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Introducing Students to Inflation Indexes
CPI, PPI, PCE...More than a jumble of letters, these indexes give important information about inflation and the economy. This article offers teachers a primer on inflation and inflation indexes.

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Share the Wealth: Ideas for Teaching Inflation
How do you teach students the difference between inflation and changes in the cost of living? We offer tips, including a time travel exercise, for teaching these concepts.

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Part Chart, Part Science: The Evolution of Economic Indicators
Just as the economy has evolved over many decades, so, too, have the ways economic activity is measured. What was once perhaps a key metric might now be only a marginally useful gadget in an economist's toolbox. Read more.

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Tech Tools for Teachers, Just a Click Away
The Atlanta Fed offers several online resources for students to use in the classroom or for a special project. This article summarizes them.

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Let FRED Help Your Students Tell an Economic Story
This article takes the reader step by step through a process of gathering information on inflation using Federal Reserve Economic Data, or FRED. FRED is an excellent classroom tool for researching any economic issue.

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What Kids Say about Personal Finance
Teachers, do you ever wonder if you're getting through? Some middle schoolers talk to us about what they're learning in personal finance.

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Getting SMART about Economics: Bringing Whiteboard Lessons to Your Classroom
Today's youth—so-called digital natives—have lived lives of "bits, bytes, and bauds." We offer tips for teachers how to engage these students with interactive whiteboards. The article includes links to lessons to use with the whiteboards.

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Not Your Mother's Videotex: High-Tech Banking Takes Off
Internet banking has become more popular than banking in the neighborhood branch. We sum up the history and functions of high-tech banking, so you can take it to your classroom.

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More Than a Checkbook: Classroom Resources for Personal Finance and Banking
The Federal Reserve System offers a wealth of resources for teachers of economics and personal finance. We round some up.

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Hurricane Katrina: Still Teaching Valuable Lessons Seven Years Later
"Save for a rainy day." That overarching lesson from the Atlanta Fed's four-part curriculum, based on the real-life experiences of four families in an emergency, is still relevant. We bring you up to date on one of the featured families.

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Boomerang in the Classroom: Lessons in Personal Finance from the Global Crisis
The global finance lessons of Michael Lewis's book Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World also ring true for personal finance. This article offers some suggestions for using this book to supplement your curriculum.

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Emergency Preparation
This article describes a project-based method for teaching students of personal finance that emergency preparedness means more than having an escape route.

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Using Technology to Reduce Payment Card Fraud
The United States is experiencing a growth of fraud with credit and debit cards. We summarize an Atlanta Fed research paper on the technology that could help this country do a better job of fighting payment card fraud.

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Atlanta Fed Adds another Tool to Teachers' Toolkit
The Atlanta Fed launched an animated video series last April with a primer on inflation. The second installment looked at gross domestic product. We note that the videos' engaging graphics and straightforward examples are an excellent tool for teaching these basic economic concepts.

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The Classroom Economist Explains the Federal Reserve
This fall will see the release of the seventh edition of the Classroom Economist. This article describes this edition's content, which goes into the history of central banking in the United States.