Archive for the ‘Online Calculators’ Category

Kahn Academy

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Why not teach the world?  That’s what Salman Khan is doing.

“What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos . . . covering everything from arithmatic to personal finance to history and physics” delivers millions of simple 10 minute long lessons via the internet every day.  Every video was created by Salman Kahn using Smoothdraw, Camstudio and Youtube.   The lessons are simple and short and but very effective, based on the number of people viewing them online.

Below is a video about from PBS News Hour in 2010.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

GapMinderHans Rosling is currently a proferssor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and he has been a speaker at TED multiple times.  He is probably best know worldwide for, a website where you can view and explore statistical data from all around the world in an easy to use graphic format.  “Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view” is the Mission of Gapminder.

Why do you want to take a moment to explore  Because regardless of what previous experience you might have had with statistics, this website is bound to change your opinions of the science of statistics as well as some of your own misconceptions about the world we live in.  Take a look at this 4 minute video about the last 200 years of history to give you a taste of what statistics can tell us about our world.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes -The Joy of Stats – BBC 4

Christmas Price Index

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Every year, since 1984, PNC Financial Services has assembled the cost of purchasing the items listed in the 12 Days of Christmas carol.  Though certainly not recognized as a legitimate economic indicator, the PNC Christmas Price Index can help teach concepts such as inflation, deflation and what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is all about.

This year’s presentation includes a well done interactive pop-up book as well as chartsactivities & other games for students.  So has the cost of Christmas gone up or down for 2010?  You’ll have to check the website to find out:

Magic Ball Mind Reader

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Here’s an oldie but a goodie.  Do you remember the online Magic Ball Mind Reader?  The original mind reader was credited to Andy Naughton and appeared in 2002.  Today the old flash animation is located at’s website but you can also view a newer version of it here, and if you’re wondering what else Mr. Naughton has been up to you can visit his portfolio at Flashlight Creative.  Here’s a version of the mind readed that was customized for the CBS’s TV show the Ghost Whisperer.   The mind reader is even available as an iPhone app.

If you’ve never seen it before check it out.  The online mind reader is guaranteed to at least surprise you.  If you vaguely remember the site from a few years back it’s still worth revisiting.  Try to see if you can remember how it works.

And if you can’t figure it out, there are some websites and blogs that can help you out.

The Cost to Drive

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Do you love to drive? If you do then you know that it can get pretty expensive to drive everywhere. features a “galculator” which can give you a pretty good estimate of the cost to drive just about anywhere in North America.  The website will also gives you a route map that includes gas stations along the way with their current fuel prices.  And for more information about getting the most out of your car’s fuel efficiency check out

Try today to get “full visability inot the cost of car travel”

Saturday, January 16th, 2010 is a publically traded company (Nasdaq: RATE) that went online in 1996.  The site is sort of like “consumer reports” for banking. monitors almost 5,000 financial institutions and provides users with a quick comparison of them all.  They track mortgage rates, CD rates, credit cardsfinancing college, all kinds of loans and insurance.  It’s a great resource for anyone who needs to research their financial options and it can provide information to anyone no matter how money savy they are.

Some features to check out:  Comparing CD Rates, Comparing Mortgage Rates, Comparing Credit Cards, Comparing Auto Loans, and various Financial Calculators.

Dr. Calculator

Sunday, August 16th, 2009 has a collection of calculators that would be of help to just about anyone.  Most of them are for personal finance.  For example, try the Simple Savings Calculator to experiment with compound interest or experiment with the Basic Mortgage Calculator.  There are also some novelty calculators like the calculator for how much you’ll save by bagging lunch or the Cost of Living Calculator.  There’s also some calculators for health issues like the Body Mass Calculator.

Why not take a moment to improve your financial knowledge by playing with the online calculators at