GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing the struggles and lack of engagement between students and educators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, technology and training company Become Unmistakable has built the Student uMap™. Specifically designed for educators and students, the software helps students connect to each other and their teachers in the new “COVID classroom.” It allows students to safely share their enthusiasm and concerns while providing a platform for their teachers to track social and emotional health through the pandemic and beyond.
“When learning in a virtual or socially-distanced classroom, human connection becomes diluted,” said Danielle Bouwhuis, uMap™ manager and former 7th grade science teacher. “And although students can learn mathematics and language arts through online games or video conferencing, they are deprived of personal interactions with teachers and peers that help form healthy, long-lasting habits and behaviors.”
When developing the Student uMap™, Become Unmistakable interviewed clients and educators from a variety of grade levels and school districts to identify the most common thoughts and concerns on teaching during the pandemic.
“Between video calls, fewer prep hours and a new block schedule, it has become way more difficult to get to know my 120 students,” said Janneke Cole, 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher at Jenison Public Schools. “After the first month, I usually have developed a pretty good rapport with most of them. But this year, it’s been a challenge just to learn everyone’s names.”
Reporting features identify kids who may be struggling and privately collects information about personal worries; helping teachers connect emotionally with their students from a distance.
The goal of the Student uMap™ is to ease these common pains and frustrations of COVID in the classroom.
“We’ve seen that technology like Zoom or Microsoft Teams are great tools for making connection possible, yet not necessarily meaningful,” Bouwhuis said. “But to succeed, schools need to make sure they are utilizing technology that focuses on the relational/humanistic approach to learning, versus just the transactional. And that’s exactly why we developed this software — to establish meaningful connections and make sure students and teachers feel engaged and heard.”
For more information on the Student uMap™, visit Become Unmistakable’s information page.
About Become Unmistakable and uMap™
Become Unmistakable is an independent talent engagement partner based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving a variety of businesses and nonprofit enterprises around the world. Become Unmistakable connects people to their purpose and their team — attracting talent, reversing churn and inspiring new performance.
Become Unmistakable’s software — uMap™ — is a professional development and performance management tool. Using a right-brain approach, uMap™ connects managers and their teams to reduce turnover, develop talent, engage with their teams and maximize the employee experience. For more information, visit myumap.com.
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