Libraries promote literacy of every kind, traditional, digital, media, etc... So in honor of tax season, here are some financial literacy games to help sharpen your fiscal skills! Thank you to Edutopia's Brian Page for these resources.
- The Uber Game In this game, students play the role of a full-time Uber driver—with two kids—who is trying to pay the mortgage. The interactive game, created by the Financial Times, challenges students to face life circumstances of those in the gig economy. Lois Stoll, a veteran Family and Consumer Science teacher from a rural school in Ohio, says, “Seems so easy, right? Just drive a car and earn money in the gig economy! Wait until you try to make the mortgage payment driving an Uber car for a week. Just not as easy as you think!"
- Payback : Payback nudges students to think about how to succeed in college without taking on excessive student debt. Tony Montgomery, a teacher at an alternative high school in New York City, says, “Payback teaches students that it is very important to have a healthy balance between academics, work, and social activities while continuing to manage your debt.”
- Spent : Spent challenges players to survive the struggle of low-income living. Developed by McKinney to raise money for Urban Ministries of Durham, the game has become a hit in financial literacy classrooms. “Spent allows students to truly understand some of the incredibly hard decisions families, living paycheck to paycheck, have to make on a daily basis,” says Courtney Poquette, a business educator from Winooski, Vermont.
- Financial Football : These two fast-paced, sports-themed, interactive games engage students in quiz bowl–style questions to advance players up the field. Both Visa-created games have been recently updated with new questions and graphics and include various levels of difficulty and game lengths to make it easier for teachers to differentiate in the classroom. Players can play against the computer or each other.
- Shady Sam : Shady Sam demonstrates how loan terms can hurt borrowers who don’t pay attention. Players take on the role of a loan shark. The more the customers pay in interest and fees, the higher the score for the game player. Julius Prezelski, a teacher at Mount St. Joseph High School in Maryland, noted that students realize “how the loan game works and how lenders take advantage of consumers.”
- STAX : Amanda Volz, a student at St. Clair High School in Michigan, describes STAX as an “engaging, fast-paced interactive game that allows students to experience 20 years of investing in just 20 minutes... and proves that index investing is always a winner!” This game ignites the emotion that investors often feel while trading during turbulent times. Game players can compete against the computer or against one another.
- Money Magic : Money Magic is designed to teach basic budgeting principles. The main character, Enzo, represents the human tendency to value short-term gratification. The game challenges students to balance immediate wants with long-term plans. Jacqueline Prester, a Mansfield High School teacher in Massachusetts, loves Money Magic “because it gives my students a fun and competitive way to practice their budgeting skills in a nontraditional environment.”
- The Payoff In this game, students play the role of a video blogger preparing for a life-changing competition while managing money and unexpected events. The game interface simulates a mobile phone where players can check their bank or open faux websites. The immersive, experiential game requires the user to help their character make smart financial decisions.
- Hit the Road: A Financial Adventure This interactive game teaches young people the importance of saving and spending wisely. Students go on a virtual road trip across the country learning how to manage their money wisely. They learn the value of creating a budget, responsible spending, and debt management. I use the game in my special education class because it has straightforward instructions.
- Credit Clash Credit Clash is a fun and interactive way to learn about credit scores. Brett Shifrin of the Gould Academy in Maine observed his students learning that when their credit score increased, their future loan payment amounts were reduced because they got loans at lower interest rates. One of his students summarized what he learned, saying, “Taking out multiple loans and being able to pay them all dramatically improves your credit.”
Calling all Bucs! If you will be 18 years old by April 30th of 2022, you can register to vote now! HHS is holding a voter registration drive from today until Friday, April 8th. You can register online at www.geauxvote.com yourself, or drop by the library and use the registration station that is available. Registrants will need a driver's license or state ID and to enter the four-digit audit number on their identification.
Sanderlin Doodle Wins Whole Caboodle
Congratulations to Troy Sanderlin whose sketch of the USS Montana was awarded top prize in the HHS Library's "How Do Ya Doodle" contest for February 2022. The winning image will be featured framed and on display in the HHS library's MakerSpace for the remainder of the Spring term!
How do ya Doodle?Hey Bucs! How do ya doodle? Whether you take doodling seriously or just something to do, clip your favorite doodle and come post it in the Creati-frame in the library to enter the Doodle of the Month contest for February! Of course, no art should violate school policies!
Make sure your full name is printed legibly on the back of your posting. Artwork should not contain any elements that violate HHS or BPSB behavioral expectations. Post before school, between classes, or during lunch. One doodle per month please, but feel free to swap out your submission as often as you'd like. Any questions? Ask Coach Melton in the library. Winning doodle will be prominently featured in the library collection.
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The 🧙♂️ Wizard of the Week drawing winner is Robert Hughes!
Robert, come by the library on your lunch shift to claim your prize!
In addition to Mr. Hughes, there were 14 other magically inclined Muggles selected for prizes. If your name follows, come to the library on your lunch shift to claim your prize too!
- Chandler Sweeney
- Ania Ball
- Davondric Gaines
- Patrick Dinger
- Branon Wayne Hamiter
- Jaquelin Montes
- Matthew Bailey
- Savannah Welborn
- Darren Melton
- Laiden Broadway
- Jasmine Yarbrough
- Price Lenser (my apologies if this is misspelled)
- Christopher Hilliard
- Abigail Hicks