I’ll post a more detailed round up of BETT 2017 later on, but most of the fun I had was investigating the BETT Futures zone as well as the STEAM area. I was really looking for some of the more unusual stands and resources out there. One stand that stood out was the Mind Moose stand.
Mind Moose is a fun, digital platform that teaches children how to keep their minds healthy. The importance of mental health and well-being in children is being increasingly recognised. However, while schools teach children how to keep their bodies healthy, they don’t always show them how they can look after their minds, so that’s where the Mind Moose site comes in.
Children are able to go on a journey of discovery with Mind Moose and his friends as they learn how to look after their minds, keep their brains healthy, deal with emotions, develop resilience and flourish. The fun, interactive animations and activities are underpinned by psychology theory.
With Mind Moose, children learn to understand their own strengths and how they can use them to lead a happy, fulfilling life. They can begin to understand how their brain works and what they can do to make it work most effectively. The site also helps them to manage modern childhood worries, including friendship and relationship issues as well as to develop and maintain healthy self-esteem and body image.
Conversations between peers and supportive adults are encouraged by the inclusion of collaborative ‘moose missions’ for children to complete. Children earn badges and gain certificates along the way and parents are teachers are provided with their own moose manual which includes background explanation and suggestions for further exploration.
Mind Moose is the brainchild of Zoë Ross. A former Computing and Business teacher, Zoë taught in both primary and secondary schools as a Head of Computing and Head of Year before becoming an educational technology and computing consultant and teacher trainer. Having completed an MSc in Psychology in 2016, Zoë founded Mind Moose with the goal of teaching 1 million children around the world more about their brains and the simple ways in which we can all keep our minds healthy.
It’s a great idea for a site and I’m happy to promote it here. Hopefully you’ll find it can benefit many of the children you teach!
You can take a look at Mind Moose here : www.mindmoose.co.uk