Podcasts In The Classroom: Finding Data on the Price of College

Apr 19, 2021
Podcasts In The Classroom

After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) revolves around where the public can find data on the price of college and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Martin Van Der Werf (Associate Director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce), Ron Lieber (Author of The Price You Pay for College), and Mark Salisbury (Founder of TuitionFit) speak about where people can find useful data on colleges.

How can you implement this in your classroom? Try having students listen to ONE of the podcast clips and then complete the Google form. You could then have them pair-share with another student who listened to a different podcast OR put three students in a breakout room, have them each take one of the podcasts, and then share what they learned. 

If you would like to stay on the topic of Paying for College, be sure to check out the activities on the Paying for College Unit Page as well as the award-winning game, Payback


Check out our past Podcasts in the Classrooms (we will be releasing a new one every two weeks):

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About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.