How Edtech Can Enhance Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom
By @Jeroen De Keyser
Teachers from around the world know it: in teaching, you have to be able to be extremely flexible. In other words, a true teacher is always willing to learn and is mindful of the (new) needs of society. The reason why teachers keep reinventing themselves? They always have the student's best intentions at heart.
SEL is one of these new terms that has been popping up for quite a while now when it comes to learner well-being at school. SEL stands for social and emotional learning, a process that helps students develop the skills and competencies to manage their emotions, build positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is not a separate subject or curriculum, but rather a framework that can be integrated into all aspects of education, from classroom instruction to school culture. These are crucial life skills that will help students transition into adulthood as autonomous and responsible citizens and navigate the labor market.
To address SEL in the classroom effectively, teachers can use evidence-based programs that ensure supportive learning environments and high-quality, consistent opportunities for SEL. Evidence-based SEL programs are grounded in research and principles of child and adolescent development, and scientifically evaluated and shown to produce positive student outcomes. They often incorporate four elements represented by the acronym SAFE: Sequenced, Active, Focused, and Explicit.
Teachers can also embed SEL into their instruction by integrating social and emotional skills into academic content and practices. For example, teachers can use cooperative learning strategies, project-based learning, or inquiry-based learning to promote collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking among students. Teachers can also model and reinforce positive behaviors, such as respect, empathy, kindness, and gratitude in the classroom. Furthermore, SEL becomes a seamless part of the classroom’s culture, rather than one more thing to do, so the connection between academic practices and social and emotional learning deepens.
Edtech and SEL
How can technology help SEL? One of the ways that educators can support SEL in their classrooms is by using interactive touch screens. Interactive touch screens are devices that allow students to interact with digital content using touch, gestures, or stylus. They can be used for various purposes, such as presenting information, engaging students in collaborative activities, providing feedback, and creating multimedia projects.
For example, interactive touch screens can foster a sense of belonging and community among students. For instance, educators can use them to display students' work, celebrate their achievements, and showcase their diversity and interests. Students can also use the screens to share their opinions, perspectives, and feelings with their peers and teachers.
Additionally, interactive screens can enhance students' self-awareness and self-management skills. For example, educators can use them to provide students with tools and strategies to monitor their progress, set goals, and reflect on their learning. Students can also use the screens to access resources and support that can help them cope with stress, anxiety, and other challenges.
Students' social awareness and relationship skills can improve by using these high-tech devices. For instance, educators can facilitate group work, discussions, and debates that require students to listen, communicate, cooperate, and respect each other. All of these activities can be done with the support of interactive touch screens. Students can of course also use them to explore different perspectives, cultures, and issues that affect their lives and the world around them.
Finally, interactive touch screens can boost students' responsible decision-making skills. Imagine educators using their classroom device to engage students in problem-solving, critical or creative thinking activities that challenge them to analyze information, evaluate options, and make informed choices. Students will be enthusiastic to use the screens to express their ideas, opinions, and solutions in various formats and media.
So, these interactive touch screens are not only a powerful tool for enhancing academic learning outcomes but also a valuable resource for supporting social and emotional learning outcomes. By using these 21st century classroom devices in their classrooms, educators can create more engaging, meaningful, and personalized learning experiences for their students that foster their holistic development and well-being.
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