Have you ever had peanut butter and mayonnaise? Sounds gross right? Peanut butter and banana, yes. Peanut butter and jelly: Absolutely. Peanut butter and Nutella: bring it on. When my husband and I were newly married, his preference was peanut butter and mayonnaise. As a kid, his mom packed his lunch with it every day (back when we didn’t know better about peanut allergies). As unlikely a pairing as it sounds, it’s actually quite delicious.

Similarly, when we think about Social Emotional Learning, we often think of in person ways to support our students. Technology and social media seem to make for an unlikely pairing. After all, technology and social media are blamed for student’s lack of well-being. But if there is one thing that a global pandemic has taught us, is that technology permeates so much of our lives and classrooms and that indeed there are many ways that technology can be used to not just address the social emotional learning needs of our students, but to help our kids thrive.

In this session, I will use CASEL’s framework of social emotional learning  (from CASEL.org) and provide templates, strategies, and ideas for how you can use every day tech tools for each competency.

Check out this article I co-wrote with Mandy Froehlich, author of Reignite the Flames, for Buncee on the topic as a preview. 

Hope to see you there!

Join Jennifer at her session “Technology & Social Emotional Learning: Like Peanut Butter & Mayonnaise” on March 24th @ 3pm. Register for Virtual Spring CUE today at cue.org/spring!

Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian,  and a former Literacy Consultant. Jennifer holds a Masters in Education and Digital Technologies from Ontario Tech University with a specialization in social media, digital citizenship and education. She is a Google Certified teacher and Innovator, an Ontario Google Educator group leader, an executive member of the International Society Technology and Education (ISTE) Librarian PLN, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and the co-founder of the Global Education Student Chat. She is the 2020 recipient for the ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Award.  Jennifer is also the author of the book Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership,  and co-author of the children’s book,  Aubrey Bright in Stories that Connect Us, a story about the inter-generational power of technology to connect us. Raising Digital Leaders, a parent companion to Social LEADia will be published in early 2021.  Jennifer is an international keynote speaker who is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.