Common Sense Review
Updated October 2016

Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence

Well-designed tool encourages kids to reflect on and manage emotions
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • The tutorial provides an overview and offers insights on how to use the app.
  • Kids explore a grid of emotions to describe their current mood.
  • In 150 characters or less, kids describe the situation that led to that mood.
  • After reporting a mood, kids can choose to finish there or see or create strategies to help shift their mood.
  • Explore past moods through the big-picture view and detailed reports.
Pros
Elegant emotion grid and reports reveal surprisingly deep insights.
Cons
Built-in inspirational images and text are limited, so users should create their own.
Bottom Line
Appealing, thought-provoking tool builds emotional intelligence.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Researcher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

This isn't exactly a "fun" app, but the simple interface provides a highly customizable, visually appealing user experience.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Users must constantly reflect and self-assess, making this a helpful tool for emotional development.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The intro tutorial clearly demonstrates how to use the app. Though the app is simple to use, it could include more help in deciphering the nuances among the different emotion words.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Help students compose a list of quotes and strategies to customize the app. Encourage kids to set reminders to track their moods regularly for a day, a week, or a month, and then examine the results. Have students discuss how often they have certain feelings and what sorts of situations provoke different moods.

There is no capability to create multiple user accounts, so kids will need to have their own devices to track their emotions. Or, teachers could use the app as a general classroom mood meter to gauge how the class is feeling at certain points of the day.

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What's It Like?

In this app for analyzing, tracking, and monitoring mood, users plot their moods on a color-coded chart filled with words describing feelings. After browsing the plot and selecting a mood, users describe, in 150 characters, what caused that mood. Next, they choose Stay Here, which records the feedback and ends the exercise, or Shift Here to browse strategies that might help shift their mood. Strategies include images, quotes, coping strategies, and a list of the user's past descriptions linked to positive moods.

In Mood Meter, students can add images, strategies, and quotes to each section. Each mood is recorded in the Reports section, which offers a pie-chart breakdown of the user's moods. Kids can adjust the chart for a particular date range, browse individual entries, email their pie charts and "reasons why" list, and set reminders to send push notifications reminding them to pause and record a mood. They can also share their mood information through Facebook or Twitter.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Mood Meter offers a visually appealing, engaging tool for tracking emotions. Exploring the grid of words is surprisingly fun as dots expand and contract with a tap. The grid's visual metaphor alone is instructive; even if users don't spend much time with the app's reports, they're likely to gain insight from the spectrum of words and how they relate to one another. It might be nice if the app included definitions of the emotion words to help users determine if that's the right description for their mood.

The Reports section is similarly clever. Sorting responses by date and color gives a nuanced look at the user's emotions under different conditions and over time. It's helpful that users can easily add their own entries, making this a great fit for those tracking their moods in a classroom or therapeutic setting. With guidance from a professional, these sections could be filled with high-quality, highly personalized coping strategies as well as comforting words and images.

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