you will see below in the first interactive, a $50,000 earned in New York doesn't go nearly as far as a similar amount in South Dakota. This is an important concept for students to grasp as they consider where they want to settle after high school or college.  Now on to the interactives you can use with your students... Interactive #1: This interactive uses Regional Price Parity (RPP) which estimates how much more or less...