Podcasts In The Classroom: What's New In the World of Investing?

Nov 02, 2020
Podcasts, Investing, Stocks, Podcasts In The Classroom

Welcome to the first official Podcast Tuesday! After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a weekly activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when clicked) focuses on the world of investing with 3-6 minute audio files explaining sustainable investing, the pros/cons of the Robinhood investing app and an analysis of who is benefiting from the recent rise in the stock market. Included in this activity is a Google form with links to the podcasts and three questions to generate discussion.

Few ideas for implementation is to have students listen to ONE of the podcasts 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. 

A question that could tie together all three of the podcasts is:

We know that a higher percentage of the wealth generated by the stock market goes to a small percentage of the population. Do you think that investing apps like Robinhood or the trend towards sustainable investing will change that? 



Here's the prototype of Podcast Tuesday that we shared last week that was focused on Small Businesses React to the Pandemic.  Thanks to Phillip Freeman, the 
Career-Technical Department Leader/Teacher at Grove City High School (OH) for suggesting an additional question to this activity focused on how individuals were supporting local businesses through this challenging time.


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.