Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get Plus?
If you're already signed up to Banzai as a teacher, it's waiting in your account. Log in, select one of your classes, click "Settings," and add Plus. Or, you can create a new class with Plus already added.
If you don't have a Banzai account, click here to sign up and use Plus (and Junior and Teen) for free.
- Is Plus free?
Yes! All of Banzai's courses are free for educators and students. Banzai is supported by banks and credit unions who sponsor experience-based, financial education in your community.
- How is Plus different from Teen?
It's actually quite similar, at least on the surface. It has a pretest, a game, and a posttest. It also has vocab features, just like in Teen. As a teacher, you can grade your students' progress.
But Plus targets high schools students specifically; it addresses things like 401(k)s, mortgages, identity fraud, and other advanced topics—things adults don't learn about until they have to. Plus even has a few extra features, most notably, a credit report and "time travel." The credit report shows students how their choices, and their spending, affect their ability to borrow. Time travel, on the other hand, helps students see how even small decisions can pile up over time.
And, like Teen, Plus is a lot of fun. The game is twice as long, the humor just as ridiculous, and, most importantly, it's real life.
- What ages is Plus appropriate for?
We designed Plus with two groups in mind: 1) teachers who want an "advanced" personal finance course for their students, and 2) colleges and adults. The game revolves around a young person's goal to buy a home. On the way, he or she hits all kinds of roadblocks and setbacks (and even a few happy surprises).
If you're worried Plus might be above your students' level, we encourage you to give it a try anyway. Banzai's teaching strategies favor experimentation over instruction, which makes the concepts much more accessible.
- How long does it take?
Plus is a little longer than Teen, however, it has one seamless story (as opposed to two, in Teen). Consider taking 2 to 5 classroom hours to complete the pretest, game, and posttest in Plus.
- Do my students need to complete Teen before Plus?
No, but we recommend it. Plus was designed to be used independently—and it's plenty easy to use—however, your students will learn more and be better prepared for Plus if they've completed Teen first.
- Is there a printed Activity Kit for Plus?
No, however, the Activity Kit for Banzai Teen is perfectly suited for students also using Plus.