Jan 12, 2020
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson and her students at Glenwood Springs High School in Colorado for sharing this interactive. It helps renters quickly get a sense for the value of what they own and the amount of renter's insurance they may need.
The interactive starts by having students walk through each room in their "apartment." They use a slider bar to indicate how spartan or extravagant their room while the interactive estimates the value of the "stuff" in the room. Here's the intro...
Jan 08, 2020
Interactive, New Products
"Learn the tricks of budgeting" is the tagline for this new NGPF Arcade Game.
Here's a short teaser video to whet your appetite:
Mason and I had a lot of fun piloting Money Magic at a high school in San Mateo, California today.
Here's what we heard from students:
What do I need to save to make it to Vegas for the Big Show?
4 Stars and $20,000 in earnings! What A Show!
Ouch! Boring Magic Act! These critics are tough.
Why is morale so low?
Ooooo...I want to see that fire...
Jan 05, 2020
Interactive, Budgeting, Purchase Decisions, Activities
Hat tip to Kareem for uncovering this CNN interactive to assist those overwhelmed by choice when it comes to streaming services.
The interactive starts with a helpful flow chart showing where fave series like Friends, Parks and Rec and Seinfeld are moving to.
It then lists 8 of the leading streaming services (e.g., HBO Max, Netflix, Apple TV+) with details on what to expect from the service as well as popular movies/shows that will appear.
Here's the details on Disney+:
Jan 02, 2020
Activities, Question of the Day, FinCap Friday, Podcasts, Interactive
We've been posting "Best of 2019 Lists" over the holiday period. In case you missed them, here are links to the posts that list the most popular NGPF resources in each of these categories. Here's to hoping you find some gems here that you can use when classes start up again. Envelopes please...
Question of the Day
Arcade Games and Interactive Library
Product Releases [summary of all of the new NGPF resources developed in 2019]
Thank you to...
Dec 29, 2019
Taxes, Activity, Budgeting, Interactive, Activities
Our December newsletter highlighted the NGPF new product launches from 2019 (there were 12 of them!). Thank you to all the educators who tell us what they need as that drives what we build!
Here's a ranking of the 2019 product releases (with links to product release email in case you missed it the first time):
Infographics To Start The School Year
Top NGPF Resources: One Page Guides
New NGPF Arcade Game: Shady Sam
Revamped Semester Course
Just-In-Time: Updated Taxes Unit...
Dec 23, 2019
2019 saw the release of two new games to the NGPF Arcade: Shady Sam in February and Credit Clash in September. The game developers, McKInney, continue to garner prestigious awards for these games with PAYBACK winning a Webby: Education Games and Shady Sam earning a Bronze from the London International Award (LIA)
Wondering which NGPF Arcade games got the most plays in 2019? Here's the top 5 in order of popularity:
Cat Insanity - missed fourth place by a...
Dec 15, 2019
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson and her students from Glenwood Springs High School (CO) for sharing this health insurance interactive. They conducted this research as part of this NGPF project: Introducing Insurance - You Be The Teacher.
In this Health Insurance Matchmaking Game, students will complete a series of questions with the interactive then recommending what health plan is best for them. For example, the first time I played I answered the questions as a young person might:
Dec 08, 2019
Interactive, Personal Finance, Quizzes
The PISA tests, administered globally by the OECD, measures 15 year-old students' knowledge in mathematics, science and reading. The tests are administered every three years and the country-by-country results were released last week. How does the U.S. stack up in these subject areas? The results are here with summaries on page 6-8.
In addition, the PISA added an optional Financial Literacy test. The results for this test won't be available until later. In the meantime, Brian Page pointed...
Dec 01, 2019
Interactive, Paying for College
Ok, money isn't everything when it comes to evaluating colleges but it's certainly a big thing as the cost of a college degree exceeds 6 figures for most families. As a result, these three letters, ROI (return on investment), seem to be creeping into the conversation for more and more college going students and their families. Calculating the I (investment) has typically been the easier part of the formula. Once you waded through the obtuse financial aid award letters and figured out the "out of...
Nov 24, 2019
Time management is a critical skill for all high school students to master. While students may not have much of their own money to budget, they do have time. This interactive from Flowing Data allows students to see what activities the typical 15-24 year old is doing at a specific time. The students are able to choose three variables: gender, age and time of day. They can toggle the time of day to see how activities will vary throughout the day. Here's an example:
Map out your...
Nov 17, 2019
With the. proliferation of streaming services many consumers are starting to wonder, "Am I really better off cutting the cable cord and signing up for a few streaming services?" This interactive from MarketWatch doesn't answer that question but it does provide some eye-popping numbers about both the lifetime cost and the opportunity cost of signing up for these services.
Step 1: Students first select the streaming services they currently have (or plan to have):
Nov 03, 2019
I can't remember how I found this site but thought it might be engaging to your students because it takes a budgeting principle and allows students to see how it actually applies in their community.
The simulation starts by explaining the 50/30/20 budgeting rule of thumb which is the idea that 50% of budget should be spent on needs, 30% on wants and 20% on savings and paying down debt.
It then has students select from one of three scenarios:
Married couple with 2 children in Boise, Idaho...
Oct 20, 2019
Interactive map from the Census Bureau allows students to scroll over their metro/nearest metro area to find out how long the average commute is:
When you scroll over a given metro area, you get the average commute time and also the various modes of transportation to get there.
Here's my county (Santa Clara, CA):
This would be a good resource to include when students are completing a post-high school or post-college budget. Good starting point for a conversation about the tradeoffs...
Oct 13, 2019
This Work Wise interactive from Bloomberg has students complete a brief questionnaire to find out...
After you complete this survey, the interactive takes you through a series of steps:
Shows how your income stacks up relative to your peers cuz we know that we all love to know information like this.
Provides tips on how you can increase your current salary
Tells you what city you could move to in order to earn more money in your given profession (surprised to learn that personal...
Oct 06, 2019
Interactive, Research, Math, Budgeting
Have your students explore this interactive from the Census Bureau to learn more about the characteristics of single-family homes built and sold in 2018. Putting the cursor over the yellow circle and blue squares in the interactive reveal information about the specific feature in the house. Lots of opportunities for math teachers teaching percents with this interactive as students can calculate how prevalent each home feature is.
What was the median square footage for a new...