Wednesday Workshop: Using Online Calculators

Date and Time



1 hour


Are you ready to harness the power of online financial calculators to make informed financial decisions with confidence? Join us for an enlightening workshop where we’ll explore the ins and outs of using online calculators for loans, savings, mortgages, and more, all while keeping accessibility in mind.

What To Expect

Introduction and Icebreaker (10 minutes)

  • Welcome participants and introduce the workshop’s theme of using online financial calculators.
  • Facilitate an icebreaker activity to encourage participants to share their experiences with using financial calculators and any challenges they’ve encountered.

1. Understanding the Importance of Online Financial Calculators (10 minutes)

  • Discuss the significance of online financial calculators in making informed financial decisions.
  • Highlight the various types of calculators available for loans, savings, mortgages, and other financial scenarios.

2. Navigating Accessibility Challenges (15 minutes)

  • Explore common visual accessibility challenges faced by users when using online financial calculators.
  • Discuss the importance of accessibility features such as screen readers, magnification tools, and high contrast options.

3. Practical Strategies for Enhancing Accessibility (15 minutes)

  • Explore a range of practical strategies for enhancing accessibility when using online financial calculators.
  • Discuss options for adjusting settings, customizing layouts, and utilizing built-in accessibility features provided by the calculator platforms.
  • Share tips for maximizing usability, such as utilizing keyboard shortcuts, increasing font sizes, and adjusting color contrast settings.
  • Emphasize the importance of user-friendly design and the role it plays in ensuring accessibility for all users, regardless of visual impairment.

4. Hands-On Practice Session (15 minutes)

  • Guide participants through a hands-on practice session using various online financial calculators.
  • Encourage participants to explore different scenarios, input parameters, and interpret results.

5. Best Practices for Using Financial Calculators (10 minutes)

  • Share best practices for using online financial calculators effectively, including double-checking inputs, understanding assumptions, and interpreting results accurately.
  • Discuss resources for accessing reliable and user-friendly financial calculators with built-in accessibility features.

Q&A and Discussion (5 minutes):

  • Open the floor for participants to ask questions, share insights, and discuss their experiences with using online financial calculators.

Closing and Penny Forward Updates (5 minutes):

  • Summarize key takeaways from the workshop, emphasizing the importance of accessibility in using online financial calculators.
  • Provide a brief update on Penny Forward initiatives, upcoming events, or resources related to financial capability.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to unlock the full potential of online financial calculators and take control of your financial future. Embark on a journey towards mastering financial calculators with accessibility in mind. Together, let’s empower ourselves to make informed financial decisions and achieve our goals with confidence.

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