Teaching Social Justice Apps, Tools, and Resources That We Love
Are you looking for apps, tools, and resources that you can use to teach social justice? If so, we have you covered. Check out our list below. Let us know if there are any that we missed.
News-O-Matic School Edition– This tool helps students stay up to date on the latest news, events, and politics. Teachers can ask students to read and write reports on news articles, which are available for different reading levels; Spanish translations are included. The app also has a text-to-speech feature that reads the news aloud in an understandable voice.
BrainPOP– BrainPOP was founded in 1999 with the purpose of using animated, visually aesthetic media to foster student learning and aid teachers. The developer’s renowned educational materials include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP Español, BrainPOP ESL, and GameUp™. BrainPOPcan be used in many ways ranging from introducing concepts to demonstrating difficult problems.
Quandary– Welcome to the world of Planet Braxos, a science fiction, narrative-driven game for mobile devices. Users play as the captain of the new human settlement on planet Braxos, shaping the direction of modern civilization and developing ethical reasoning skills. This educational game involves many diverse characters with differing perspectives designed to make the game challenging and enlightening. Users learn to solve conflicts by exploring different facts, options, and opinions as a means of solving the colony’s problems. Quantary is designed for kids age 8 to 16 years old; however, it is a game that can be played by anyone.
Ponder– Using Ponder, teachers, and students can combine online written content into their classrooms by tagging news, ideas, information, and opinions that relate to class lessons. The tag shows the article’s relation to the class as well as the student’s reaction to the material. Ponder also collects data on students’ reading habits. Teachers can use the aggregate of class feeds (things students have tagged) and the wealth of data collected by Ponder to better understand, support, and test their students.
Freerice– Freerice was developed to give everyone access to free education and to help put an end to world hunger by donating free rice to hungry people. Freerice is a nonprofit website developed and supported by the UN World Food Program (WFP); it donates ten grains of rice through the WFP for every correct answer you provide.