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Differ

Differ

EdTech Foundry
Social skills
Differ is a messaging app made for class communication.

Differ is a messaging app with chatbot teaching assistants and it brings strong social element to classes. The product enables collaboration and peer learning.

Age groups 
High School
Tertiary Education
Price 
Free
Languages 
English
Platform 
Browser-based
Desktop Windows
Desktop Mac
Mobile Android
Mobile iOS
Registration 
Required
Offline play 
Internet required
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Educational Quality
Learning Goals
Pedagogy

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

Differ is easy to use tool for class communications. It provides both group conversations and one to one communication possibilities.
With Differ it is simple to create learning communities where students can collaborate and help each other.
Differ uses chatbot teaching assistants to follow up students automatically making sure that students are not left behind.
The product can be used for increasing student engagement as it is an easy way for students to answer questions and tell about their thoughts.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Practicing to work as a part of a group
Learning constructive interaction in learning
Encouraging to build a positive atmosphere in own group
Practicing versatile ways of working

Soft skills learning goals

Learning to listen other people’s opinions
Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
Using technology for interaction and collaboration
Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Practicing to take responsibility of one's own learning
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Practicing communication through different channels
Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Passive
Active
Users are active participants in discussions with Differ. Chatbots encourage users to work actively.
Rehearse
Construct
Chatbots help students to collaborate constructively. As Differ can be used for any kind of learning assignments it is up to teacher and students to decide how they want to use the product.
Linear
Non-Linear
Differ's chatbots supports students and makes sure that not one is left behind.
Individual
Collaborative
Learning communities help students to collaborate on schools tasks. It encourages peer to peer learning.

User reviews for Differ

5

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Pål Nygaard's picture
Pål Nygaard 02/01/2018