Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as empathy requires face-to-face interactions, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home. According to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

While some tools focus specifically on empathy, the websites and apps that you use daily (in all subjects) can be used to promote perspective...

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  • About the Author:

    Danny Wagner is senior editor, education reviews at Common Sense Education. His focus is on guiding the editorial direction of the Ratings & Reviews platform to discover the best in education technology. In addition to reviewing digital media for learning potential, Wagner produces content and writes articles for a variety of topics, including STEM and social and emotional learning. Previously, he was curriculum technology integration specialist for San Francisco (CA) Unified School District and a science and robotics teacher for a decade in the midwest. Prior to his career in education, he worked as an environmental engineering consultant.