The Coronavirus crisis has led organizations in every sector to adapt overnight to a challenging reality, which requires remote work and zero-time preparation.
Although the education world has been successfully implementing various tools for e-learning, many teachers lack sufficient tools and training to lead meaningful communication with their students and provide them with the emotional and educational support they need
1 - Educators lack technological tools and training 2 - Communication is shifting from interpersonal to mediated online 3- Students at different technological literacy levels
The idea for developing MojiBoard came up during interviews we conducted with Israeli educators. They all shared a concern regarding their ability to engage with their students meaningfully and to bridge the physical distances with their students.
Teachers are looking for a digital alternative for the traditional "Mood Board" that they regularly use in their classrooms. It became clear that there is a genuine need for a technological solution that will allow them to do so
What it does
MojiBoard is an interactive web-based mood-board that helps educators to connect with their students from a distance. While Zoom and other online platforms focus on e-learning, MojiBoard addresses the emotional and social aspects of education. MojiBoard is a useful tool for educators to discuss, monitor and analyze their students' feelings
How I built it
On the teachers' page *Teachers can update students at any given moment by adding their names and photos into the platform *Automatically a unique URL is assigned to each student and is sent via SMS to each student *Teachers see their students' chosen mood filters in real-time *Teachers can reset the polling page to allow for a re-vote
On the students' page *Each student uses a unique URL that eliminates the need to identify for the system *Mood filters are places at the bottom of the page *Students see their classmates' chosen mood filters in real-time *The polling page resets once a day and allows for repeated voting
On the Teachers' analytics page *Teachers can segment date ranges and see students' mood filters per the entire classroom and individually per each and every student *Teachers receive an alert if a student systematically updates a negative mood *Teachers can share analytics with school guides and mental health figures
What I learned
*16% of the population in Europe consists of children ages 0-14 *In Europe alone there are more than 100,000 monthly Google Searches for the keywords "Educational Feelings Board" *According to our research, there us no online solution for this need
Solution's impact to the crisis
In a time of social distancing MojiBoard brings students and educators together, and bridges the physical and geographical gaps
Students *MojiBoard enables students to interactively engage with their peers *MojiBoard updates in real-time, *MojiBoard brings students together and alleviate sense of loneliness
Educators *MojiBoard allows educators a fun and simple tool to engage with students *MojiBoard provides real-time insight into the students' attitude *MojiBoard's analytics allows online monitoring per students or per classroom *MojiBoard raises flags of chronicle unhappiness and can indicates of early stages of depression in real-time
Project's value after the crisis
MojiBoard is a great educational tool, not only in times of social distancing and Isolation.
In our vision we various populations using the platform as a way to gather emotional data and use it as a prediction of mental illnesses, depression etc. The tool is idle for populations that lack verbal skills - such as children, Special-Ed students, and elderly people, and we see it as an innovative instrument that allows speaking without words.
What's next for MojiBoard
On order to scale, the following steps are needed: PoC - real-time testing of the platform with various educators Language - translating the interface to as many languages as possible Scale - reaching out to as many educators as possible Moving offline - our solution should help educators and advisors in the classrooms, to better track and analyze students' feelings and alert for potential incidents of depression on time Integration - the platform could be useful to tier 2 educational teams such as school counselors, guidance counselors, psychologists etc. Collaborations - the platform should strive to form collaborations with welfare and child services, to identify early stages of depression in real-time and offer a solution.