Review by Paul Cancellieri, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2012

Biz Kid$

You can bet on business and finance being interesting for teens

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Subjects
  • Math
  • Social Studies

Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • College & Career Prep
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6–12
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Pros: The video clips are highly entertaining and perfect for teaching money sense and exploring business concepts.

Cons: Video episodes can seem cheesy, and most linked websites and activities are more appropriate for middle grades.

Bottom Line: Biz Kid$ is a great introduction to financial literacy, with linked activities as well as frequently updated interactive video clips and a blog.

The Teachers section includes lesson plans and activities that connect the Biz Kid$ content to your classroom and curriculum. You can design a unit using the video episodes, which are downloadable from the site, or you can buy DVDs.

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At its core, Biz Kid$ is an online TV channel that provides short, engaging video segments that teach business and financial concepts using pop-culture references. It's a fun and effective way to reach middle and high school-age students. The episodes are well-made and humorous, with no inappropriate references or language.

You'll find six sections along the top of each screen. The first section contains an archive of the short video episodes, with the newest episode featured on top. Each episode has a brief synopsis. The second section contains the Biz Kid$ blog, with entries for parents alternating with entries for kids. It offers useful resources and tackles current events in the business and financial worlds. Topics are divided so you can quickly find what interests you: Money Facts, Business Plans, Fundraisers, Parent Tips, and more. Entries link to related resources, too. For example, a Careers entry links to a sample resume for a high school student and lists the most commonly asked interview questions.

The Students section has plenty of resources, and the Biz Kid$ blog is a great source of news that seems to be written for both kids and adults. Best of all, the site is updated frequently, and between blog updates and new video episodes, kids can go back to the site again and again.

Navigating the site is pretty straightforward. The third section has all previous editions of the now defunct Vault Newsletter, which spotlighted a young entrepreneur in each issue and had some useful content. The next section highlights several handpicked and interactive games from around the Web, which do a great job of teaching important skills. For example, the "Dollar a Glass" game teaches supply and demand in a fun, competitive way. A student section offers savings plan calculators, investment tips, and budget worksheets.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Pop-culture parodies get teens into business and finance. The short video episodes with young actors are engaging.

 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

The real-world knowledge in the lessons is presented in an accessible way that should stick with teens.

 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Except for the blog, which gets updated, the site itself is mostly static reading. Still, you get lesson plans and activities.

 


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Elizabeth E. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Isidore Newman School
New Orleans, United States
Economic education website provides a plethora of resources, but teachers will have to pick and choose.
BizKid$ is a very unique website that is structured in an accessible way for both teachers and students. There are a variety of lesson plans for middle and high school students, which include family connection activities that could act as a springboard for school-family communication and relationship building. The videos can verge on cheesy, but the content is valuable if students can look past that. The games on the site are somewhat repetitive, and it's unclear how much student learning results from gameplay. Overall, BizKid$ is a valuable resource that provides teachers with tools for economic education, an area that is often lacking in traditional curricula.
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