Engage with the module


“Emotions drive attention and learning. How we feel influences our ability to learn...”   

-Marc Brackett, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

This module is organized into eight units. The first two units explain how to engage with the module and set a context for the importance of developing social and emotional learning (SEL) as part of learning experiences. The remaining six units each feature a Microsoft tool and provide opportunities to explore how that tool is used in both face-to-face and remote learning to support SEL.

Each unit is divided into four parts:

  • An overview of the topic or tool
  • SEL and the class
  • Exploration ideas
  • An opportunity to reflect

This unit introduces social and emotional learning competencies and their importance in both teaching and learning. It also gives practical ways that Microsoft tools such as Minecraft and Flipgrid support and enhance SEL during both remote and in-person learning. Microsoft partnered with McKinsey & Company’s Education practice to release a research study, The class of 2030 and life-ready learning, which found that the learners of the future need SEL skills to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.

Options for engagement

This module offers multiple ways to engage and learn.


This approach offers a way to take the module at any pace. Document learning by using the questions at the end of each section to reflect.

With a team, PLC, or CoP

For a communal experience, complete this unit with a team, such as a professional learning community (PLC) or a community of practice (CoP), either face-to-face or virtually connected. 

If engaged in the module with a team, set norms for communicating both synchronously (during group meetings) and asynchronously (outside of group meetings). Agree upon communication and meeting tools that each team member is able to access and navigate. Use the reflection questions at the end of each unit to engage in discussion together.

Document learning

While working through the unit, use this graphic organizer to capture your learning. Note important ideas from each unit, ways to implement these ideas in the classroom or during remote learning, and resources to come back to.

Screenshot of graphic organizer that is linked above.