Google Tools for Social Emotional Learning

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Tricia Umhafer  

Come and let's draw a picture of how Google tools can be used in social emotional learning for students in both traditional and nontraditional classrooms. We will explore multimedia and interactive approaches, brain breaks to promote cultural awareness and safe ways for self expression, collaboration and emotional check-ins.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not applicable.
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose and objective of this presentation is to:
- Identify what Social Emotional Learning is and the impact it has on students and educators.
- Explore how Google Sites can used to create a multimedia, interactive "cozy corner" or "me space".
- Explain how Google Docs and or Slides can be used to create a digital journal/vision board.
- Discuss how brain breaks with Google Arts and Culture can enhance diversity and cultural awareness for their students and in the classroom.
- Bring to light the idea of Google forms for quick emotional check ins.
- Draw a picture of how Google Drawings can be an excellent tool for self expression and communication. The specific lesson discussed in this presentation will be self portraits with Google Classroom.


5 Minutes: What is Social Emotional Learning?
-Why is it important and how does it impact educators and students.
- Considerations for return to learn.
5 Minutes: Using Google Sites to create a multimedia, interactive "cozy corner" or "me center".
- YouTube
- Links to music and meditation
- Multimedia Art
5 Minutes: Emotional Check In's with Google Forms
-Have the audience "check in".
5 Minutes: Google Docs and Slides for digital journals/vision boards.
- Commenting and collaboration
- Public vs private
5 Minutes: Self Portraits using Google Drawings
5 Minutes: Brain breaks with Google Art and Cultural
- Encouraging cultural awareness and diversity.

Supporting research

Osher, D., Kendziora, K., Spier, E., & Garibaldi, M. L. (2014). School influences on child and youth
development. In Z. Sloboda & H. Petras (Eds.), Advances in prevention science, Vol. 1: Defining
prevention science (pp. 151–169). New York, NY: Springer.

Thapa, A., Cohen, J., Guffey, S., & Higgins-D’Alessandro, A. (2013). A review of school climate
research. Review of Educational Research, 83(3), 357–385.

Zins, J. E., & Elias, M. J. (2006). Social and emotional learning. In G. G. Bear & K. M. Minke (Eds.),
Children’s needs III: Development, prevention, and intervention (pp. 1–13). Bethesda, MD:
National Association of School Psychologists.

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