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Updated by logan-gardner on Apr 12, 2019
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Classroom Resource Collection

This is a list of resources that can be used in making your classroom more diversified. This list will help engage your students when learning the differences about others, how to work with peers, and even fun ways to do so!

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EpicWin

EpicWin

EpicWin is an app that can be downloaded on almost any Apple/ Android electronic device. The app is used as a means of helping a person stay on track with things they have to get done. This app allows you to insert what you need to get done, with a certain amount of prize-points, and strict due dates. Along with the game is a type of story mode in which you are able to level up and watch your character grow each day as you stay on top of your "to do list.!" This can help your students in the classroom because it can remind them outside of school, what they are supposed to get done that way they are ready for your class tomorrow. The game portion of the app gives students a fun incentive to make sure they are staying on top of their game. Even if students are new into your classroom, the game is simple to use as you can give instructions and send home for their parents to help them with. This should also help unite your classroom as they will all have a common goal shared from the game!

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RescueTime

RescueTime

Outside of the classroom, every student spends their time doing different types of activities whether they are involved with sports, hanging out with friends, or being a bookworm...everyone is at risk of loosing track of time. With RescueTime, iOS and Android users have the ability to download the app for free and use it whenever and wherever they need too. It is used for time management skills in which can benefit every student in the classroom. This app allows for you to set up time limits for different activities and remind you what you should be doing at certain set times. Many children get caught up in social media or other activities and forget they have studying or homework, and this app will help set the student up for success when it comes to a balanced life outside of the classroom!

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Todo Math

Todo Math

Todo Math is a free app found on many platforms that is aimed for early-elementary aged students. The app can be used for a diverse population of students because it allows the student to learn and practice on their own, outside of the classroom. This in which can lead to feeling more positive once they come back into the classroom. This app offers not only an English version, but 7 other foreign languages. Therefore, the tool may be very helpful to students who do not know English as well, as this will allow them to practice using their own language! The app allows for a variety of fun and interactive ways of learning and practicing new skills.

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Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo is a language-learning application that comes in a free version, or a version that costs more to remove ads, and offer more portions to use and interact with. This application allows students to work and improve on using a certain language all while having fun! Included in this app is a range of 23 languages to be chosen on! This can be used in the classroom on computers since students will sign up with their own account, or it can be used at home. Duolingo helps your diverse population of students because it can help ELL to learn and critique their English skills, or it can help disabled students work on their English skills as well.

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Toca Life: School

Toca Life: School

Toca Life: School is a game that can be used across many different platforms. Toca is a game that allows you to have your own classroom, run the classroom, and interact in many different ways. Although this app costs $4, it could be a gaming options for your students that allows for them to learn the different types of classmates they can see around school. This app shows a variety of characters from different races, classes, and disabilities which is an amazing experience for all students to learn about. There are different things to explore within the game, hidden treasures offered to find, and the ability to record your games.

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One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids- Friends Around the World comes in a free version, or an extensive version for $10 found on iOS and Android electronics. This app is a wonderful tool when it comes to teaching your students about the different kinds of kids that are found all around the world. It can show your students the similarities an differences that occur with them and students all around the world. One Globe Kids uses an interactive way to see and learn about other kids, with the ability to hear them tell their stories, follow along with captions, also watch videos and see their pictures.

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Be Confident in Who You Are

Be Confident in Who You Are

Be Confident in Who You Are, is a graphic novel app that allows your reader to become more comfortable and confident with themselves no matter how different they may feel inside the classroom. Although this app costs about $2, it comes with quizzes at the end of each chapter which can be screenshotted and emailed to the educator as a participation grade that way you know your students are making use of the lesson. This can help your classroom because your students will come from different places with a variety of differences, and they all need to feel comfortable in order to be open to learning in your classroom. This tool allows you to help them in a subtle manner! Students need to feel confident in themselves or they may turn to self harm, or in worse case- suicide. This can ease them into a more confident mindset!

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Kids Planet Discovery!

Kids Planet Discovery!

Kids Planet Discovery is an app that can be used in 8 different languages, and comes free on most platforms. This app will teach your students more about places found all around the world including ideas like music, food, and culture. Planet Discovery allows your students to continue exploring these real-world features in order to become more diversely aware of others around them. Within this app the students are able to play matching games, dress up games, and interact with different tools. According to Apple's description, there are 100 games and 80 videos, catered to those ages 4 and older. There are also no ads when the student are using the app!

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PennState Extension

PennState Extension is an online website that educators can use to reference games and activities that can be used within the classroom to teach students a more diverse mindset. These activities are inclusive for all students in the classroom, and make them work together and learn more about one another. Activities like this make sure all students are welcomed and instill confidence to continue coming to class. This website is free to search, although the materials that are used in the games you will have to plan on getting beforehand. I found this to be a great resources when breaking the ice with my students.

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Hey Teach!

Hey Teach! is another website that caters towards teachers and different activities that include your diverse group of students. The website is free to use and gives ideas like saying hello to your students in different languages every month, so they learn that skill as well! There are more activities to be found within this website like food and art activities! This relates to students because if one child feels excluded, the may not want to come back to school or try to learn along with their peers, therefor you use these activities to be inclusive of everyone.

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Print Resource: Book

Print Resource: Book

My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back
Women often find that the biggest obstacle to being all they were created to be is themselves. Though they long to succeed, they can't silence the voice inside whispering, "Just who do you think you are?" Through stories of modern and biblical women, My Own Worst Enemy explores both the calling of women to shine and the complex dynamic of self-sabotage that often keeps them from daring to obey. Janet Davis shows women how to break the cycle of shame and self-doubt to achieve their full potential.
This can be used in your classroom as a resource because when children begin going through natural changes, it may become hard for them to accept these changes (especially girls). This can help with them feeling more confident in their own skin and keeping themselves happy.

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2nd Print Resource: Book

2nd Print Resource: Book

Hey, Kiddo!
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that.
This book helps students combat anxiety and depression, especially most of the time these problems stem from something going on at home. This may help your students gain confidence and realize that everything is going to be okay.

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Multimedia Source

[HD] Pixar - For The Birds | Original Movie from Pixar

This short film can be shown in a classroom as a source of teaching a lesson on bullying. Within the film, the group of little birds mock the big bird and don't want to be near them. This film can show your students that although bullying doesn't only hurt the victim, it can also end up hurting the bully as well.

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Parent ToolKit

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/
This website is a resource for parents with children who are in school. The source has an abundance of useful articles and tips to help with a variety of things for their kids. From academics, social and emotional, health and wellness, financial literacy, to college and careers. This website can follow your student from early childhood education up until they are in college and allow for you to become closer with your child knowing you have a positive place to look into.