What is MoneySKILL®?
MoneySKILL® is a free, interactive online curriculum consisting of 36 modules and pre- and post- tests. It teaches personal finance concepts in the areas of income, expenses, assets, liabilities, and risk management. MoneySKILL® is constantly updated to reflect the latest online technology that students expect, the current economic situation, and specific teacher requests.
What areas of study does MoneySKILL® cover?
MoneySKILL® is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum and covers concepts in the areas of income, expenses, assets, liabilities and risk management. In addition, it is being used in classes that include:
- Personal finance course
- Career and technical education
- Social studies
- Self study
- Individual study in financial aid/counseling situation
What is the cost to use MoneySKILL®?
MoneySKILL® is free to use. There is no charge or licensing fee of any kind to the district, school, teacher, or student.
Does MoneySKILL® align with the standards of learning in my state?
MoneySKILL® currently aligns with all national standards for personal finance curriculum in grades K-12, including National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
Staff has also correlated the curriculum to state standards in several states and those are displayed on the website at www.moneyskill.org.
What if I don’t like the order of presentation of the 36 modules?
MoneySKILL® is adaptable. Teachers, parents, professors, or employers can reorder the modules to fit their situation and even “deselect” specific modules they prefer not to use.
I home school my children. Can I use MoneySKILL®?
In a word, yes. Select “teacher” in the registration form and explain that you are a home school parent. A significant number of home school parents currently use MoneySKILL® since they do not possess the knowledge needed to teach such a course on their own. With MoneySKILL®, parents can learn along with their children.
In my state, teachers must track the time students spend on course study. Is that possible with MoneySKILL®?
Yes. In response to numerous such requests from teachers, MoneySKILL® technology staff developed a timer. The timer automatically tracks the time the student spends on the modules (in total) and records that figure in the electronic gradebook. It will also automatically shut off if there is no activity for eight minutes. So a student can’t just turn the computer on and walk away.
What if I don’t want to use all of the modules with a specific class?
In MoneySKILL®, you simply don’t have to. When setting up your class, you can easily “disable” a module by simply clicking on the box preceding each of the modules. That disables the module and it won’t appear in those required for the student to study.
All grades for the students in our district must be recorded in a state-required software package. Is it possible to upload the information from MoneySKILL® into the software?
Yes. Any file format that can be converted into a text file can be imported into MoneySKILL® and exported from it. This includes, for example, Excel and Numbers, respectively.
I currently use MoneySKILL in my classroom. My students are experiencing delays in loading web pages today. Are you aware?
Yes, thank you, and we apologize for the problems you’re experiencing. At times, we experience “degradation issues” that revolve around capacity. We have taken steps to address this in the short term, and you should notice a significant improvement almost immediately. Also, however, we expect the new technology platform to address this starting next school year.