Students can create impressive video slideshows using research resources built right into the Shadow Puppet Edu iPad/iPhone app designed by Seesaw Learning. They can capture screengrabs from an interactive map, safely search for images from the web, and access image archives from trusted sources, such as the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and NASA. Students put the slides in order; add text, music, and narration; and then export the final project as a video file. Shadow Puppet Edu supports ELLs in developing academic vocabulary in both collaborative groups and independently. Students can use the app to review new concepts, present research, track progress, explain their thinking, and more. More than 30 lesson ideas supporting the Common Core State Standards make it easy to get started. Cost: Free
Across the world, equity and accessibility have become two of the thorniest issues districts face as they continue to offer learning in remote and hybrid learning environments. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some states delayed online learning because they realized all students could not access it.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”