Quality social-emotional learning (SEL) and effective special education (SpEd) programming look remarkably similar. Each relies on a positive, safe learning environment and touts activities geared toward student strengths and weaknesses. Both types of programming facilitate a group experience where individual outcomes are designed to be disparate, be recorded, and used to track growth. Because these two types of programming are similar in philosophy, it should come as no surprise that both SEL and SpEd can be enhanced and expanded by innovative edtech solutions—most notably, student-created virtual reality (360 VR videos).

The benefits of VR


VR is proving to be an effective engagement...

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  • About the Author:

    Billy Deskin is a special education teacher at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle. He is a graduate of Seattle University’s Master in Teaching program.

    Sam Williamson is a co-founder at Kinful. Kinful is a K-12 SEL program where students produce their own perspective-taking VR films and watch those made by global peers.