Showing posts with label stock market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stock market. Show all posts

Thursday, November 12, 2020

TED-Ed Explains the Basics of Stocks and Investing

TED-Ed has released a new lesson that should be of interest to anyone who has hopes of retiring some day. That lesson is titled How Do Investors Choose Stocks? Some of the highlights of the lesson include a basic explanation of what a stock and the stock market is, the differences between active and passive investing in the stock market, why some people pick one of those approaches over the other, and how traders analyze the prospects of a stock. 

Applications for Education
This TED-Ed lesson could be a great introduction to a larger lesson on stock markets. If I was still teaching social studies I would definitely include this video as introductory material before my students played a stock market simulation game.

Monday, May 13, 2019

How the Stock Market Works

Playing a stock market simulation game is one of the popular ways to teach the basic concepts of stock markets. I played one when I was in fifth grade and decades later teachers still use the same concept. In fact, I did a stock market simulation game with my own high school students. Before jumping into the game I always spent a day or two introducing some of the big concepts of what stocks are and how stock markets work. A couple of weeks ago TED-Ed released a video that I'll add to my list of resources for introducing stocks and the stock market to students.

How Does the Stock Market Work? is a TED-Ed lesson that provides a four minute overview of the origin of stock markets, why companies offer stock, and the basic factors that influence the prices of publicly-traded stocks.

Here are a couple of related items to explore:

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Difference Between Stocks and Bonds

Last night I watched The Big Short starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Brad Pitt. I enjoyed the movie. For those who aren't familiar with The Big Short, it is a movie about how the housing and stock markets crashed in 2008 and how a few shrewd investors benefited from the crash. Watching the movie prompted me to dig up some information about stocks, bonds, ETFs, and related investing basics.

Investing for Beginners is a playlist of videos produced by Fidelity Investments. Granted, the videos are from a financial services company, but they do offer a good introduction to the basics about stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Investopedia offers a playlist of short videos that define things like ETFs, dividends, and compound interest. That playlist is embedded below.

Take a look at these five tools for creating flipped video lessons out of one or all of the videos in the playlists embedded above.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Video - The Difference Between Stocks & Bonds

Last week I wrote a post about the National Financial Capability Challenge for high school students. That post included some lesson plan resources for teaching financial basics. Yesterday, I came across a nice short video from CBS Fast Draw that should also help students prepare for the NFCC. The Difference Between Stocks & Bonds uses a fun scenario to illustrate and explain the difference between the two.

Applications for Education
I've always found that talking about money, particularly scenarios for making money, gets even the most disinterested student's attention. Combine that with a fun cartoon about a crazy cat-loving cousin and you have a good way to introduce students to important economic concepts.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Infographic - What Is a Stock?

Mint, the free money management service, regularly posts interesting infographics on its blog Mint Life. Last week they posted their 25 most popular infographics of the year. Included in that list was What Is a Stock? What Is a Stock? uses clear graphics and plain terms to explain what a stock is, offer a brief history of stock markets, and give a brief explanation of why people buy stocks.

Personal Finance Software -
(click here to view in full size)

Applications for Education
Paired with Common Craft's video Stock Markets In Plain English, What Is a Stock? could make for a nice introduction to a lesson on stock markets and investments.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Investment Timing Chart from The NY Times

Common financial planning/ retirement planning advice encourages people to start investing as early as possible. But a new chart published by The New York Times shows that longevity alone doesn't guarantee positive returns. The Stock Market Matrix is a color-coded chart that shows the rate of return on investments based on the year money was invested and year it was withdrawn. Look across the chart and you'll see that no two timespans give the same returns even if those timespans are of the same length.

Applications for Education
The Stock Market Matrix could be used as part of a US History lesson in which students research the events of different timespans and how those events affected the market.

On a related note, if you're looking for some good videos about the basic concepts of investing, borrowing, and saving money, Common Craft has three good videos you should check out. Here are direct links to each of the three videos: Investing in Plain English, Borrowing in Plain English, Saving in Plain English.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Resources About the Great Depression

Today marks the 81st anniversary of Black Tuesday, the day that the stock market crashed triggering the Great Depression. Below you will find some videos and links to lessons related to the Great Depression.

On YouTube I came across a playlist of 43 videos about Black Tuesday and the Great Depression. The playlist is a mix of archival film and documentary film. The list is embedded below.

From PBS Video Great Depression Stories features three women talking about their experiences during the Great Depression.

The following four links are resources that I've previously shared on Free Technology for Teachers.

The Social Security Act of 1935
FDR and the Banking System
The Farm Letters - Stories of Great Depression Life
History of the First 100 Days

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Piqqem - Can You Predict the Market?

Piqqem is a new, free website that asks visitors to make predictions about individual stocks and indices. Predictions are made on a simple five point scale. There are wikis and timelines that provide users with some information the stocks and indices.

Applications for Education
Piqqem could be a useful tool for business and economics classes. Students can make predictions, see what other users are saying about the market, and compare their predictions with other users.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wall Street Woes Explained by CNN Student News

The many problems on Wall Street have students and adults wondering how these problems started and where the markets are heading. CNN Student News has some good explanations of the current state of affairs on Wall Street. The explanations are designed for high school students, but they are informative for anyone trying to get a handle on the Wall Street situation. The video is embedded below. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader you may need to click on the blog post title to see the video).

Applications for Education
This video and CNN Student News in general are good resources for teachers incorporating current events into their curriculum. This video is especially relevant for economics students and business students.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Stock Market Investment Simulators

In response to an email I received the other day, I have reviewed a number of free stock market investment simulators and games. Some of the simulators I found were linked to brokerage houses or other investment advertisments. After a little digging I found two stock market simulators that do not appear to be linked to investment firms, are completely free, and are appropriate for use in high school and possibly middle school classrooms.

StocksQuest is a stock market simulator game that is a part of the network of services. Each student or group of students has a fictious $100,000 to invest as they see fit. Students then monitor and adjust their investments for optimization. StocksQuest is designed for use in high school classrooms. Teachers can create and manage classes on StocksQuest. Educators will also find a list of fifteen lesson plans corresponding to the StocksQuest game. The lesson plans are designed to scaffold up to help students build and develop knowledge of investment terms and strategies.

The Virtual Stock Exchange from Market Watch is a free investment strategy simulator. The VSE doesn't have the classroom management options or lesson plans that StocksQuest has, but does offer more options in terms of real-time data and investment news. The VSE from Market Watch provides a place for participating in existing public games or starting your own games. The option of participating in existing public games gives students the opportunity to measure their investment skills against people outside of their classroom.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: - Fake Money, Real Stocks is a new website designed as a stock market evaluation training website. Visitors to the website are greeted with two charts and some basic background information about a nameless stock. You're then asked to make a decision (buy, sell, skip) based on the information at hand. Your portfolio starts out valued at $100,000 and increases or decreases based on the decisions you make. As I found out today, Inspectd's warning that website is addictive is correct. Inspectd has a discussion forum in which you can discuss trading strategies and stock analysis.

Applications for Educators is a nice resource for Business, Economics, Social Studies, and possibly teachers to use with students to get them thinking about
market patterns. does lack some features that would be useful for higher level evaluation, but the upside to is that you could have a large class of students using the game in minutes.