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February 2005

It All Adds Up!
Dynamic site for teens on personal finance.
Grade Level: 9-12



http://www.italladdsup.org/

CONTENT:
It All Adds Up is an engaging, interactive site for teens that helps them understand how to responsibly manage their personal finances and how to properly use credit. It was developed by the National Council on Economic Education with a grant from American Express.
SITE DESIGN:
The site is well designed and easy to navigate. The main page features a ribbon of images that scrolls across the bottom of the page. Click on any image to access that area. Internal pages have navigation buttons on the left side of the page that lead users back to the homepage or to the help section. Macromedia Shockwave is required and can be downloaded at the site.
 

REVIEW:
This engaging site will give teens a leg up on managing their financial future. Students play online games and simulations to learn planning techniques for buying a car, paying for college, budgeting, saving and investing and managing credit cards. The activities are aligned to standards in economics and math and provide high school students an opportunity to practice their skills in a format that is relevant to their interests. The teacher’s guide offers objectives, keyword vocabulary, standards, a description of the activity and additional resources for each of the five modules: Getting and Using a Credit Card, Buying a Car, Budget Odyssey, Saving and Investing Blitz, and You’re Going to College. Teachers will find this to be a useful resource for supplementing the economics curriculum.

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02/23/2005


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