The apps use the social emotional health practices developed by Momentous Institute, which serves Dallas students from age three to 5th grade. The institute has impacted more than 100,000 students through their novel approaches to education, which promote academic excellence and social competence. The apps are free and available for download on iOS devices, and Samsung Tab 4s and Note 8s (though we would assume other Android tablets will work just as well):
- Settle Your Glitter guides students through a deep breathing exercise that allows them to regain control of their emotions and shift their focus back to learning. (download: iOS / Android)
- Breathing Bubbles helps students reflect on their good feelings and release their worries in an effort to improve their mood and emotional well-being. (download: iOS / Android)
- Pass the Drop helps a classroom or group of students focus their attention on the work at hand with the goal of reducing distractions. (download: iOS / Android)
Research shows that social emotional health is an indicator of how well children succeed in school and life. Students with a mobile device can now use the apps to help regulate their emotions and focus on tasks at hand-whether they are at school, at home or somewhere in between.
“The ability to self-regulate, calm down and focus precedes the ability to engage in academics and build healthy relationships,” said Michelle Kinder, executive director, Momentous Institute. “We hope these apps will be a resource for kids and adults across the country, to help them succeed in school and in life. My daughter does Breathing Bubbles every night now.”
AT&T’s work with Momentous is part of the company’s signature education initiative, AT&T Aspire, through which the company has committed to investing $350 million in education.