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Creating a mindful classroom with 6 helpful apps


When students calm their minds, they can be more productive

DreamyKid

Featuring quotes, a visually pleasing interface, and helpful elements like a built-in timer, DreamyKid is another mindfulness app built for young people. However, individuals of any age can get something out of it. There are apps for specific needs, too. Some of them work well for helping kids wind down before nap time, and others can help them stay committed to tasks.

Also, schools and other organizations that work with children can get DreamyKid for no charge. One of the possible downsides is that it’s only available on iOS for now, but an Android version is on the way.

Insight Timer

Insight Timer claims to offer the most extensive library of free guided meditation content with more than 15,000 options available. Also, the “timer” part of the name relates to how you can choose from several sounds that signal to listeners when it’s time to start and stop meditating. As such, learners could begin to associate a soothing noise with getting in the frame of mind to meditate. There is a specific section of content for beginners, too.

Calm

This highly-rated meditation app goes beyond the kinds of mindfulness that people typically associate with the term. For example, there is a section of material for mindful movement, plus exclusive music tracks to help users get engrossed in their quest toward mindfulness.

If you get the premium version of the app, it offers a daily calm, which is a new meditation for each day. It could be an excellent way to start the school day.

Chill

This app encourages people to make mindfulness part of their everyday activities, so it could help show kids that they shouldn’t only engage in mindfulness when they’re in your class. It can send up to five random reminders to people that urge them to meditate. There are also quotes and photos for users to share with their classmates on social media.

This app proves that although there are distracting ways to use smartphones in schools, it’s also possible to depend on them to help kids learn something new that could benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Meditation apps offer accessibility

As this list demonstrates, there are numerous apps to promote mindfulness in your classroom. Even better, some offer the content free for educators, meaning you can try meditation with your students without cutting into your budget.

Have you tried to introduce mindfulness into your classroom? What apps or other technologies have you used? What were the results? Let us know in the comments!

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