Thanks is a revolutionary new reward system, for use in schools, based on the idea of giving gratitude. By allowing everyone in the school to access Thanks, it allows those who normally would go under the radar to be rewarded for their actions. Giving students the power to thank the teachers who teach well, allowing them to thank each other for helping out, allowing Teachers to thank each other, and letting teachers thank students then reward those who help everyone the most. It also offers schools a wide variety of in-depth internal statistics on its usage and allows different groups (classes, form groups, students in special circumstances etc.) to be compared. This can help a school to decide where the focus needs to be directed so as to help those who seem to be struggling. For example, Thanks asks every user how they are feeling upon login in order to track the school’s daily happiness.
As students ourselves (being 17 when we started production), we realised there was an issue in the way rewards were given in schools. We found that due to rewards being chosen on a system hidden from pupils (Such as within the register) there was a feeling of disconnect between actions and rewards. We wanted to change that. By making Thanks accessible by everyone and making gratitude the principle measure of who should be rewarded, we hoped to include students and teachers. Hopefully leading to a bigger sense of community within the school.
While Thanks is currently being tested within a school environment, it is not yet accessible by everyone. We hope to launch Thanks fully before the next academic year and we are registering interest for any school that feels they want to make use of it.
Google's Material Design was a massive influence on our design for Thanks and we'd like to follow in the footsteps of companies such as Discord who interact heavily with their customers to help better their product.
By developing Thanks, we hope to change the way that schools handle rewards. By giving students the ability to take part in the process, we want them to be more engaged and take a more active role in school life.