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Cultivating Kindness with Technology

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By: Tamara Letter, M.Ed.

As a technology integrator in a public school system, people are sometimes surprised to discover my joy in teaching lessons emphasizing kindness. After all, much of my job focuses on supporting students and teachers with their passions, not necessarily mine. However, when we can find ways to align our passion with our profession, we often discover our purpose in the process.

Four years ago, I brought my passion for kindness into the school building with a kindness blogging club, encouraging students to share their stories of kindness with the world. Since then, I’ve helped teachers implement year-long kindness initiatives in their classrooms, complete Kindness Passion Projects, and even celebrate kindness with Kindness Share Fair days.

If you are looking for ways to cultivate kindness with technology, here are five ways to get started today!

Be intentional. While we often use the phrase “random acts of kindness,” many acts of kindness are not random at all! How can we intentionally cultivating kindness with technology? Use it as a tool for implementation. Start your day with a quick email complimenting a coworker or friend. Guide students in creating kindness posters using Google Slides or Canva to display around the school. Use Skype, Google Hangouts, or live streaming on YouTube to reading kindness-themed books to other classrooms. Make a plan for kindness to promote positivity on a daily basis.

Share gratitude on a digital platform. “Who are you grateful for and why?” When I ask this question to students, I often receive a surface level display of thanks that quickly transforms into personal storytelling as students make connections from classmates’ experiences. Use Padlet, Flipgrid, or Seesaw to create shout-outs of thankfulness then share to social media to inspire the world. If you are a Twitter user, check out the hashtag #gratitudesnaps, created by Tara Martin and Tisha Richmond. It is sure to make you smile!

Capture kindness with photos. Did you know there is a World Kindness Day? On November 13, 2017, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/) launched their #CaptureKindness campaign, which included…

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