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SEL, Special Needs, and Character Education Tools Backed by Research

A lot of tech tools claim to have learning benefits, but how do teachers know what's the real deal? One way is to look for either tech that's inspired by the latest research into learning, pedagogy, and instructional design or tech that's been evaluated by researchers. It's not always easy to find this information, so we've curated a list of social and emotional learning, special needs, and character education apps, games, and websites that fit the bill. 

Social Stories Publisher: PufferFish Software Inc.
Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Social Adventures
Expert-approved activities nurture students' social skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Zoo U
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
Grades K-5
Type Game
Price A one-time license fee of $7 per student.
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Teachers say Not Yet Rated
Proloquo2Go Publisher: AssistiveWare
Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $249.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Pictello Publisher: AssistiveWare
Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price $18.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Who Am I? Race Awareness Game Publisher: Playtime Interactive
Q&A game gets students talking about diversity honestly, responsibly
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Roadtrip Nation Visit Website: http://roadtripnation.org/
Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price $20-$25 per student
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Pairin Visit Website: https://www.pairin.com/
Robust personality survey for students results in real-world insights
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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