Saturday, April 9, 2016

Helping Students with Financial Literacy

I want to share a helpful resource for teachers that focus on financial literacy.

The Earn Your Future Digital Lab is an interactive curricula designed to empower young minds with financial and economic knowledge.

“Earn Your Future” Digital Lab is a comprehensive financial literacy program designed for students in grades 3-12. Students engage with financial literacy concepts through innovative self-paced modules featuring custom videos, animations, and interactive activities. Educators are supported with embedded student assessment tools with real-time feedback, “Level Handbooks” and “Module Planning & Resource Guides.” The content is impactful, relatable, and aligned with Council for Economic Educators standards.

This resource is free to use and very well put together. I played with it over a few days and actually had some myths about credit and other financial issues cleared up for me.

Every teacher can sign up for free and create classes. Once there, teachers can create student accounts by typing in their name or by uploading a CSV File. Each student will get their own log in and password and this allows the teacher to track the work the student has accomplished.

There are three levels for students to explore. Level 1 is for beginners, level 2 is intermediate, and level 3 is advanced. I decided to jump into the advanced level and really test my knowledge.

I chose the first level and it was about Credit. There was a pretest, two videos, and multiple activities to walk me through how credit woks, what it is, and how certain things can and cannot impact credit scores. Best of all, I was able to do all of this on my iPhone! This is great for classes where students can use their own devices.