General Questions

Student Stock Trader is a stock market simulator that allows students to build and manage their own stock market portfolios while safely competing against other class members for the highest performing portfolio!

Student Stock Trader does not require students to provide any personal information. A student may choose a display name that helps other students in the game recognize them.

Once a game has been created by the teacher, navigate to the game settings section and look for the join url. Share this URL with the class or students that you wish to join your game.

Each student will be required to enter a 'Display Name' that will be shown to other students. No email address or other personal information will be stored.

If students use a Google or Facebook account to access Student Stock Trader, then we only store enough information to make the game playable (display name and email address).

The join will be in the form of a number such as XXXX-0. The -0 is a generic join code for a game, it does not have any personal information in it. Once a user joins the game they will be assigned a specific code in the form XXXX-XXX. This code must be used to rejoin the game at a later date. If a user were to use the -0 code they will join as a new user. Teachers can view the assigned student codes on the leaderboard screen should a student forget their unique code.

A student can also use their display name and the generic join code to rejoin (if the setting option allows it).

A teacher can assign a password to the game which can prevent unwanted users from using the generic join code.

The game options screen (under settings) has two options that can effect the join process:

  • Prevent game rejoining by username only. If this option is set the student will need to use their unique join code to rejoin their game.
  • Allow student passwords

If the student password option is selected a teacher can assign the password on the leaderboard screen. A student must then enter their join code and the password to re-enter the game.

To start a new game, navigate to the Settings tab.

On the left hand side of the screen is the settings:

Settings

Enter a start date and an end date into the specified fields and select ‘Start Game’.

Other options are:

Transaction Fee: This is an extra fixed charge added to each stock transfer. Just like the real world buying and selling stock incurs a fixed cost.

Transaction Percent: This is an extra charge that is added to each stock transfer, rather than a fixed charge, this charge is based on a percentage of the purchase amount.

To view a student’s portfolio navigate to the Leaderboard tab:

Leaderboard

Click on the view button for the student that you wish to view and the following dialog will be shown:

Student Portfolio

This dialog will show the stock that the student has purchased as well as the current market value of the stock.

Any cash that the student has remaining will also be shown as part of the student portfolio.

Teachers will always be able to view a student’s portfolio however it’s left up to the teacher to decide if this is enabled for students. This setting can be found in the settings tab.

Stocks can be found in two ways:

  1. Navigate to the Trading tab, where a number of categories have stocks listed:
    • Highest Change – These some stocks that have a high change percentage.
    • NASDAQ – The top 50 stocks based on change percentage all from the NASDAQ.
    • NYSE – The top 50 stocks based on change percentage from the NYSE.
    • Under $20 – Some stocks that are under $20. This is helpful for students looking to use up left over cash.
    • Food & Beverage – Assorted stocks that are classified in the food and beverage industry.
    • Health Care – Assorted stocks that are classified in the health care industry.
    • Energy – Assorted stocks that are classified in the Energy industry.
    • North America – Assorted stocks that are based in North America.
  2. Search:
    • A student can enter either a stock symbol or a company name.

Stock prices will be updated periodically throughout the day.

When a game passes the end time, the system will automatically archive the game data.

The archived game data can be seen by visiting the History tab. Here all members can view the portfolio’s of each of the other players.

Teachers can remove the archive data by visiting the Settings tab and selecting the Delete button on the game history they wish to delete.

Stock Research

To get students thinking about the companies they might invest in, start with what they already
know. Ask your students to create a list of the products or websites they use. Look for things they have at home like cleaning
products, dish soap, bath soap, laundry detergent, food items in the refrigerator or cupboard.

In addition to the product name, students should look into the company that makes the product, from here they can explore where the product was bought, who makes the product, and possibly other products the company produces.

Both the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange are used as data sources for the game.

As your students create a list of companies from the products they use in their home or class, they will come across companies that are not listed on the stock market
This means that these companies are either

  • Privately owned
  • Is a subsidiary of another company
  • Is a brand name
  • Is listed on another stock exchange

Each of these are great discussion points for students.

The following information can be used when reading the stock information of a company:

Reading Quote Information

  • Current – The current price of the stock, this will be the price the transaction occurs at.
  • Open – This is the price that the stock last opened at. This gives you an idea of how much the stock has moved since the last trading day opened.
  • High – This is the highest value the stock has reached in the last trading day.
  • Low – This is the lowest value the stock has reached in the last trading day.
  • Volume – The amount of shares that have been traded in the last trading day. This is helpful to understand if there has been lots of activity on this stock which might indicate that investors think it’s good or bad.
  • Change – The percentage change from it’s opening value to the current value.
  • Charts: The top chart is the last year, the bottom chart is the last trading day. Helpful to view trends.

Yes, Student Stock Trader uses real stock market information, we encourage you to use tools and data from outside sources to help with your research. Student Stock Trader is designed to be a simple tool that will introduce students to the stock market and the basic principles of investing and researching.

Ideas


  • Create a brief company profile for each stock your student owns during the game. Include a summary of the company, where it operates, strengths and weaknesses - especially in comparison to competitors. Research recent annual income statements and balance sheets which can be obtained from the company’s annual reports.
  • Collect basic data about stocks in a portfolio, including: 52 week high and low; PE ratio; volume of trading, discuss the trends.
  • Collect information about stocks in the portfolio - these can be newspaper articles, Internet news articles, magazine ads or articles, etc.
  • Current price of each stock the student owns at the close of the market each day or week. Put information in an Excel spreadsheet and create charts for each stock or mutual fund.
  • Create your own math problems using information in the portfolio. 
  • Create a glossary of terms learned throughout the experience of using Student Stock Trader.
  • Using persuasive writing skills, students can pretend to be a stock advisor and “persuade” a potential client to buy or sell certain stocks.
  • Using reflective writing skills, students can reflect on why a stock or fund did or didn’t do well, why and how the economy is affecting their stock or particular industry, etc.
  • Describe a current event and the economic environment that could affect investment decisions.
  • Write an essay explaining an investment strategy and why it was successful or was not successful.

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