Review by Amanda Finkelberg, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2012

BodiMojo

Somewhat stale teen health site boosted with quizzes and goal tracking

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Pros: The articles and quizzes can be a great way to bring up difficult or complex topics.

Cons: It's a little all over the place and doesn't seem to have a lot of users.

Bottom Line: This interactive site has no direct teaching elements, but it addresses enough teen health issues in enough ways to get students talking.

There's no teacher dashboard, but a Teacher Guide PDF written by the site's founder, Dr. Tara Cousineau, tries to suggest educational uses. Unfortunately, it's mostly an outline of the site's features, such as the ability to set and track goals, take quizzes, and read content. Another link suggests some classroom activities, such as having a healthy-eating "Veggie Taste Test" or using online calculators to determine the nutritional content of a favorite fast-food meal.

Teachers won't find any direct support for classroom use, but who knows? BodiMojo could be a great way to get kids talking and writing, and there's plenty of content, which could supplement health and life skills classes.

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BodiMojo, or "Bodies Motion Journey," is a health-awareness site for teens aged 13 to 18. Teens create a BodiMojo account or log in with Facebook. A personalized dashboard helps them set goals for nutrition, wellness, and activity. They can record their goals over time and set up custom messages to be automatically emailed or texted to themselves to help keep them on track. A Mood Cloud lets them "tag" their moods, which generates a personal, emotional taxonomy. Teens also can journal if they want, and can choose to keep a status private or post it publicly.

Separate pages compile information on topics like Drugs & Alcohol, Parents, and Sexual Health. Teens can read articles written by other teens in the Health Topics section, and the Quizzes section lets them test their knowledge about the same topics. Tools and Games has even more information, as well as some health-themed Flash games like "Tomato Bounce," wherein players bounce a tomato off a spatula in a kitchen.

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The extensive quiz section lets teens test their knowledge of different health issues such as drinking, nutrition, and stress. Some of the questions seem a little basic but may be helpful to younger teens. The quizzes aren't scored or recorded in any way, but at the end most offer a page explaining the answers.

One highlight is a girls-only space called My Confidential that lets girls make additional personal pages and discuss body issues in a private forum. They get a few girl-themed quizzes, too, such as a Body Check that asks questions like, "Have you ever stopped eating for a day or more to lose weight?" The quiz results provide some feedback, and if answers are problematic, girls will get a Red Flag alerting them that something may be up with their body image and behaviors.

The site has a good variety of content and features, but the design is overwhelming and not entirely intuitive. Also, is anybody using the site? The social-networking features seem a bit neglected, with few forum posts and member comments.

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Overall Rating
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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
3

Teens like self-related quizzes, and the articles have a casual tone and address relevant topics. The personalized goals page might be successful in a classroom environment with peer support. 

 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

Content could easily be spun into engaging lesson plans for life skills classes, supplementing health education with engaging online tools and games.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
2

Without an active user community to populate forums, site support is minimal. There's no help extension, but most of the features are straightforward and easy to use.

 


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Stephanie V. , Classroom teacher
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University Of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
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Bodimojo talks health to teens and tweens

<p>On the one hand I'm attracted to a site that provides health resources for teens and tweens.</p>
<p>On the other, as a tool I think it's limited pedagogically. I can't really see the use of it for issues beyond health. It needs to provide many more articles and more research to be truly valuable in terms of information.</p>
<p>Finally, athough I could tell they were trying not to, the site still seems to promote the myth that health isn't really a guys issue.</p>
<p>The "guys only" section seems limited, for example, and there were more photos of girls than of guys.</p>

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