As teachers, we faced challenges addressing student well-being and class dynamics effectively. Existing efforts often fell short, leaving problems unaddressed or worsening. We needed a tool to listen to all students, take early action, and make a genuine difference. By prioritising collective well-being and creating tools and structure to work with wellbeing we aim to break this circle.
WOOF is an innovative solution that prioritises student well-being by utilising regular digital check-ins, known as "WOOFs," where students anonymously share their mood and contributing factors. This data-driven approach forms the basis for meaningful class discussions, collaborative efforts to enhance well-being along with a data metric to ensure impact and positive development.
WOOF goes beyond data collection by providing tailored recommendations for activities and mini-courses based on the student inputs. Students actively contribute their thoughts and experiences, becoming active participants in developing strategies for positive change.
WOOF draws on theories of behavioural change, self-efficacy, self-determination theory with a high focus on student autonomy and agency.
Preliminary results show that 80% of classes experience better self-reported mood within one month of working with WOOF (based on a sample of 30 classes).
WOOF is developed for school children age 6-15.
Within the past 2 years we have developed our own (Software-as-a-Service) SaaS-platform, making it possible to go from a few handheld WOOF-classes to a fully scalable solution. Teachers from more than 670 schools in Denmark are already working with WOOF, impacting approximately 30,000 students in Denmark alone.
Recently we onboarded the first Norwegian schools.
As only one of three Danish startups in the Impact Startup Nordic program of 2022, we have a strong focus on documenting our impact, making it tangible for both users and stakeholders.
Looking ahead, the goal for the next 2-3 years is to expand WOOF's reach to the Nordic countries, encompassing more than 2.8 million school children, and from there on to Northern Europe, making WOOF accessible to even more students and teachers.
WOOF is currently launched in Norway and Denmark, where teachers can easily create a free user and start working with their classroom on www.wooftech.dk
If you are outside Denmark or Norway and interested in working with WOOF, please contact the WOOF team (firstname.lastname@example.org) . We are eager to set up partnerships that can work as an entryway into new contexts and greater impact potential.