Teen Financial Literacy Education Program Includes A.I. Tool

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Teachers now have a relevant and fun way to look at personal finance using techniques popular with teenagers including games and video blogs. The LIFE Foundation has updated its free on line teaching tool that conforms with existing state mandated curricula. AHA Communications, developers of the successful home building simulation program, Building Homes of Our Own, rise to challenge and create new Artificial Intelligence engine to help explain the basics of insurnace to hopefully create an aHa moment!

“We’re very excited about this new program, but especially the artificial intelligence engine, which is ground-breaking in the education arena,” said Dennis Hayashi, aHa Communications’ chief creative officer.

At a time when schools are scrambling to find budget and the government is calling for financial literacy education, http://www.nextgen3.org offers high school level educators a high-quality, content-rich, free program they can use in a variety of subject areas. The goal is to help educators arm young people with the basic knowledge they will need to make informed insurance and financial decisions throughout their lives.

Because risk, insurance and financial planning are not topics high school kids clamor for, NextGen3 was created with teen-friendly formats to help educators engage young minds. The website features:

  •     video docudramas portraying first-person teen stories
  • an Artificial Intelligence tool that answers questions in “real-time” and becomes     “smarter” the more it is used
  • online quizzes and games
  • lessons with a running “reality” theme - following the adventures of the Brown Family and Friends as they make financial decisions and life choices.
  • a comprehensive Educator Guide and Student Workbook
  • on-line ordering form for a free DVD of the program

For high-school level teachers, NextGen3 is an easy to-use supplemental teaching tool that can be integrated into existing mandated curriculum, and will satisfy national learning standards. The lessons and activities can enhance regularly scheduled lessons in a wide variety of subjects, from family and consumer sciences to business, social sciences, math and language arts.

NextGen3 was created by the nonprofit LIFE Foundation in partnership with veteran education development firm aHa Communications. It is the third edition of LIFE ’s acclaimed high school insurance education program. Since it was introduced in 1997, the Next Generation program has served more than 50,000 teachers and reached over 25 million students.

“We’re very excited about this new program, and especially the artificial intelligence engine, which is ground-breaking in the education arena,” said Dennis Hayashi, aHa Communications’ chief creative officer. “Giving students the chance to obtain real-time answers to their questions has the potential to greatly enhance the learning process and help develop a new generation of financially literate and savvy consumers,” he noted.    

About LIFE
The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 to meet the growing need for public information and education in the areas of life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. To learn more, visit http://www.lifehappens.org.

About aHa Communications
Alexandria, VA-based aHa Communications, is an interactive education program development firm that has created award-winning K-12 programming across a wide range of subjects and issues: financial literacy, fire safety, self esteem, conflict resolution, principles of risk management and the home building process. A number of aHa’s digital, print and video programs have garnered honors for educational excellence. For more information, visit http://www.aha-comm.com.

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