Teacher Review For Groove Nation

Fun and interactive game to learn financial literacy.

Anna G.
Classroom teacher
James Denman Middle School
San Francisco, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a very fun game to help students learn about financial literacy. Many kids don't have a good understanding of budgeting and saving money for the future. This game gives students a realistic situation, a dance competition, in which they can personally relate to. They get a great sense of satisfaction when they complete the game successfully. If they don't, they have a great chance to reflect on what they could have done better. If you allow the students to play the game twice, they can track their progress on a spreadsheet and compare their data.
My Take
I really like how students have to learn how to balance their budget throughout the entire competition. It presents a realistic situation where students have expenses, need to pay off debt, make upgrades, and still have savings. The goals presented are realistic increase with each level of the competition. Some students with great motor skills will find the dancing part fun, but it may get frustrating for those who do not. Feedback is given throughout the game along with hints to help the students. Even if the students do not finish the game, they can still learn valuable financial planning skills.