Banqer - Financial Literacy Platform

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Banqer essentially transforms the classroom into a virtual economy where kids can learn to earn, save, spend and invest in a safe and engaging way. It is designed by teachers, for teachers, is well supported with comprehensive resources and, as well as improving students financial capabilities, it is an effective class management tool.

I recently met  with Liz Phelan (Operations and Sales) from Banqer and she gave me a demo of the platform. I was really impressed with the cross curricula links and the classroom management element.  This took me back to the days when I was a 5/6 classroom teacher. The students were so motivated towards learning and absolutely loved the opportunity to simulate real life scenarios by buying,  selling and saving through a program called Money Matters. Banqer is basically new and improved version of Money Matters or you may also remember a similar program called Earn & Learn. What separates Banqer from other financial literacy packages available today is that is online, easily accessible and certain elements have been automated to remove the forgetful teacher component.  Meaning students trust the integrity within the  system and know they are going to get paid (virtually) as a reward for their effort.

Real life financial scenarios are played out through the Banqer platform in modules. These modules can be released gradually as the students develop their financial competency.  Students simulate the grow of their wealth portfolio through their Banqer online bank account.

Students experience;

  • paying bills
  • purchasing a house
  • saving and receiving interest
  • tax
  • insurance
  • superannuation contributions
  • online transactions
  • financial disasters/emergencies
  • receive e-payments as classroom rewards

Student’s data and privacy are safe within the Banqer platform. The set up is all done in a few easy steps by the classroom teacher and is not linked to students email accounts. All data is stored in Sydney and is safe and secure.

Who is it for?

Students as young as Level 2 (year2) right through to Secondary age students are using Banqer to develop their financial literacy skills!! Teachers all over the world are using Banqer to create engaging classroom dynamics and classroom management practices while learning more about what makes the world spin "MONEY".

How do I get started with Banqer?

Banqer is free by clicking the 'Get Sponsored Now' link on the website and follow the guided process to getting your classroom economy set up. Alternatively you can contact Liz Phelan liz@banqer.co

Apple Teacher Program

Apple recently released the Apple Teacher program a self paced learning experience where you can earn virtual badges by displaying your knowledge of iPad, Mac and Swift Coding. Click on this link to find out more.  https://appleteacher.apple.com

Teachers can download fantastic iBooks filled with engaging multimedia and text through the iBooks Store. These iBooks will provide you with the knowledge required to earn your Apple Teacher badges as well as how to implement Apple technology better in your classroom including lesson ideas etc. The Apple Teacher iBooks are a great resource for teachers and school leaders who want to build their teachers digital technology capacity. This is a must for any schools with a 1:1 iPad or Mac program. Great self paced PD as well!!!

To find these iBooks search Apple Teacher in the iBooks Store. 

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To earn a Apple Teacher badge you must answer 4 out of 5 questions per category correctly. You can resit the quiz as many times as you like and the questions randomly change each time.

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Remember to document your time spent completing the Apple Teacher badges as PD for your

VIT registration.

Once you have completed all the badges you will be provided with the Apple Teacher logo which can be used as part of your email signature and "shown off" with great pride. 

Are You A Night Shifter?

What is Night Shift Mode?

Night Shift Mode was a released in IOS 9.3 and has escaped many including myself as a feature of some significance. Night Shift mode allows the user to adjust the screens brightness and colour temperature to cut down the amount of blue light emitted by your device.  

Blue Light

Blue light has direct links to some major health risks as mentioned below in the diagram. As educators it is important to make students and parents aware of these associated risks of exposure to blue light. Especially now that most schools are rolling out 1:1 devices the need to be educated about the effect of long periods of exposure to blue light should be a compliance all stakeholders are aware of and part of any school's 1:1 OH&S policy. 

On the Kelvin scale used to determine color temperature, an iPhone 6 display measures at about 7100K, while an iPad Air 2 display is slightly warmer at 6900K. On the lighting spectrum, 6900K and 7100K blue light levels are similar to the light you would see on a bright, cloudy day outdoors. Blue light is also harder on the eyes, especially in an indoor room that's lit with a dimmer yellow light.

Kelvin Scale

Kelvin Scale

Night Shift Devices

Night Shift is a feature in iOS 9.3, but as it turns out, it isn't a feature that's available on all of the devices able to run iOS 9. Night Shift requires a 64-bit processor, which encompasses the A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X. The iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, the sixth-generation iPod touch, and the iPad Pro can be used with Night Shift.

Night Shift can be scheduled to automatically turn on and off at what ever time you like including screen brightness. 

How to turn Night Shift Mode on.

How to turn Night Shift Mode on.

How to get Night Shift to automatically turn on each day. You can set the time and the brightness. 

How to get Night Shift to automatically turn on each day. You can set the time and the brightness.