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Fostering Connectedness and Promoting SEL

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Explore and create : Playground

This is presentation 1 of 3, at station "STATION 3:SEL" within the playground "Empowering Students and Teachers in a Changing World"; scroll down to see more details.

Other presentations in this group:

Rachelle Dene Poth  

Providing a space to connect with our students is critical. Whether in our classrooms or virtually, we can foster connectedness by leveraging the right tools. Beyond just creating a space to communicate and exchange information, we can use digital tools to promote the development of vital SEL skills.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none needed
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Finding ways to reach all students and to effectively implement new strategies and digital tools into the classroom can be overwhelming. The purpose for this session is that I want to share how some of the changes I have made in my classroom structure, instruction as well as the different digital tools that I have integrated into my classroom, have led to great benefits for my students as well as to my own practice as a teacher. This session will share ideas for creating a flexible, student-driven learning environment, where students build their confidence, relationships and collaborate on a learning adventure. I will share how my students emerged as leaders, through observing their interactions, and they openly shared their experiences, contributed to blogs, stepped out of comfort zone and took some risks
Some examples of how giving students a choice in how to show what they know and can do will enhance their learning experience and retention by making the learning more meaningful and personal.
I will share some of the most versatile tools and methods that are beneficial for anywhere learning and help students to develop the skills they need to be successful now and in the future while also develop essential SEL skills.


During the session we will talk about projects, assessments, and different ways to engage and involve students more in having choices in their learning experiences. I will share many student samples and have presentations available to show attendees how the tools are used and the benefits. I want to provide a very open, collaborative learning experience with my attendees and serve as a resource to share what has worked and really benefitted the students in my classroom, and also how I have benefitted as the teacher.

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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of Mobile Learning Network.She received the Making IT Happen Award in 2019. Rachelle is the author of five books, including her most recent True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us and also has a book with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

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