The interactive platform moozoom from Quebec will teach young Americans to better understand and control their emotions.
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Jean-Philippe Turgeon himself has put into practice the skills his social-emotional learning platform imparts to primary school students: it took him eight months of patient negotiation to reach an agreement with the interactive whiteboard manufacturer SMART at the end of June so that its immersive application, which brings (very) young actors to the screen is directly accessible on their paintings.
In July, a second coup, he signed an agreement with an Ohio school service center that allows all schools in the state to subscribe to moozoom within a centralized procurement group. He also wants to repeat that breakthrough elsewhere in the United States.
The offensive will be facilitated by Jean-Philippe Turgeon’s partnership in early August with SRI International, the former Stanford Research Institute.
The organization has developed a tool to measure the impact of moozoom on students, which will be online at the end of September and report at the end of the school year.
“It’s important! We count on that a lot,” says Jean-Philippe Turgeon.
Schools, especially in the United States, want to demonstrate with supporting evidence that their students are making progress in their learning, including socio-emotional skills, which is not conducive to measurement.
A table of the problem
Jean-Philippe Turgeon, a lawyer by profession, had been working at a reputable firm for nearly 20 years when, in 2018, he heard “a call to do something bigger”. A call for entrepreneurship, he says, at the same time as that of his daughter. She struggled with a mental health problem that had led her to the door of suicide, not crossed.
Why don’t we learn basic social-emotional skills in school? wondered the lawyer, who herself had been diagnosed with ADHD.
A little research in the school environment gave him the answer: lack of time and suitable material for teachers.
He decided to give it to them.
The solution was to deploy a platform where all educational tools and materials would be provided, without the need for training.
We asked ourselves: how do we involve students in this, so that they enjoy learning social-emotional skills? We said to ourselves: we have to recreate these scenarios with the cinema.
Depicting a real-life situation with young flesh-and-blood actors has much more impact than a cartoon or animation like its American competitors do, he says.
In 2019, he made a demonstration video with an external team, which he presented in schools. The moozoom platform was launched in May 2020. It now offers six interactive theme series, each with four to six scenarios, in which the student-participant is asked: how would he react in such a situation?
“We didn’t invent the four-hole knot,” he admits. “Socio-emotional learning has been around for 30 years. What we’ve figured out is how to use it effectively. »
Manage your emotions
1er In September, Jean-Philippe Turgeon will put the newly revamped moozoom platform, a new thematic series and his first preschool content online.
More than 1,000 schools have subscribed to date, representing 135,000 users in Canada and the United States.
The offensive in the US market required the filming of new videos in English. The next step will be to dub the videos in Spanish “because the US market asks us to”.
He also allowed the Boston interview, where he would meet a new American employee who would join the five others already in his employ. It has hired 30 people in the past year, bringing the workforce to 34 employees.
The company’s mission statement has enabled it to attract ‘the best employees in the world’, he says with conviction. “We’ve hired people who are committed,” he adds in a false platitude.
It recently closed a $5 million funding round. And that’s just the beginning. “We would like to raise between 10 and 15 million in our Series A. Maybe do a series B of 50 or 60 million. In our plan, we plan to raise 250 million in three years. »
An ambitious programme.
He confesses: “Sometimes I’m not proud of myself. Because the reason I did moozoom is to get more in touch with my emotions. That is the challenge: I am an entrepreneur in a fast-growing company. You have to put in the effort, but I’m learning cute! I’ve been tested to control my emotions, I can tell you. »
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