Fun Facts – June 2017

Summertime is here and what better way to enjoy the warm evenings than watch some of the best movies about economics! Yes – economics – and you might be surprised what movies are on the top ten list created by IMDB.com (check out the list here), and what inspired the people to make them. I’ll give you a hint about …

Fun Facts – May 2017

The upcoming release of the fully updated, FREE Common Sense Government (CSG) course is just a couple of months away. The school year is winding down and you might have some extra class time to fill. You “host” your own Certell End of School Year Film Festival in your classroom. The Certell short videos can be a fun way to …

Fun Facts – April 2017

Sports and product endorsements have gone hand in hand for decades.  Some athlete/product relationships are so strong, that a single first or last name of a superstar can instantly make you think of the product: Tiger (Woods) – Nike; LeBron (James) – Nike; (Michael) Jordan – Nike; Peyton (Manning) – Papa John’s Pizza, Gatorade, Nationwide, Buick, yes, Nike too, oh …

Fun Facts – March 2017

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, what do you think of first? The saint? Parades?  Shamrock shakes? St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland and has evolved to huge secular celebrations that bring tourists – and their money – to countries around the globe. Using the Reporters’ Questions (the …

Fun Facts – February 2017

What better way to celebrate Presidents’ Day week than with some fun, free/low-cost online economic tools!  We hope they will help make your February skies less grey and brighter. While you’re using Certell’s Common Sense Economics for Life, be sure to check out: 2017 Economics Calendar – created by Econoday, this calendar lists important U.S. and international economic-related events by …

Fun Facts -January 2017

United States presidential inaugurations began almost 228 years ago when George Washington took the oath on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. Since then, there have been 57 formal presidential inaugural ceremonies, with the 58th ceremony taking place on Friday, January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Surprisingly, beyond the oath itself, the Constitution provides very little on …

Everyday Economics: St. Nicholas Lesson

December 6th marks the celebration of St. Nicholas Day worldwide. Saint Nicholas is the basis for the American Christmas character Santa Claus. The “jolly ol’ elf” we think of in America is built around the Clement Moore poem, “Twas the night before Christmas.” St. Nicholas was actually a Christian bishop from Turkey, who became the patron saint of children, sailors, archers, …

Everyday Economics: Holiday Giving

For many Americans, the months of November and December are filled with holiday preparations. For many, that preparation involves buying and giving gifts. Have you ever received a gift from a friend or family member that you thought to yourself, “I will never be able to use this,” or “I hope they included the gift receipt”? Check out the engaging …

We are now Certell!

The old vocabulary used words like “education”, “school”, “transcript”, and “credit”. They were static words. But learning today is different. Certell is about certified learning, and not just once and done education, but learning for life. To capture that, we created a new word: “certell”. If you must, you can remember it as “CERtified eLearning for Life”. We simply think …