+ What is Cashtivity?
Cashtivity is a simple innovative way to teach & learn math through entrepreneurial challenges on our digital platform. Cashtivity is a collection of interactive, collaborative entrepreneurial challenges and project based learning courses for middle school students, to strengthen their math and life skills as part of their education. Cashtivity challenges also provide cross curricular skills in ELA and Computer Science as well as various other topics like technology, nutrition and sports. All Challenges are hosted on Cashtivity’s dynamic learning platform which streams learning instructions and student generated content in a simple, intuitive way, just like your favourite social stream.
+ Why did Cashtivity decide to focus on math?
There is a need for real world math to motivate and encourage students; math is also a fundamental skill in business and life in general.
+ How do I differentiate?
Differentiate through student groups. Organise students into groups according to strengths & skill levels. You can provide extension questions to advanced student groups or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request questions.
+ Does Cashtivity support learning in other areas than math?
Yes! Cashtivity supports learning in many different areas, like science, nutrition, and music, through real life challenges within all kinds of professions. Take a look at our challenge bundles to see the different cross curricular skills each challenge contains for yourself! Additionally, Cashtivity improves Computer Science and Project Based Learning skills.
+ Do I need to know how a business should be operated to use Cashtivity?
No, we use simple expressions like cost, profit and tax. There is no need for you as a teacher to be very business oriented to use Cashtivity. The challenges are specifically designed to be understood by all, and when business terms are used there will be provided a definition as well.
+ How can the challenges be used in class?
Cashtivity can be used to help review, introduce math skills or test math skills. It is meant to be used as a supplement for teachers and will help students to understand real life challenges.
+ Is Cashtivity Project Based Learning?
Yes! From Cashtivity’s research, teachers have a need for tools that provide content that teachers can teach in their own way during a 45 min class period. Our model for project based learning is designed to fill this void in the classroom. For example, students will learn how to negotiate Steph Curry's next contract using math skills directly linked to their math class.
+ How much does it cost?
Cashtivity is free to start. Our middle school bundle of challenges which is standards aligned will be released during the Fall. Please contact us at email@example.com for more details.
+ What is a lesson?
A lesson is the same as one single Cashtivity challenge. Most challenges take about 45 minutes or one class period. There will also be shorter 5 minute and 15 minute challenges, coming soon!
+ What do the students see when they log in?
The students have their own profile when logging in with their email and can access old or new challenges if an access code has been provided. If they do not log in with an email address, but only use the code, they are immediately sent to the specific challenge stream they have the code for.
+ Do I need training to use Cashtivity?
No, simply follow our quick start guide here, and you are ready to go!
+ What is the framework for the challenges?
Cashtivity has created the Build-A-Business framework that is designed to let students play and practice across 5 major areas or steps of real world business activity; creating ideas, working with customers, planning the business’ products, selling and banking. The 5 steps represent the typical phases you have to go through when developing a business. You can read more about the 5 steps to build a business in our Build-A-Business Framework.
Account & Setup
+ What do I need to use Cashtivity?
Cashtivity can be universally accessed through any modern Internet browser . It is best used on laptops, Chromebooks and iPads. We are working hard to ensure that it can be accessed on mobile browsers too.
+ How do I invite students & teachers to Cashtivity?
By providing them with our website link, app.cashtivity.com, they can easily create their own accounts by using their own email address, through Gmail or Office 365. If they do not have an email address they can easily enter a challenge when provided with a code or alternatively, use a facebook account to log in.
+ Do I need to create accounts for my students to log in with?
No, but students are recommended to login with a school email address so their progress can be saved to their profile.
+ I forgot my password, what do I do?
Simply click on “Forgot Password?” and an email will be sent to you so you can reset your password.
+ What are the functionalities for me as a teacher?
- As a teacher you have the possibility to manage students (decide who has access to a challenge).
- View student activity (view the streams the students are working on and see their collaboration).
- Delete student posts (if you would like to delete something in a stream it is easily done).
+ What do the students learn from these kind of challenges?
By using Cashtivity challenges, the students learn how to work together and achieve completion by making decisions as a business/entrepreneurial thinker. Skills as ability to define choices, filter and prioritize ideas, present a compelling entrepreneurial case, listen and understand, communicate, make predictions, reflect, analyze data and conceptualize, assess, formulate and select questions for surveys are among the things the students will be learning. Financial and business related vocabulary will also be expanded. In essence the students will be able to evaluate real life situations.
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