Monday, May 14, 2012

Consumer Education Unit - Don't get ripped off!

Consumer Education Projects
Your job is to become an expert on one of the following topics and then teach the important ideas about it to the class. Your final grades in the class and your consumer education credit depend on your project, your presentation and a final exam.
  1. “Why am I broke all the time?” How and why to do a personal budget.
  2. “What security deposit?” How to rent an apartment.
  3. “Pay myself first? What the…?” The how and why of savings.
  4. “As seen on TV.” The power of advertising.
  5. “The story of stuff.” How do my buying habits affect the world?
  6. “Scams, spam and getting slammed.” How to avoid getting ripped off online and in the real world.
  7. “I wish my parents were rich.” How to pay for college and not get buried in debt.”
  8. “But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour!” What to expect from wages. Where does all the money go from your paycheck?
  9. “Pay the man.” How to do your taxes.
  10. “Oh Lord, won’t ya buy me a Mercedes Benz.” How to buy cars and other expensive stuff. (or just take the train)
  11. “A cheeseburger costs $487.63?” How to avoid credit card debt.
  12. “If it seems too good to be true...” How bad consumer decisions contributed to the recent financial crisis.
  13. "I always use protection!" How Insurance can save your butt.
  14. "I want it NOW!" How to separate needs from wants and base consumer decisions on your core values.

Your grade depends on the following:

  1. VISUAL presentation you will use to teach the class about your topic. This can be a PowerPoint, but could also be a video or other type of presentation (20pts)
  2. The ORAL part of your presentation in which you teach the class about your topic. (10pts)
  3. A one-page handout with key ideas which will be printed and distributed. (10pts)
  4. A 10 question multiple choice quiz on your topic. (10pts)
You must keep track of, and list your sources on your one-page handout. These will be useful to your classmates if they need to look up this information in the future. 

As you work - save your files often, and be sure to e-mail the most recent version to your partner(s) at the end of every class/work session. Losing your file is not an acceptable excuse. 

Name files based on this template: Group00_class_product.ext
Group01_ConEd_Present.ppt  --> this is the presentation for group 1
Group13_ConEd_Handout.doc --> this is the handout for group 13
Group07_ConEd_Quiz.doc   --> this is the set of quiz questions for group 7 

Here are some links to resources for our Consumer Education unit. You may and should use other sources, but these should get you started.

1 - Why am I broke all the time?

2 - What security deposit?

3 - Pay myself first?

4 - As seen on TV:

5 - The story of stuff.

6 - Scams, spam and getting slammed:

7 - I wish my parents were rich!

8 - But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour...

9 - Pay the man.

10 - Oh Lord, Won't ya buy me a Mercedes Benz..

11 - A cheeseburger costs $487.63!

12 - If it seems too good to be true...

13 - How Insurance can save your butt...

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