App review by Ericka D, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2019
YouHue
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YouHue

Basic mood journal can help kids build self-awareness

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Pros: Emoji faces help track emotions in an efficient and easy way.

Cons: There could be more trends shown in the data to build students' understanding.

Bottom Line: Simple tool for a quick, daily check-in on students' emotions.

YouHue helps students quickly journal about and reflect on their emotions. It's intended to be used as a daily check-in, so teachers may wish to use this as part of their morning meeting routine or restorative practices. Teachers can also use YouHue as a way to triage and determine when they wish to meet with students individually or in small groups. Consider using the responses from students to build small groups based on similar emotions or topics. Teachers could group the class responses into graphs and charts and incorporate the moods into a math discussion with pie charts and qualitative descriptors.

YouHue could also be used as a way to enter into a mindful or calming practice, such as checking in after recess before engaging in another focusing activity. Specialists such as art teachers, physical education teachers, music teachers, speech-language pathologists, or occupational therapists may wish to use the app as a check-in at the beginning of their sessions. Counselors, social workers, or school psychologists may also find YouHue beneficial for students to use at the beginning of individual or group sessions.

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YouHue is a classroom app that tracks moods to assist students in their own social and emotional learning (SEL). It's designed to help students better identify, manage, and communicate their feelings. Students begin by choosing one of nine emotion emojis ranging from happy to confused. Students are guided to process their thoughts more deeply by describing why they're feeling their current emotion. Once students log their responses, they can send their input to either the whole class or just their teacher. Educators can then use the teacher dashboard to view individual student responses or the responses of the class as a whole -- and quickly see patterns week by week. Students can also learn more about themselves by analyzing their daily logs; the more they log, the more apparent the patterns become (as their emotions are logged by color).

YouHue is intended to help guide kids through emotion identification and pattern recognition. By charting daily emotions, students can process thoughts and feelings and build emotional resilience. What's great about the app is that it also asks students to process the event of what's triggering their emotions. By asking students to write a description beneath their chosen emoji, students are able to communicate as much or as little information with their teacher as they wish. Combined with the extended learning activities for both educators and students, YouHue does a decent job of helping students identify their feelings and where they're coming from.

However, while YouHue states that it gives teachers deeper insight to better support their students, the information the app provides is a bit lacking. Sometimes less is more, but in this case, more information might be helpful for teachers as they get to know their students. It would be nice if the app offered activities or suggestions for students when certain emotions are identified (e.g., anxiousness). Additionally, while teachers are able to see all of the student logs, it might be helpful to have the option for students to see other (anonymous) student responses to encourage empathic connection with those who are experiencing similar emotions or life events. 

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

The nine colorful emojis will draw students in as they identify emotions and describe their feelings. The repetitive nature of the app will also help build a comfortable routine.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

While emotion identification and cause are essential learning components of the app, there could be more interaction and responsiveness when certain emotions are identified. 

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

While there are extended learning activities provided via email, there's little in terms of accessibility for students requiring certain accommodations (e.g., audio, text to speech).


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