Spent: Financial literacy game

Shared by one of our CEC teachers, Stacey Hervey…

nteractive Life/budget game!  Students have to pick jobs/get insurance etc…..It uses information from the book Nickel and Dimed.




Do your students need a “reality check”??  Here’s an opportunity for your students to budget and learn how to deal with issues and situations that life throws you…


Infobytes for March


Looking for a place with Fair Use music clips? Try where you and your students can download and remix a variety of clips.


How about an online publishing option? Scribd offers a collaborative option for publishing academic papers and collections of articles about a particular subject. This is a great resource for publishing a class project.

We’ve been talking about Glogster in the library this week. It’s really a fun resource.  If  you are a creative, non-linear kind of person (Especially you scrapbookers!) this will appeal to you for poster projects and even as a classroom resource.  I put one together for the library, and it took me about 30 minutes from sign-up to publish.


Looking for an easy way to add audio to your classroom? offers free, easy podcasting options right from your phone. Record your message and use the app to send it out. This is being used in our World Languages department with great success.

We’ve mentioned online slideshow options like Voicethread, Animoto, and Sliderocket in previous entires, and now here’s another: It’s free and easy to use.


Want to jazz up your photo album a bit? will allow you to upload and edit your photos. Another option is which will share your edited photo on facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

You all know how much I love my Catalog card generator at, well now you can create your own Newspaper clipping! go to and create your own authentic-looking newspaper article!

Using Online Games for Learning

A while back, we talked about the online game for learning Finance and business, Gen I Revolution, that Jon Poole showed me. Here are a couple of interesting options for Science and Math:

Looking to teach anatomy with games? Richard Byrne posted about  the Anatomy Arcade: With jigsaw puzzles, Whack-a-Bone, and videos, this site can make science even more fun!

Looking for a fun math resource? Manga High offers a gaming-based option for teaching math in the K-12 classroom. It has high appeal for students and you can check out a few trial games before signing up. If you’d like more access to math videos, try Byrne’s blog entry, 7 great resources for Math Videos

Richard Byrne recently posted about History Buff, a website that offers free primary sources for students and teachers. The online newspaper archive is not very well populated yet and I would still recommend our Pop Culture Universe database  from ABC-Clio  or  DPL’s Newsbank database over this site if you are looking for historic newspapers, but there are some interesting options for you to explore, including the historic panorama tours.

Let’s talk BOOKS!!!

A number of great articles have been shared about the impact of budgetary restrictions on libraries, Our future in the face of E-books, and the impact of technology on education. 

Let’s put a few of those in one place so they’re easy to find:

The New York Times issue from 9-19-10 has a selection of fabulous articles about technology in the classroom. There are a number of great reads to be found here:

A blog entry on the state of literacy in the 21st century has some hard-hitting statistics about American reading habits as well as scathing commentary on our unfortunate downward spiral toward an actual enactment of the dystopian view in Bradbury’s Farenheit 451:

The Committed Sardine blog has a great infographic comparing books to e-books that sums up the cost pretty succinctly: 

Here’s the latest ticked off murmurs in the halls: Oprah Winfrey has been advocating the upcoming documentary, “Waiting for Superman. ”  Many to whom I have spoken assert that the information provided  is slanted, incomplete, and blames teachers for the problems in education.  Make your own decision and post a comment before the follow-up show airs:

ADVOCACY:  Call for Photos and/or Video:

We are working on another video, aimed toward parents, which focuses on what happens in the library. We want to show how librarians are teachers, collaborators, and mentors. Please send photos or video clips that show learning and fun activities in your library to Include your name and location so we can properly credit you.

And now for some fun stuff:

Librarians do Gaga:

Librarians will Survive:

And of course, the moderator’s youtube channel:

May Infobytes


On Richard Byrne’s blog, he highlighted the Japanese Science and Technology Center’s lesson page. These lessons include interactive online lessons with animated diagrams and activities to test comprehension. I tried a few and found them to be informative and robust.

Scientific American offers a gorgeous visual tour of the solar system titled “the 8 wonders of  the Solar System” using video and art from Hugo award winning artist Ron Miller, this is a beautiful interactive video.


If  you watch the CBS Sunday News, you might have seen the edition about the artists who draw the Google Doodles that appear on the homepage. This is an informative video for students as well.

The National Gallery of Art offers students interactive art they can edit. Students can also upload their own digital images to explore their creative side.

 Economics and Financial Literacy:

The Practical Money Skills website includes a ton of great information for teaching financial literacy, including online games for any grade level. From the game that teaches coin values (Ed’s Bank) to the NFL-based Financial Football Training Camp.  I played a couple of these and found that even I have a few things to learn!

Another fun one was Rich Kid, Smart Kid, with a number of games at all grade levels. These games are pretty basic but they teach fundamentals as the children play.

There are many slideshows titles “50 sites for 50 students.” I will post those links soon.

Embrace the Google

Denise Cushing brought my attention to this article: Ten Simple Google Search Tips from the NY Times

Richard Byrne has posted some amazing Google  tips as well, including the links to a 33 page online book, “Google For Teachers.”

You know that Google would really like to be in every classroom, and they have a myriad of helpful tools, tips, and tutorials for educators on their site as well. 
Google held a teachers’ academy the last two years and likely ahs an upcoming one for 2010.

When information is available, we’ll post it.

Teaching Financial Literacy

Earlier, I mentioned, an online financial tracking program with some great benefits. I might add that the one teacher in the building who makes joking comments about nearly every email that is sent out wholeheartedly endorsed this site!

Another of our teachers is using the genirevolution online game which challenges students to different personal finance challenges to combat the “murktide,” an analogy for confusion about finances. With it’s mission-style approach, this is an engaging approach to teaching financial literacy to middle and high school students.

This website offers a ton of information about money.

The home page offers an app for tracking your budget while the blog covers economic information and trends dealing with money. A couple of my favorite articles on the blog are:

A pictorial history of money:

which pairs nicely with:

Dissecting the Dollar Redesign Project:

An image of the amount of packaging for a single Barbie Doll:

The Debt Generation: