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Episode 11 SimBusiness- Free Biz Sims to Learn Financial Literacy!

September 27, 2008 By: admin Category: business, entrepreneurship, games, resources, teacher perspectives 2 Comments →

The emergence of simulations has taken the game industry by storm, but having fun while learning to be a CEO and become adept at financial literacy?
This isn’t our traditional school days! Instead, media companies have developed accurate, compelling simulation games which put learners(of all ages) into the director’s chair as they guide their company to success.

Johnny Money Game

  • Will they make the right decisions?
  • OR will they be swayed by false information, incorrect projections or allegiances?

Kathy and Mark provide another riveting episode of Talking Financial Literacy in which they tour several of the best online games related to financial literacy learning.

Listen in for abundant resources, perspectives on critical thinking and constructivism all to continue our quest for developing better understanding and practice in personal finance. You will discover

• Several free online video games which teach entrepreneurship through virtual reality simulations
•  Educators’ inside looks at ease of setup, use, application and benefits of these programs.

Article
• From Entrepreneur.com

“Game Plans”

A very different use of games for “financial learning” File under Innovative Thinking

“Now Bellevue, Washington-based SimplyFun offers its own line of games, puzzles, puppets and other family activities. The exclusivity of the products is essential to direct-sales success, according to Molen and DeGiulio, because the products don’t have to compete with any others and the consultants don’t have to compete with retail stores. “We want to make it easy for the consultants to be successful,” says DeGiulio. To that end, they provide training in person, online, by video and through conference calls; choose not to charge their consultants for their website or require them to keep any inventory; and offer incentives to encourage their consultants to reach certain goals.

But they also realize that attracting and keeping consultants is about more than just money and rewards. “For your consultants to be excited and passionate about what you’re doing, they have to feel attached and connected to your mission,” says Molen. “Our mission is to promote play and get people to laugh, create memories and connect through face-to-face fun.” Guided by that mission, they have signed more than 1,000 consultants in 45 states, and the company saw 60 percent growth last year.”

Resources

  • Johnny Money Financial Simulation - website and game
  • From NIFB website: “Now available from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Johnny Money Online Game is a FREE Internet-based small business simulation game that engages students as they explore the risks and rewards of business ownership. Johnny Money is the newest of the Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom programs, which are designed to enable educators to talk about entrepreneurship in their classrooms.

    Goals/Objectives: Students will be able to:
    * Utilize experiential learning as a tool to aid in retention of entrepreneurial concepts
    * Create, maintain, analyze and influence the essential factors in a successful virtual small business
    * Experience, engage and interact with entrepreneurial decisions and events in a virtual setting”

  • Industry Masters Online Simulation- YouTube video
  • Industry Masters Online Simulation- also watch this one !
  • JA Titan Simulation – website and game     JR Achievement Titan Game
  • Set in the year 2035, JA Titan creates a world in which players are CEOs of their own companies. Originally conceived in the 1980s as the Management and Economic Simulation Exercise, or MESE, JA Titan is a widely recognized business simulation for high school students. During game play, students must run a manufacturing company and master six key business decisions: price of product, production levels, marketing expenses, research and development costs, capital investment level, and charitable giving. Various corporate assistants “help” the player through each phase, or “quarter,” of game play. In 2000, JA Worldwide™ (Junior Achievement) launched JA Titan under its current name as a Web-based product. ….

    Success in JA Titan is measured by a “Performance Index,” an evaluation of each fictional company’s performance based on the following:
    * Retained Earnings (50%)
    * Supply and Demand Potential (20%)
    * Productivity (10%)
    * Market Share (10%)
    * Growth (10%)

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Episode 10 Is the National Debt Personal Financial?

September 24, 2008 By: admin Category: bank accounts, budgets, calculators, cost of living, curriculum, Educational programs, games, resources 1 Comment →



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 Join us for an episode about connecting current financial issues to financial literacy.

PerotChartslogo

Now for something very different as Mark and Kathy consider the recommendations made by Ross Perot to re-examine the national debt. How could it be this statesman is guiding us to financial literacy education?

In this episode Mark and Kathy discuss the National debt as a basis for financial literacy education. The Ross Perot Charts site offers abundant resources for information, education and critical analysis of how government economics impacts personal finance. http://perotcharts.com/

“The cowards never started, the weak died on the way, and the courageous survived.” Pioneer’s Creed

“We need action this day”

- Winston Churchill

 Resources

Babylon Today -National Debt Clock

http://www.babylontoday.com/national_debt_clock.htm

Zfacts.com

http://zfacts.com/p/461.html

 

Webquest on Democracy and National Debt

Look at Who’s Footing the Bill!

 http://www.kn.att.com/wired/democracy/debtquest.html

 

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Episode 9-Youth and Entrepreneurship Interview with Dan Rabuzzi (Part2)

September 22, 2008 By: admin Category: business, Dan Rabuzzi, Educational programs, entrepreneurship, Federal Reserve, interviews, resources, student outcomes No Comments →


Youth and Entrepreneurship Interview with Dan Rabuzzi

  NFTE Video

NFTE 2007 Marketing Video

Join us for the second part of this informative and inspiring episode with Dan Rubuzzi, of NFTE. In this episode Dan continues to shareg his considerable experience and expert perspective on the current state of financial literacy learning, needs, and resources. You will gain much from these practical examples, resources and ideas you hear!

In addition, Mark and Kathy discuss some critical news items and resources to round out a rich episode to assist and guide educators, students and learners of all ages advance their understanding and mastery of personal financial literacy, and in this case entrepreneurship!


Global discussion of the ever changing needs emerging from the world of personal finance

Talking Fin Lit Episode Part 1 of Interview Click here

Lead Article

Pretend money may produce real academic gains
Students at a Washington, D.C., KIPP charter school earn pretend paychecks for completing homework, behaving well and improving academically and can trade the fake dollars for small items at the school store, like pens and pencil cases, or exchange it for rewards like being allowed to wear casual clothes on Fridays. The rewards motivate the children initially and help them develop better study habits; eventually, however, success becomes its own reward, say the program’s backers, such as principal Sarah Hayes of KEY Academy, which now sports some of D.C.’s top test scores despite its population of low-income, disadvantaged students. National Public Radio/Associated Press (6/13)

Resources

ZEROMILLION- Many articles here

The Evolution of a Young Entreprenuer2008-05-01 Ryan P Allis
Do You Have What It Takes?

2008-03-25 Ryan P Allis
Assimilation Into Organizational Communication

2006-05-04 Christin Gulick
Life Lessons For Young Entreprenurs

2005-06-17 Gary Drumm
5 Keys to Breaking Into Entrepreneurship

2005-05-12 Leigh Goldberg
Following the Way of the Entrepreneur

2005-03-30 James Coombs
Climbing Out of Your Comfort Zone

2005-03-21 Leigh Goldberg
ETC………………………

Teen Business Link from SBA

Raising Entrepreneurs

Teaching Kids About Money and Business

Good blog with post in the following categories:

o Business Concepts
o business Ideas
o Mindset
o News
o Parenting
o Personal Finance
o Schooling
o Teaching Ideas
o Young Entrepreneurs

So you get a variety of discussion perspectives on the above from interested individuals…

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Episode 8 Talking Fin Lit – The Inside Story

September 17, 2008 By: admin Category: calculators, curriculum, globalization, interviews, introduction, mortgages, resources, teacher perspectives No Comments →


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Talking Fin Lit Meets Transformation Ed LIVE! 

This is a very  special – cross-country feature in order to bring you “the inside scoop” about your favorite personal financial literacy podcast.
The tables get turned and Mark and Kathy are interview by another podcaster! This episode provides the inside story on what is Talking Financial Literacy Podcast and how it came about? Just what exactly makes this series tick?TE LIVE! Podcast Hosts Paige Eissinger of Transformation Education LIVE! asks pressing and curious questions about the Talking Fin Lit Series.Topics range from living on your credit line for necessities, to faulty mortgage lending possibilities, students targets for  credit card companies, and how BIG is financial literacy in our lives.

 Including the discussion, “When do we stop learning this topic?”

We are students of financial literacy for the rest of our lives.

Whether we want to be or not.

 Mark Gura

The Magical Math of A Virtual Interview:

3 Hosts + 1 Interviewer + 2 Interviewees + 2 Two Podcasts =

Resources, Info and Fun

All in the form of the  “Inside Scoop on Talking Fin Lit!”

RESOURCES

  • Transformation Education LIVE!
    • www.transformationed.com/podcast
    • Series focused on technology, daily live and transforamtion! This podcast is developed and produced by Paige and Kathy on a bi-weekly basis.
    • It is very unique in that you can call-in or join the chat room to participated during the show’s live recording.
    • Details at the website
  • The Teacher’s Podcast
    • www.teacherspodcast.org
    • A professional development podcast for teachers across content ares. This is Mark and Kathy’s flagship series where it all started in 2005.
    • Topics range from web resources, critical educational news items, interviews and curriculum ideas.GetCalculator-logo
    • We are on our 2nd generation of this series with a cumulative 138 episodes
    • Details at the website.

  • Mortgage Calculators

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Episode 7 TV411- Managing Your Money- Curriculum Options

September 16, 2008 By: drkpking Category: bank accounts, budgets, calculators, cost of living, credit scores, curriculum, Educational programs, games, globalization, loans, mortgages, resources No Comments →


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Dr. Kathy King and Mark critical issues in Managing your Money on the personal, local, national and global scope. From rising fuel and food costs, to food riots. How do they interconnect? Then down to the educational connections. Kathy delivers a sample copy of TV411 Financial Literacy  curriculum. You get and inside view of the depth of the material and how it can be used. Please note this curriculum was chosen for review because of the high caliber of TV411 in the public education field. This program is not endorsing the product, nor do we receive benefit from any purchase. Tune in for a vibrant episode that covers the ground of global events, to how do we help students of all ages navigate their financial lives.Curriculum Options  TV411 Financial Literacy “Minding Your Money”

  • Produced by KET (PBS television network in Kentucky)
  • http://www.ketadultlearning.org/adult/tv411_kits.htm
  • Regarding use in school: the site says “More than half the states in the U.S. have licenses for one or more series — with great discounts! Call 800.354.9067 to find out if your state is one of those”

Abundant additional web-based materials from KET and TV411

    TV411 FINANCIAL LITERACY KIT (Description for TV411)
    By teaching how to track and control spending, save money, shop, and use credit responsibly, this kit helps learners achieve their financial goals.
    Six units:
    * What’s on the Stub? Understanding Your Paycheck
    * Reading the Fine Print: Don’t Be Fooled
    * Rent-to-Own: Is It Really a Deal?
    * Wise Decisions: Selecting and Using Credit Cards
    * Getting on Track: Making a Budget
    * A Home of Your Own: From Dream to Reality

NYACCE New York Association of Continuing/Community Education
Conference where Dr King learned of TV411 curriculum

Special thank you to Tony Buttino, of Buttino Bunch Media, for loaning us the kit for review from his inventory at !

Articles discussed in this  episode:

Rice and Wrong, Food Costs Flummox

Article at The Street.com by Suzanne Barlyn

 Excerpt for the article: Food prices are igniting riots in developing countries — and quietly claiming a chunk of my family’s bottom line. Record rice and wheat prices were clearly reflected in my family’s recent $350 grocery bill for mostly grain-based and dairy products. The continuing global agricultural crisis has obviously ensnared my local community and probably many others.

Inflation Calculators –

A few examples of the may available on the web

Still more!

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Talking Financial Literacy is produced in collaboration among the MS in Adult Education and HRD at Fordham University and The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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