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March Madness, anytime—Bank On It style: How to set up your own classroom tournament

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How to set up your own Bank On It® classroom tournament

Bank On It is an interactive online game designed to help students master accounting concepts and trivia. It offers an ever-growing collection of CPA-approved content that focuses on business and industry, public and non-profit accounting, as well as financial literacy.

Hosting a Bank On It tournament in your classroom is a great way to take advantage of class time and earn some points with your students. After all, they’ll get to go head-to-head, putting the accounting knowledge you’ve taught them to the test in a fun, interactive way. And, in turn, you’ll get a classroom full of engaged students vying for the title of classroom champ. It’s a win-win.

Whether you want to test your students’ skills, or reward them for a job well done, setting up your very own Bank On It tournament is easy:

1.) Start by making sure all of your students have created Start Here, Go Places. accounts and entered your classroom code on their My Settings page.

2.) Head to StartHereGoPlaces.com, select For Teachers and click on the Bank On It section of the educator homepage. Then choose Go Play on the right side of the screen. (Or simply go to BankOnItGame.com and sign in using your Start Here, Go Places. account info.) If you don’t already have an educator account, go ahead and set one up now.

3.) Click the Play Bank On It button toward the bottom of the page. (Don’t forget to note your classroom code, on the right side of the page, so you can give it to your students to track their play.)

4.) In the top navigation, click For Educators and select Tournament from the drop down menu.

5.) Click the New Tournament button at the bottom of the pop-up window and select your preferences to design your tournament. After giving it a name, select Create Tournament. It’s that simple. (TIP: We recommend having students play a practice round against the computer before the competition commences to make sure our system automatically recognizes them when it’s go time.)

6.) Let the battle begin! And may the accounting force be with them.

If you want a request a FREE prize for your classroom champ, go to the Classroom Resources page (using the top navigation on the teacher site) and click on Bank On It Winner Goodie Package. Select Request for My Classroom on the upper right side of the page and follow the steps to order. And, as always, if you have any questions along the way, email us at startheregoplaces@aicpa.org.