Momentous Institute Apps
In collaboration with the Momentous Institute, and an app developer, the AT&T Foundry team in Plano, Texas, created Social Emotional Learning apps for students in grades Pre-K to 5. Social Emotional heath is more predictive of strong long-term outcomes than academics.
Momentous Institute – a model, laboratory school located in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas – has developed innovative teaching approaches to help children and their families achieve social emotional health so they can reach their full potential. The school has been working with AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative, on a variety of initiatives and requested help in translating their social emotional tools and methods into digital experiences. This would include ways for teachers to track the progress of their students in areas such as concentration and self-regulation. AT&T’s Momentous technology platform helps the students learn to identify their emotions, and provides methods to reduce anxiety and stress. Teachers can track usage trends and how the app experiences impact a student’s mood.
We created three proof-of-concept apps for tablets that kids can use to self-regulate: 1) Settle Your Glitter, 2) Breathing Bubbles and 3) Pass the Drop. Settle Your Glitter is an exercise that helps students regain control of their emotions when the most primitive part of the brain, the amygdala, has taken over. Breathing Bubbles is an app that lets students integrate their good feelings, and “send away” their worries. Pass the Drop is an app that harnesses classroom concentration and strengthens a student’s ability to work in a group.