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Great Games That Teach Life Skills

So much of what students have to navigate in school takes skills that aren't always taught in the classroom. Technology can teach them about their health and wellness and help them develop skills such as conflict resolution, safe social networking, and getting along with others. With the tools on this list, students will be reading stories, playing interactive games, creating digital media, and analyzing their own personality profiles. 

Looking for more resources to help students navigate life's digital dilemmas? Check out our guide to Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning

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Four Little Corners - An interactive storybook app about friendship

Simple story about shapes showcases problem-solving and inclusion

Bottom line: This cute little story could be a nice launching pad for big discussions about friendship, tolerance, and acceptance.

Kid in Story Book Maker

Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills

Bottom line: Kid in Story Book Maker is a must-have story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

Toca Tea Party

Pretend play meets social skills at this cute interactive gathering

Bottom line: Beautiful, imagination-provoking app is so easy to use, kids will likely want to return for many more parties.

Big Kid Life Vet

Gentle feedback helps kids learn empathy and some ABCs

Bottom line: This engaging and simple veterinarian game helps preschoolers build pre-reading skills.

Peekapak

Complete social-emotional learning units in a neat and tidy package

Bottom line: These 10 SEL units provide teachers with almost everything they'll need to spark positive character development in their students.

Zoo U

Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential

Bottom line: A powerful and focused social problem-solving game designed to reach kids who need direct instruction.

Hall of Heroes

Responsive game helps students prepare for transition to middle school

Bottom line: Wonderful and fun social-interaction game designed to teach cooperation and friendship skills needed for middle school and beyond.

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons

Bottom line: A hip, compelling read for tweens and teens looking for guidance and understanding of common social situations.

The Carnegie Cyber Academy

Safe internet practices wrapped up in fun, illuminating games

Bottom line: A unique project helps kids learn about serious Internet safety while playing in a lighthearted virtual world.

inspirED

Uplifting one-stop shop for social and emotional learning resources

Bottom line: inspirED delivers exactly what it claims: empowering, easy-to-search content for social and emotional learning.

Wellness and Self-Improvement

Mindprint Learning

Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles

Bottom line: This extraordinary tool uses normed digital assessments to create a specific learning profile and provide authentic tools for individual learners.

I Got This: An Interactive Story

Interactive story explores diabetes health issues, lacks depth

Bottom line: A kid-friendly way to teach an important message about healthy living, but a missed opportunity to fully engage kids with assessment or gameplay.

LearnStorm

Guided lessons focus on the brain, encourage a growth mindset

Bottom line: Wonderful, easy-to-use lessons spur self-reflection and a growth mindset in students.

AMAZE

Quirky, funny videos give thoughtful answers to kids' sex-ed questions

Bottom line: An appealingly down-to-earth way to help kids face tough questions about navigating the challenges of puberty.

Roadtrip Nation

Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard

Bottom line: Incredibly inspirational, fun, and helpful guide for kids trying to figure out a sustainable, happy future.

Pairin

Robust personality survey for students results in real-world insights

Bottom line: For educators who have the time, drive, and buy-in, this program is a great data-analysis and character-development tool.

Sex, Etc.

Reliable, unbiased sex ed site keeps it real for teens

Bottom line: An engaging and informative destination for sex ed teachers and students.

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