Building social and emotional-learning (SEL) skills such as curiosity requires face-to-face interaction, 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 Character Lab, curiosity is: a strong desire to learn or know something—a search for information for its own sake.

While some tools focus specifically on building curiosity, the websites and apps that you use daily (in all subjects) can be used to promote inquisitiveness, too. You don’t have to stop using the tools you love or toss out...

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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.