Aug 24, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Credit Cards, Video Resource
In the activity PLAY: Should They Open a Credit Card, students will analyze the profiles of a few different individuals and determine whether opening a credit card is a smart choice for them. There are many creative ways this activity can be incorporated in the classroom. We’ve listed some ideas that may work well for a synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environment.
Synchronous Environment Ideas:
Display the scenario slide and put students into small group breakout...
Mar 29, 2020
Video Resource, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page for curating this list that he describes as "NOT Movies or documentaries about economics or financial industry scandals that have very little pragmatic value for high school students." He's included a brief description of the video, the financial topics that are covered and the duration. He also created a form so that you can vote on your top 5. Vote by April 15th and he will tally the results and share on FinLIt Fanatics.
Here's a sampling of movies he included:...
Feb 14, 2020
Video Resource, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Investing, Budgeting
Ashton Kutcher is one of the executive producers of a series called “Going from Broke,” focusing on the massive (student) debt issue facing young adults. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is the ad-supported video streaming service that runs the series on Crackle, and it hit 5 million views after just 4 weeks. The series appears to be attracting attention.
Dan Rosensweig, another executive producer, is the CEO of a company called Chegg and is the host of the show....
Jan 02, 2020
Credit Cards, Video Resource, Behavioral Finance, Payment Types
Interesting videos that you may find useful to supplement your lessons.
Video: A Brief History of Credit Cards (or, What Actually Happens When You Swipe)
Description: "What actually happens when you swipe your credit card? a16z general partner Alex Rampell helps solve the mystery, taking us from the beginning of the credit card revolution (including its hometown of Fresno, California) and on the journey of how both information and money travel… through the five parties...
Nov 10, 2019
Financial Scams, Video Resource, Behavioral Finance
Here's a few Brain Games videos that I watched over the weekend that can help students uncover scams:
Con Artist Handbook
The Scam Illusion
Have you ever fallen for a scam?
What techniques do these scam artists use in these videos to con people?
Which of the three scams do you think you would most likely have fallen for?
What lessons can you learn from these videos so that you are not conned?
Create A Financial Scam...
Nov 05, 2019
Video Resource, Career
Thanks to Brian Page for spending 20+ hours combing through and sharing this with the community!
He created a spreadsheet of careers that don’t require a 4 year degree, aren’t in a declining career field, and in most cases pay more than $30K. He did this for classes filled with non-college bound students and showed a 90 second career video to begin most of these classes and dubbed it "Career of the Day." He linked to the YouTube videos (click here) because the Career One...
Oct 30, 2019
Advertising, Behavioral Finance, Video Resource
For this activity idea, your students take on the role of marketing experts. After gaining some knowledge about the elements of a "perfect" marketing video, they watch 3 videos and gauge their effectiveness.
Here's the idea:
Review this infographic and identify the six elements of a "perfect" marketing video.
Watch these three videos looking for each of the six elements (here's a graphical organizer for students to jot down their impressions)
Apr 01, 2019
Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans, Video Resource
Answer: Level of student debt
What's your biggest concern about applying for college or as you think about your post-high school plans?
Why do you think that student loan debt is such a concern for so many?
Do you know anyone who has a lot of student debt? How are they managing it?
Do you think it is worth it to take on debt for college? Why or why not?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Mar 20, 2019
Video Resource, Credit Cards, Financial Scams, Compound Interest, Investing, Stocks
I wanted to share some cool new videos that we have come across in our travels:
Three Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (TED Talks; 5 minutes); hat tip to Yanely for connecting us to Wendy; hope to have her on podcast in the future.
Backgrounder on the Payday Lending industry (PBS NewsHour; 4 minutes); good opportunity to discuss the financial pitfalls of payday lending, it's fee structure and the role of regulation in consumer protection.
Mar 15, 2019
Video Resource, Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Lots of great news stories recently highlighting the work of FinHeroes across the country...
NGPF Fellow James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (MN) featured in "Armstrong teacher offers up financial advice"
NGPF Summit Attendees Jill Hughes (2018) and Laura Schoenicke (2018, 2019) Menomonee Falls High School (WI) featured in "Students Learn How To Manage Finances."
NGPF Summit 2019 attendee Jake Richards of Lakeland Union High School (WI) featured in...
Feb 17, 2019
Advertising, Video Resource, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
Do you follow influencers on any of the social media platforms?
What makes you decide whether to follow a specific influencer?
Have you ever bought anything that an influencer recommended on social media? Explain.
Why do you think that influencers are more effective than traditional advertising?
Question of the Day; A YouTuber with over 1.4 million views a month can expect to earn about _____________ in...
Jan 03, 2019
Video Resource, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Financial Scams, Mortgages, Paying for College
PBS Two Cents made a big splash on the scene in 2018. Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson create engaging videos that do a great job explaining personal finance concepts in ways that your students will understand. We added several of their videos to our video library and you can also hear their story on the NGPF Podcast.
I reached out to Philip today and he was kind enough to share the "top 5" videos he and Julia produced in 2018 (based on Facebook and YouTube views). Beth has also created...
Dec 27, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Video Resource, Compound Interest, Credit Scores, Paying for College, Budgeting
Looking for videos to supplement your existing lessons? Here's a few of teacher favorites as measured by click data in our Video Library.
Drumroll please...top 10 picks for 2018:
10. The Pain of Paying from Dan Ariely of Duke University
9. Fighting the Financial Pitfalls of the Supermarket from PBS Digital's Two Cents
8. What's A Credit Score? from Kal Penn Explains
7.Why We Crave What's Cool from PBS NewsHour
6. Can I Afford It? from CNBC
5. Battle Between Your Present and Future Self from...
Dec 11, 2018
NGPF Fellows, Video Resource, EdPuzzle Thursday
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Here's what James has to say...
Tech Tool: EDpuzzle
Cost: 20 Videos Free, Pro Teacher comes with unlimited videos for...
Dec 06, 2018
Career, Video Resource, Employment
PBS NewsHour has been running an excellent series this week titled the Future of Work. These should be mandatory in high schools across America to help students grasp the changing world of work that they will be stepping into after high school, college or graduate school. For each of these 7-8 minute videos, we developed a set of questions to spark the conversation.
In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?
Why is the need for improved medical care so...