Every day I am more convinced of the need to educate through emotions. My personal experience in the classroom has taught me that if there is no emotion in the classroom, an important part of the educational process is incomplete. We talked about the emotions generated between teachers and students, as well Rita Pierson says in her TED: “Students do not learn from someone who do not like” and I can not agree more with her. We all remember a special teacher, someone who has influenced in some way in our lives; surely the one we learnt more because we shared our emotions.
Today we’ll talk about the emotions of our students and how to deal with these emotions in the classroom with the aid of some apps. Throughout the two years we have been working in the classroom with tablets, we have found several applications that are very interesting and now we want to share them with you. For students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) emotions are one of the most important aspects to work with because they have great difficulty in recognizing feelings, that’s why emotion apps were the first we used in the classroom.
Continue reading to know these interesting iPad apps.
How are you? is a specific app to work on emotion recognition developed to work with people with ASD, but we can use it with any pupil who presents difficulties in this regard.
Another very motivating and helpful app to recognize emotions and deal with them in the classroom is Avokiddo Emotions. Through a fun game that will disguise three animals we will see different expressions that help us recognize emotions.
Once the students know and recognize sadness, happiness, fear and other emotions, we can use Termotic to know and to measure the intensity of each feeling. It is an app designed specifically for people with ASD but useful for anyone developing this skill .
Fear is one of the most common emotions in learners. With Bye Bye Fears we will be able to recognize different types of fear , and through four interactive stories our students will be able to overcome them.
Another useful app is Duckie Deck Monsters in which nothing it is as it seems and where the most terrifying shadows become lovely monsters.
Controlling emotions is an important subject to work on it . For those times when you need to work this aspect, apps can be a helpful and motivating tool for your students. We hope you will like them and if you know more apps like these ones, let us know.