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Financial Literacy Challenge

Offering you four exciting and fun features: A Personal Budget Game A Stock Game Built-in Lessons with Pop Quizzes National Challenge with the opportunity to win prizes 5 great reasons to register yourself to the challenge! You will gain valuable experience by building a monthly budget You will learn how to manage your checking and Read More…

New Features – Spring 2021

There are a lot of new enhancements that will improve how both teachers and students use the platform! General Improvements New Dashboard • Our new Dashboard brings all your student’s actions into one place Live Chat • PFinLab now has live chat support available for teachers and students (during market hours) Onboarding • First-time users Read More…

Financial Literacy Challenge

Offering your students four exciting features to bring some excitement and real-world learning into your classroom: A Personal Budget Game A Stock Game Built-in Lessons with Pop Quizzes National Challenge with the opportunity to win prizes 4 great reasons to register your class to the challenge: Your students will gain valuable experience by building a Read More…

New Features Update

Coming to Personal Finance Lab Spring 2021 There are a lot of new enhancements that will be coming this January and will improve how both teachers and students use the platform. Quick Overview Stock Game Weekly Deposits $1 Starting Cash Budget Game Starting Positions Graphics Update System Updates New Badges New Widgets New Certifications New Read More…

Use Case – Quality of Life

PersonalFinanceLab is a gamified platform that focuses on engaging students through interactive and experiential learning. The program has a Budget and Stock market game that allows students to learn while understanding the fundamentals of managing and investing money. In the Budget Game, students need to make choices. To increase their disposable income, they may choose Read More…

Budget Game Use Case – Value Of Money

PersonalFinanceLab is a gamified platform that focuses on engaging the student through interactive and experiential learning. The platform has a Budgeting game and a stock market platform, that allows the student to learn while doing, making mistakes and repeating the actions until they succeed, thereby learning and understanding the fundamentals of managing money and investing Read More…

Teacher Demo Recording

Want to get a walkthrough of PFinLab, but no time to schedule a demo with our team? No problem! This recording walks through all the essential features that can help transform your classroom! For a deeper dive into how PFinLab can be used in your classes, also check out our library of customizable lesson plans, Read More…

Use Case – Making Financial Decisions

Bringing gamification into your classroom By Paul Vasey – Former Business teacher, head of department, external examiner, teacher trainer, author and game designer. Engagement, experiential learning and differentiation. Through my years of teaching, I found that the most engaged students were ones that were talking about themselves and learning without really realizing it. To expand Read More…

Teacher Test Drive

Have you wanted to try out or budget game, stock game, or curriculum? Now’s your chance! How It Works When you join the Test Drive, you will participate in a “class” in the role of a student. You will have: Access to our Budget Game for a 12-month session (each session usually takes about 20 minutes to Read More…

Full Time Mode and Graduation!

With the next major update to the PersonalFinanceLab Budget Game, your students can graduate from school and start their Full Time Jobs! How It Works If you have used the Budget Game before, your class would have taken on the role of college students with a part-time job. They would be working variable hours each Read More…

Badges – PFinLab Gamified!

This Summer, PersonalFinanceLab has partnered with BountyBlok to power our awesome new Badges and Achievement system to bring classroom engagement to a whole new level! Personal Finance should never be boring for students – by working with BountyBlok, our Assignments engine is supercharged with new ways to track student activity and provide them with real-time Read More…

Rewards, Prerequisites, and More Assignment Updates!

Our first major enhancement of the summer is almost here! The next release of Personal Finance Lab focuses on our Assignments – our awesome system used to manage curriculum and track your students’ progress through our Stock Game and Budget Game. There’s three game-changing new features you can expect for your next classes: Rewards, Prerequisites, Read More…

Personal Finance Distance Learning Best Practices

If you find yourself teaching a class remotely for the first time this Spring, never fear! PersonalFinanceLab.com has everything you need for a knock-out distance learning class, all in one place. Our engaging simulations, interactive games, built-in assessments, multi-media curriculum, customizable lesson plans, and teacher presentation and video library has everything you need to turn Read More…

March 2020 Budget Game Update

Just in time for March, the Personal Finance Lab team is excited to announce a massive new update for our budgeting game! Our latest update includes some huge enhancements for your class, including: An overhaul to the Quality of Life scores, making the point scoring system much easier to understand. A new Overall Game Score, Read More…

Should I Buy The First Thing I See?

As you may well be aware, we have a Budgeting game which can be used as both a supplemental and integrated resource. The philosophy of the Budgeting game is for the students to learn by doing. The focus of the game is to keep things simple and for the student to learn the fundamentals of Read More…

Quick In Class Activity to Teach Your Students About Saving!

Teachers, 2020 is here, marking a fresh new start, so there isn’t any better time to challenge your students to change their spending habits and set them up for financial independence! Here’s a great activity for your class that uses our Budget Game to understand how to build an emergency fund! Goal: The goal of this activity is to Read More…

Lesson Ideas

Here are 3 QuickStart lessons that I like to use with my classes to introduce some of the fundamentals of money with our Budgeting Game. Each lesson will require the player to play at least one “virtual month” in the game which will take approximately 20 mins. Further time can be taken to do research Read More…

Try PersonalFinanceLab

Looking to take PersonalFinanceLab for a test drive? No problem! Demo Student Account For a demo student account, click here to create a trial account with our stock game, budget game, and full curriculum library available. Get A Personalized Demo Want to get a personalized walkthrough with our team to discuss how PersonalFinanceLab.com can be Read More…

STEM, CTE, and Personal Finance – A Balancing Act

Very few students will ever care to know how to graph a parabola, but everyone will need to know how to do their taxes. Don’t require trigonometry but require basic tax preparation. Lindsey, 41, mixed race mother of five in Oregon suburb Personal Finance Lab’s parent organization turns 30 this year, and we have been Read More…

High School Budgeting Game Coming To PFinLab!

The world’s best tool for teaching Personal Finance, Economics, and Business is about to get even better with our new customizable Budgeting Game!   How It Works Schools with a site license for PersonalFinanceLab.com stock and budgeting games  will now have the option to also add our new customizable budgeting simulation to their class, and Read More…

Why use stock market games?

Teachers sometimes ask us why we anchor the curriculum and other activities on PersonalFinanceLab.com to our stock market simulation – so we want to tell you why! Research Tested, Student Approved There are numerous studies showing how stock market games improve classroom outcomes in Personal Finance, Economics, and Business classes, with a body of literature Read More…

Lab Spotlight: Marquette Catholic High School

Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, Indiana was one of the first schools we worked with to transform one of their classrooms into a full Financial Literacy Lab. The Marquette program utilizes the Personal Finance Lab simulation and curriculum both in their Economics classes and their Global Trading classes, focused on investing and finance. Read More…

Elements of a Finance Lab

We work with hundreds of schools around the country to take their Personal Finance, Economics, and Business classes to the next level. Over the last few years, more and more schools are using our Personal Budgeting Game, our customizable Stock Market Game, and our curriculum library to start building Finance Lab.  Eventually they add on Read More…

What can I put in my MarketInsight display?

The MarketInsight display is one of the fundamental pieces of any Finance Lab. This is an LCD screen that can rotate several financial “widgets” for your classes. The coolest part is that each MarketInsight is fully configurable – you choose what you want displayed! How Does It Work? Think of your MarketInsight like a PowerPoint Read More…

Building a $1,250 High School Finance Lab

Cost is the biggest barrier preventing teachers from launching their first lab. Getting quotes from vendors, applying for grants, getting administration approval (on top of planning and running your classes!) puts up a huge wall between your students and the awesome financial literacy resources they deserve. To help break down this barrier, we’ve put together Read More…