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What’s It Like? 

inspirED’s activities vary in duration from 10-minute exercises to one-hour lessons to project-based activities. The activities page also provides resources from CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) and maps these activities to the five core social and emotional competencies: relationship skills, responsible decision making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. Resources are also presented with each activity, including TED talks, news articles, Edutopia resources, and research articles linked to that specific strand.

Price: Free

Grades: 8-10

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Activities are age-appropriate, direct, and powerful and vary from one-minute to unit-long projects.

Cons: The accountability piece may be missing for teens who use the website independently.

Bottom line: inspirED delivers exactly what it claims: empowering, easy-to-search content for social and emotional learning.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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