21st Century Skills and the Use of Technology to Teach Financial Literacy

Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.
GATE (Global Assoication of Teachers of Economics)
GATE is a global membership organization sponsored by the Council for Economic Education exclusively for K-12 teachers and others who are interested in economic, financial and entrepreneurship education.

21st Century Skills Resources
Learning and Innovation Skills: Creativity and Innovation

Give your students the information they need, when they need it. Use Jing to record your feedback as you grade papers, or take a snapshot to share with your class. Your students can even use it to collaborate, or ask questions!

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holdsimages, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). 
Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!
Learning and Innovation Skills: Critical Thinking
If you're like us, you've used 'creative' tactics to keep track of all your web links, either through email, word documents or endless lists in your browser bookmarks folder. It's hard to put a group of URLs together in any meaningful format - where's the context? And sharing is cumbersome for everyone - the sender and the receiver. Have you ever looked through your bookmarks list and forgotten what they are all for?
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program works with colleges and other educational organizations to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the Library of Congress's rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.
Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below. These strategies -- and the educators who implement them -- are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact. Discover the resources, research, experts, and fellow Edutopia members who are changing our schools.
The Economics of Seinfeld
It is the simplicity of Seinfeld that makes it so appropriate for use in economics courses. Using these clips (as well as clips from other television shows or movies) makes economic concepts come alive, making them more real for students. Ultimately, students will start seeing economics everywhere – in other TV shows, in popular music, and most importantly, in their own lives.
Learning and Innovation Skills: Communication
This site aims to answer one question: How can I use wikis in education?
Skype allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks.
Google+ integrates social services such as Google Profiles, and introduces new services identified as Circles, Hangouts and Sparks. Google+ is available as a website and on mobile devices.
Learning and Innovation Skills: Collaboration
Do you have an idea, a problem or just a cool picture that you quickly want to show a friend?
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.
wallwhisher is an online NOTICE BOARD maker. It is a ideal for making announcements, wishing people, keeping notes and things you can do with Post-it ... and more.
The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices.
Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. It can help you to raise money by letting people pledge via text messaging. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.

Core 21st Century Subjects
Quick and easy access to the highest-quality teaching and learning materials
Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.
21st Century Themes: Civic Literacy
Politico is an American political journalismorganization based in Arlington, Virginia, that distributes its content via television, the Internet, newspaper, and radio. Its coverage of Washington, D.C., includes the U.S. Congress, lobbying, media and the Presidency.
Diigo is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users tobookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of awebpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page.
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.
21st Century Themes: Health Literacy
ScienceNetlLinks: Health Literacy
Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources that will help you teach your students about health, medicine, and healthy living.
dailymile is a social experience for active people. We're a community of people just off the couch to ultramarathoners alike, who encourage and inspire one another as we achieve our goals.
BAM! Body and Mind
BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as stress and physical fitness — using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.
21st Century Themes: Environmental Literacy
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. 
National Geographic KIDS
Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.
21st Century Themes: Global Awareness
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.
Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
21st Century Themes: Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.
Learning, Earning and Investing
Learning, Earning and Investing is a multi-faceted, comprehensive investor education program for students in grades four through 12.
Financial Fitness for Life
This program provides a start-to-finish personal financial education that is comprehensive, rewarding and enjoyable, and involves the whole family.
Gen i Revolution: Online Personal Finance Game
Check out this new online personal finance game for middle school and high school students!
Virtual Economics®
1,500 supplemental lesson plans for K-12 teachers - plus 51 videos and state standards correlations - this is a resource every teacher should have!
More than 700 lessons to choose from - and they're all FREE!
Hands on Banking®
Hands on Banking®, a program by Wells Fargo, is a free, fun financial education program that presents the basics of smart money management in an easy-to use format. Topics include budgeting, the importance of saving, bank accounts and services, borrowing money and establishing credit, investing, and more. The curriculum is customized for four groups from 4th grade through adults.
Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
is a new publication that contains 39 supplemental activity-based lessons. Each lesson uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to high school students.
Financing Your Future
Financing Your Future
is a complete personal finance program on DVD for high school teachers and their students. This personal finance program contains five videos that cover topics such as investing in one's own human capital, developing a banking relationship, understanding credit and debt, and creating a budget.
Risky Business
Risky Business: What Every Teenager Needs to Know About Living Smart
is a comprehensive life skills program on DVD which consists of four 15-20 minute videos, each with three corresponding lesson plans.
Online Teacher Training
Check out our new online training modules. Teacher training anytime and anywhere!

Web 2.0 Resources

TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.

JustPaste.it - paste text and share with your friends
The quickest way to share text with other people 
Appolicious is a mobile app discovery service dedicated to helping consumers and businesses find iOS and Android applications.
At QR Stuff we give you the opportunity to generate QR Codes in ways that most of the other places on the internet overlook.
QR codes in Education
Have you seen these odd looking black and white squares in magazines, on signs, and online? They’re called QR codes, and they have the potential to do some remarkable things in your classroom.
Create A Graph
Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world.

NCES constantly uses graphs and charts in our publications and on the web. Sometimes, complicated information is difficult to understand and needs an illustration. Graphs or charts can help impress people by getting your point across quickly and visually.
Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Aviary.com is a suite of online Web 2.0 applications for creative designers. 
Smartpens record everything you write and hear so you'll never miss a word. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes.
Krunch Us  is a web service which allows you to condense multiple URLs into one short link. This is means instead of sharing 10 or 100 links you can just share one short URL. This one single URL will contain slideshow of those websites. If you are registered user than you can edit link once you are done with registeration.
Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Poligraft is a website and utility that creates an enhanced view of the people, organizations and relationships described within political news stories, blog posts and press releases.

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
QR Code
A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.
QR Code Generator
This site features a QR Code Generator, which allows you to create a two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned with a camera phone. These QR Codes can contain a URL, contact information, a calendar event, and much more.
Economic Pencasts
Here are several pencasts for each class, separated by day and topic for your convenience.  I am only given a limited amount of web space to store the files, so inevitably some of the older ones will be deleted and replaced by newer ones...so be sure to view them while you can!

Starting Out on the Right Financial Foot

FoolProof is all about consumer advocacy. Using credit unions as the web hosts, FoolProof currently offers consumers six separate financial literacy and consumer education programs.
LavaMind is a site that provides links to Business Simulation Games.  The three games of interest are Gazillionare, Zapitalism, and Profitania.
Students can play the original version of SimCity online for free.  Registration is required.  I like this type of game because students have to make economic decisions.
A great resource that contains several interactives that students and teachers can use to have a better understanding of economics and personal finance.  You can search for interactives based on grade level, concept, and interactive tool.
Economics Search Engine
A site that allows you to find specific resources, websites, and links for Economics.  A great way to search for specific terms or stories related to economics.
The Story of Stuff Project
A great website that looks at how stuff is made and done.  There are two great videos: Bottled Water shows the implications of all the bottled water in the world and how it is produced and consumed.  Another great video is Cap and Trade which is perfect for Economic lessons.
The Game
Allows students the opportunity to build a McDonalds franchise, and control all aspects of production and consumption.
"Making money in a corporation like McDonald's is not simple at all! Behind every sandwich there is a complex process you must learn to manage: from the creation of pastures to the slaughter, from the restaurant management to the branding."

A free site for educators to teach students about the Stock Market.  "We Seed is a virtual tool that uses actual companies, stock prices and data — but all trades are made with fake money. Students can buy and sell shares anytime — and see first-hand how the market is affecting the portfolio they build."

Great videos discussing money as it relates to economics and personal finance.  The topics include Borrowing Money, Insurance, Investing Money, Saving for Retirement, Saving Money (Compound Interest), and Stock Markets.
MinyanLand is a virtual community designed to engage kids and families in games and interaction that are entertaining and educational.
The economic system of MinyanLand mimics the real-life pricing of general goods and services. As players participate in the system, their actions will affect the overall MinyanLand economy. This is how they will learn.
Budgets for Ipad
Budgets for all your expenses and income with progress per each category. Fantastic sparkling future-oriented design.
Mint brings all your financial accounts together online, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets & helps you achieve your savings goals.
Stossel in the Classroom
Join more than 140,000 teachers across the country who have experienced the benefits of using these educational and engaging segments from John Stossel's TV programs in their classrooms. Get your FREE DVDs and supplemental materials from STOSSEL IN THE CLASSROOM!