Spent challenges players to keep a roof over their heads

March 4, 2011

Possibly the first video game about homelessness, Spent challenges you to keep a roof over your head for 30 days. It’s not easy — like a computerized embodiment of Murphy’s Law, Spent confronts you with one misfortune after another. To win, you have to make a series of hard choices that have no apparent right answer.

Our Changing World expresses economic, social data through maps

January 14, 2011

At Our Changing World, choose a topic and watch the size of each country morph to reflect various data. Certain parts of the world will expand or shrink depending on the value of their exports or their number of computer users, for example.

Visual economics lessons at Reffonomics

December 2, 2010

Reffonomics features interactive lessons that work like slide shows, advancing with a click of the mouse. The lessons are colorful, visual, and often repeat key concepts so students know what’s important.

Debt Ski: Navigate the sea of personal finance

November 24, 2010

Everyone would agree that it’s important to learn about personal finance, yet many kids grow up without the skills to manage their money. This is probably because the topic was never put in the context of a pig riding a jet ski.

Karma Tycoon turns philanthropy into a game

June 18, 2010

In Karma Tycoon you build and maintain homeless shelters, performing arts centers, and other facilities designed to make a positive impact in a community. Apply for grants and loans to bankroll your philanthropy, and the more people you help, the better your karma score.

Help fight against childhood obesity with Let's Move

June 8, 2010

Part informational and part networking building, Let’s Move offers a wealth of nutrition and health information while trying to lay the foundation for a network of health-conscious citizens to work together to fight childhood obesity.

The Centsables fight against financial irresponsibility

January 25, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Understanding how to budget your resources and not spend more that you take in can help children create a foundation for success later in life. Unfortunately, the subject often seems boring and intangible for students — … Continued

YouAreHere teaches kids to be smart consumers

December 17, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS YouAreHere, a site from the Federal Trade Commission, teaches 5th through 8th graders about being smart consumers. Your students will get to hang out at a virtual mall, learning lessons about stuff like scams, supply and demand, … Continued