Friday, September 7, 2012

12 Twitter feeds for HS students to follow

Most of my students are actively engaged with Twitter. Subsequently, I started the TeenDollars Twitter feed last year as a way to share financial and consumer education information applicable to them now. Examples of information we share include advice on how to financially prepare for college (such as processes and financial aid checklists), getting insurance for the first time, or consumer tips on how to buy a car. This week I started to use our Twitter feed as an additional anchor activity, and allow students to select their favorite article to retweet from our account.

Here is who I believe to be the top 12 Twitter feeds for high school students to follow. Each Twitter feed provides practical life advice and financial tips they can benefit from now.

@PlanetMoney NPR’s Planet Money is full of applicable financial and economic information communicated through infographics, podcasts, and blog postings.

@KhanAcademy Khan Academy has 3,300 videos and multiple practice exercises for a number of content areas.

@VolunteerTEENnation VolunTEENnation connects teen volunteers to teen volunteer opportunities.

@USNewsEducation US News & Education provide numerous tips for transitioning into college.

@FASFA Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

@PayingForSchool Fastweb provides great insight into scholarship opportunities and other useful information for students transitioning into college.

@CFPB The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides a number of tools consumers can use to make wise and informed financial choices.

@TeenDollars TeenDollars is student managed and dedicated to providing their fellow students with the financial literacy tools and concepts they need now. They throw in a few fun financial education games from time to time.

@AmericaSaves America Saves provide free financial tools, savings services, advice and resources that help Americans from every income level take the steps needed to take charge of their finances and manage money more effectively.

@Experian_US Experian provides useful information about credit, debt, and credit scores.

@Bankrate Bankrate is full of use consumer advice and financial calculators.

@PracticalMoney VISA's Practical Money Skills is most popular with my students for the financial education games Financial Football and Financial Soccer.

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