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App of the Week: Teen-created inclusion

Teen-created social tool boosts lunchtime inclusion and community.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Sit With Us is a social app designed to help teens find a seat at lunch. After registering with a Facebook account or an email address, students can either search for tables welcoming other people at lunchtime or invite others to sit with them as they eat. They can also apply to be “Ambassadors” who host open lunches from time to time by reading and agreeing to a pledge.

Price: Free

Grades: 7-12

Rating: 5/5

Pros: Provides an authentic way to connect with others, combats isolation, and encourages an inclusive school environment.

Cons: Some teens may take advantage of the social features to engage in risky online communication.

Bottom line: This app has the potential to help students make connections with other students they may not otherwise engage with.

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