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  • Life cards

    Life cards

    We introduced the Chance cards (similar to Monopoly might be hit with an unexpected bill or bonus-such as car break down; tooth filling; tattslotto win etc. It was a once a week thing and the taught

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  • Cyber safety

    Cyber safety

    I have been using Banqer with my year 4-6 students as an example of passwords that need to be secure and safe. I have used social engineering, trickery, bribes and underhand tactics to try and obtai

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  • Going Once, Going Twice... Sold!

    Going Once, Going Twice... Sold!

    What a fantastic end to the term and way to celebrate some awesome saving and learning - a class Auction! I have collected a bunch of prizes/items over the term, so as a way for students to spend thei

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  • Class Job Posters

    Class Job Posters

    In my classroom I let the students come up with all our class companies. I may direct some of them towards certain jobs that might need doing in our room or around the school. Once companies are for

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  • Students 'donations' make a real difference with real $$

    Students 'donations' make a real difference with real $$

    In connection with our school wide values unit of Kindness this term, I gathered pledges of real NZ cash from staff. My students are aiming to 'donate' $2000 in Banqer dollars, this term and next.

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  • Stolen funds

    Stolen funds

    As part of my Banqer lessons I regularly "steal" money from my student's accounts. Some times all of them and sometimes just some of them. I do this to see who is really checking their accounts and ta

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  • Using Banqer to teach probability

    Using Banqer to teach probability

    I have recently used Banqer to teach the class about probability. We played a range of chance games using coins and dice and once the students understood their chances of success versus failure we use

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  • Interest-ing house prices

    Interest-ing house prices

    Today my kids spent the afternoon looking at house prices, and how much interest people pay for their houses. We used the new myhouse.co.nz app brought out last week, and lots of the students could ma

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  • Risks and benefits of insurance

    Risks and benefits of insurance

    I activated the Property Insurance module at the start of this week and my class had a great discussion about the risks and benefits of insurance: Sometimes you pay a lot of money for something you ne

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  • The 10 strangest things that have been used as money

    The 10 strangest things that have been used as money

    I read this story today online and thought it would be brilliant to share with students. It would create some cool discussions around what money is and how, if people are willing to trade, currencies

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  • The Banq is Open

    The Banq is Open

    If you use paper money an easy way to stop students from asking if they can banq money at the wrong time is to use a sign. It sounds really simple and it is. It is a visual way for students to quickl

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  • Setting up income

    Setting up income

    Our class has just started using Banqer this term. Having researched the minimum wage and student wages they have agreed to a weekly wage of $378 being $12.60 p.hr for a 6 hour day (no lunch payment).

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I'm LOVING Banqer!

I'm LOVING Banqer!

I'm gradually getting things settled, but it is almost the same pitch of excitement and frenzy of the Wall St stock market in my room. I have a Stationery Clerk in charge of who borrows stationery and

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Interest-ing house prices

Interest-ing house prices

Today my kids spent the afternoon looking at house prices, and how much interest people pay for their houses. We used the new myhouse.co.nz app brought out last week, and lots of the students could ma

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What a disaster!

What a disaster!

Earlier this term in my class we initiated Property Insurance. After a discussion around why insuring our properties would be a good idea (being a school in Christchurch this was easy to talk about) m

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Changing overdraft amounts

Changing overdraft amounts

Hi Bernice, sorry there isn't so make sure you're students choose carefully. I'm assuming it'd be handy for you if your students could edit these?

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The Awesome Power of Banqer

The Awesome Power of Banqer

My class has just been introduced to Banqer, wow what an immediate impact it has had on the engagement of the children. They have taken to the whole concept on online banking, salaries and expenditure

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Transforming a classroom into an Economy

Transforming a classroom into an Economy

Every chance I get I love to get out of Banqer HQ and into some of our amazing Banqer classrooms across New Zealand. Every visit I learn something new about Banqer, because Banqer is simply a tool. It

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Imagine this...

Imagine this...

Imagine if each class had a city that they could see (similar to SimCity) where they could inspect houses and buy up real estate as they see fit. With these houses they could then renovate, for exampl

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A Banqer App for teachers and students?

A Banqer App for teachers and students?

Hey Emily, Thanks for raising this. We hear this a bit from teachers and it's something that we have thought about. To be honest the only reason we haven't jumped at it is a lack of resources really.

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Kiwisaver Contributions

Kiwisaver Contributions

Hi Bernice, Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention! We have gone and fixed the issue so the contributions should now be showing up correctly. Sorry about that, and thank you once again!

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Seeing your teacher account

Seeing your teacher account

Hey Michael. The net worth is worked out as money in expense account + savings account (as well as KiwiSaver + Real Estate equity if you have these modules activated). Hope that helps. Thanks Micah.

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Thoughts

Thoughts

Now I have been working with Banqer for the last two terms I thought I would post some of my experiences. First of all let me say that this is fantastic, for many years I have run this type of thing

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Home Learning -the Parent's share of Education

Home Learning -the Parent's share of Education

This program was spot on! What is the purpose of education: To learn to interact with others properly To learn to respond to instruction To learn to complete tasks To learn empathy To learn explorati

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