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 a strong social element to classes. The product enables collaboration and peer learning.

Age groups 
High School
Tertiary Education
Desktop Windows
Desktop Mac
Mobile Android
Mobile iOS
Offline play 
Internet required
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

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.

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

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

Soft skills learning goals

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

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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