Teachers may now register for the Spring 2014 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG). The session begins on Monday, Feb. 10 and ends its 10-week trading period Friday, April 18.
The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions.
According to Don Altmyer, BHSU professor of accounting and SDSMG coordinator, students participating learn more effectively as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world. Teachers have found the program boosts student motivation and attendance.
The South Dakota Board of Education has mandated an economics or personal finance course as a state high school graduation requirement, and the SDSMG program provides teachers with lesson plans by subject and grade level that correlate to national content standards in economics and personal finance.
To register, go to www.stockmarketgame.org and click on Register Now and select USA and South Dakota and select the Feb. 10 to April 18 trading session. Free web-based teacher-training workshops will be conducted for teachers before the game starts. There is a $ 10 team registration fee that includes access to online team-trading screens to research companies, a Teacher Support Center with online lesson plans by grade level and subject, and classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects.
The top teams receive cash prizes in each division. Students who participate receive free entry into InvestWrite, our national writing competition where students compile online essays on the benefits on long term saving and investing. The top essays receive a free trip to New York City and the New York Stock Exchange.
The SDSMG is presented by the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education. Last year, the SDSMG program had more than 1,000 students from 46 schools participate. Nationwide more than 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year.
For more information on the program or the webinars, contact Altmyer at Don.Altmyer@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6266.