Teaching your students different ways of showing acts of kindness is important in teaching character development. Today, with the emphasis on anti-bullying, there are many ways for students to do good deeds to show empathy, appreciation, and display a caring attitude toward others.
Various apps can be used by your students to show acts of kindness and in teaching character development. Here's a few apps and ideas you can use with your class.
1. Make posters for your classroom and hallwaysTry Canva or Typorama to make the posters. Your students can find great quotes or make up their own for the posters. The posters will have such a professional look.
2. Create a Collage of a Classmate
Use PicCollage for this fun activity. This is a great way for students to get to know each other better. They can interview each other and choose kind words to describe their classmate. Students can add more elements to the collage.
3. Make Cards for School Staff
I came across the neatest app to use for any occasion. It's called Create a Card. Students can create cards for the custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, crossing guards, or other people who contribute greatly to the school. Students create their own card or personalize a template. Add a photo, additional message, and even handwrite the signature to add a personal touch to the card.
4. Connect With Parents
Use Animoto to send slideshow video. This app is so easy to use. Just add your photos or images, music, video clips, and additional text. (This is a short video that students created for their parents on Valentines.)
5. Create an "I AM..." Mindmap
Students can use Popplet (paid version is $4.99) or other mindmapping apps to create an "I AM" mindmap about themselves. This is an excellent activity for Growth Mindset.
6. Poems of Kindness
I'm sure your students are familiar with magnetic poetry, they will love the app Instant Poetry 2 to create poems with a beautiful photo backgrounds. Use the backgrounds provided or add your own photos. Just click on a button to select from more words.
These activities lead into my Ruby Bridges unit which includes tolerance activities appropriate for elementary age students. Besides learning about the life of Ruby Bridges, can discuss the group activities about real life situations to help you in teaching character development.
I would love for you to share other apps that can be used for Random "Apps" of Kindness and ways you are teaching character development in your classroom.