Consider these tech resources for social-emotional learning

SEL Check-In app encourages students to reflect on their well-being

In previous school years, Long and Clark have used an app called Reflect in Microsoft Teams to help students recognize their emotions and give them the opportunity to share and be heard. Microsoft Reflect provides a safe space to use emojis and characters to build a variety of vocabulary and deepen empathy for others. Meanwhile, the app provides feedback for educators to help guide teaching and create a healthy classroom environment.

This year, Long and Clark will introduce Reflect to OneNote classroom notebooks.

High school students will use OneNote for online data and writing portfolios. This offers educators a way to connect with their students using a quick thinking activity. Students can quickly choose an emotion, feeling, or answer to a question, and can even specify the exact term from a list of related words to choose from.

Learn more about Microsoft Reflect and the Sentiment Monsters with this short informational video.

Find organized and customizable templates for SEL activities

Canva for Education is another favorite resource for focusing on the social and emotional well-being of our students. Canva offers thousands of built-in SEL templates that teachers can quickly and easily edit and use with their students. These models allow teachers to quickly assess students’ needs and provide resources to support them and help them self-regulate.

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According to the company’s Social and Emotional Content website, “Canva is proud to provide ready-to-use, customizable, and free templates for delivering social-emotional learning activities to students, in partnership with experts from Los Angeles USD Model worksheets and posters feature hands-on activities to check mood and emotional temperature and learn how to handle difficult conversations.These help students understand their emotions, identify triggers, and develop strategies to improve their mood.The templates also include posters, banners, announcements, and calendars to check in with students, plan different wellness topics, and practice mindfulness regularly.

Teachers can insert videos, music, links, gifs, and more into any Canva design, and they can easily share the design with a link or through their learning management system.

In The Microsoft Teams playbook: Your guide to creating a self-contained classroom, Long and Clark share a lesson template they created for daily SEL check-ins using Canva. Students can select their emotion for the day and participate in an associated activity, such as meditation, dance, yoga, or even watch a video of a book being read aloud. Access the template and customize the emotions and activities of this Canva SEL design to suit your class.