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EverFi, online sims, and personal financial ed


I’ll admit it. I’m not a big fan of most personal finance classes. They usually are poorly organized, poorly taught, and are often much too long. A full year of personal finance required for graduation? Really?

But I will also admit the need for some sort of personal finance training for kids.

Credit card bills, debt, saving, and financing higher education are often not on the minds of most of your students. But the financial decisions they make today will have a long-term impact on their lives. A weak understanding of how finances work can jeopardize their ability to succeed later on in life.

The answer? Some sort of curriculum that will actually engage kids so they walk away with some applicable knowledge and skills. EverFi seems like that sort of answer.

EverFi is a new-media learning platform that uses the latest technology – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.

It’s a handy way to meet required standards while also providing a research-based learning tool. You get sims, assessments, and a variety of interactive elements as part of the six hour online program. Use the contact form and the EverFi folks will provide a ton of info, curriculum guide / scope and sequence, and informative videos.

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  1. Glenn, Excellent timing on this post. We had a recent presentation about Everfi and have added it to our high school economics curriculum. One of our teachers will begin teaching with it today, and she likes how it lines up to standards. Additionally, we have found the customer service and help excellent. Her and representative have corresponded several times to help make things go smoothly today.

    November 15, 2012
    • glennw #

      It’s great to hear from someone who is actually using the tool in the classroom! It looks really good and seems like a great way of talking about important but potentially deadly boring stuff.

      Glad to hear the tech support is good!

      Thanks for sharing.


      November 15, 2012
  2. Janet #

    I’ve been using Everfi as the final project for my students for three years now. It raises their knowledge and reviews the material taught in class throughout the school year. At first, the students balk because it IS time consuming BUT then, as they progress, they love it! Now they are competing between each other to see who can get certified first! It is a comprehensive and interesting way to end the school year, especially since they can see their scores from the pre-test to the post-test change! I love their smiles when I distribute their certificates in front of the class! And I have copies of the certificates hanging on the bulletin board in the classroom! It’s awesome!!

    June 1, 2016
    • glennw #

      Cool beans! So fun hearing success stories. I really like Everfi and wish more teachers knew about and used it.

      Thanks for sharing!


      June 2, 2016

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