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Great Tech for Cultivating Compassion

Compassion is the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another's suffering and have the desire to help. People often confuse this with empathy or being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes. Technology can help supplement the modeling of compassion that occurs in classrooms by providing game-based learning with sympathetic characters or getting students to think about the struggles our world faces every day. Once students feel compassion for someone, they may be spurred to real action. Check out these tools that help students report bullying, get them reflecting through meditation, and spark them to lead community-based projects. 

Interested in seeing tips on how you might use some of these tools in the classroom? Check out our blog series We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Four Little Corners - An interactive storybook app about friendship Publisher: DADA Company
Simple story about shapes showcases problem-solving and inclusion
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better Publisher: Calm.com, Inc.
Relaxing and serene app helps incorporate peace into daily life
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
STOPit for Schools Publisher: STOPit
Easy-to-use reporting tool helps kids report bullying, find adult help
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Peekapak Visit Website: https://www.peekapak.com
Complete social-emotional learning units in a neat and tidy package
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Teaching Tolerance Visit Website: http://www.tolerance.org/
Thought-provoking classroom resources support diversity education
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
The Wonderment Visit Website: https://thewonderment.com/
Ambitious global community aims for public good through student engagement
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Social Express II Publisher: The Language Express, Inc.
Fabulous multimedia lessons boost social-awareness skills
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Hall of Heroes Visit Website: https://www.centervention.com/hall-of-heroes/
Responsive game helps students prepare for transition to middle school
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) Publisher: E-Line Media
Illuminating native Alaskan folktale supports SEL skills
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price 14.99
Platforms PS4, Windows, Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Stop, Breathe & Think Publisher: Tools for Peace
Appealing app guides meditation, promotes compassion
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Character Playbook Visit Website: http://www.characterplaybook.com/
Realistic comic book-style stories help build healthy relationships
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Sustainaville Visit Website: https://www.sustainaville.org/index.php
Sustainable-community sim teaches students how to conserve
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Thomas Was Alone Publisher: Mike Bithell
Story-driven puzzle game teaches students to value their differences and help one another
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $12.99
Platforms Mac, PS3, PS Vita, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Papers, Please Publisher: 3909
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4