Comprehensive


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Condensed
  • There is a vast and overwhelming amount of personal finance information.
  • Map the Money Maze researches, screens and condenses the best information to its simplest form.
  • Information is presented clearly and concisely.
  • Options to go into greater depth on every topic are provided.

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Objective
  • All content in Map the Money Maze is objective; that is, without commercial intent.
  • Of the thousands of sources that offer personal finance information, most of them have commercial interests.
  • Objectivity may be compromised when the source has commercial intent.
  • Even objective content risks credibility if a funding source is perceived to have a conflict of interest.
  • App to Succeed will only accept funding from objective sources for content development.


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Relevant
  • By designing Map the Money Maze to be relevant to students, they recognize that they need financial knowledge soon, which motivates them to learn. Relevancy is offered through:
    • Real-Life Situations. Students prepare for real-world events and practice making decisions that are best for their financial goals and circumstances, thereby gaining experience and confidence in their personal finance knowledge and judgment of personal finance.

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Personalized
  • The student completes a private profile and pre-test at the beginning of Map the Money Maze to identify their:
    • Current knowledge and experience with personal finance.
    • Demographic information.
    • Academic ability.
    • Post-graduation plans.
  • The profile information is used to:
    • Customize their program experience.
    • Optimize their interest in their learning experience.
    • Maximize their application of the information they learn in the real world.


 
Real-World Applications
  • By including real-world simulations, teens recognize that they need financial knowledge now or in the near future, which motivates them to learn.
  • By preparing for real-world financial situations and by practicing making decisions that are best for their financial goals and circumstances, students gain experience and confidence in their personal finance knowledge and judgment.

 
Data-Based feedback
  • Using real data ensures credible guidance and feedback resulting in more accurate outcomes.
  • Examples of data are averages of:
    • Starting salaries by occupation by location
    • Cost of apartment by size, location and number of roommates
    • Cost of groceries and utilities
    • Taxes
    • Credit card interest rates.


 
Program Sample
  • Coming soon


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Teens’ Preferred Media
  • Teens are all about smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers.
  • Map the Money Maze is accessed through their preferred devices.
 
Teen-Authentic
  • The program experience is designed to be as authentic to teens as possible.
  • Teen-authentic design can make the program more inviting and relatable.

Optimizes Goals
  • Map the Money Maze strives to help students optimize their post-graduation plans.
  • Some students may abandon their true goals because they do not think it is financially possible to reach them.
  • Map the Money Maze “maps” financial strategies to achieve realistic goals.

Accommodates Learning Differences

Students are more apt to be engaged in learning when they can control their learning preferences. With Map the Money Maze, students control how they learn, so they Learn more efficiently and effectively.

  • Every student is different and has his/her own learning preferences.
  • With Map the Money Maze, students control how they learn, so they:
    • Are more apt to be engaged in learning when they can control their learning preferences.
    • Learn from the program when they are most motivated.
    • Learn more efficiently and effectively.

  • With Map the Money Maze students can choose to log on:
    • When? Anytime!
      • Log on 24/7, year-round
      • Teens choose the time that works best for them; for example: times of the day when they learn best, times without distractions like hunger/thirst, fatigue, and time constraints. As a result, they learn about personal finance when they are most motivated to learn.
      • Summer-term subscriptions offer advantages: Map the Money Maze can help students without summer learning experiences maintain their academic skills. (Students without summer learning start the fall term at an academic disadvantage. Many are moved to a lower learning level when they actually have the ability to do the higher-level work.)
    • Where? Anywhere with internet access! From a computer or mobile device, students can:
      • Access Map the Money Maze anywhere there is internet access.
      • Choose a place that is optimal for their learning style; for some it may be a secluded, small, library cubicle, and for others it may be a busy cafe with lots of activity and background noise.
    • Speed? Any speed!
      • Teens can set their pace. Teens can progress through the program as quickly or as slowly as they like.They can choose to:
        • return to a previous section of the program to review or make changes,
        • skip a section that they are already competent in
        • or choose to access additional information.
    • How Long? As long as they want to.
      • Teens may explore the program for as long as they like.
      • Map the Money Maze cannot be completed in one session. Students are encouraged to log out or take a break if they begin to lose focus.
      • All of the content is important, so the student should be alert and immersed while he/she is logged in to optimize comprehension and retention.