LQ: 9.25


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.1

Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,


Diem is a journaling app that allows users to keep a digital log of the events of each day of the month for the current year and those past. The user clicks on the day for which they want to record an entry and enters their thoughts via tap typing or speech-to-text. Photos from your mobile device can also be uploaded to an entry. At the top of each entry, the user can also click on an emoji which corresponds to the way they are currently feeling. Emojis can also be added to the text within the journal entry. 

Diem also allows the user to track various points of interest in their entries, giving them “insights” into their overall journaling experience. For example, the app tracks the frequency of words and lets the user know how often they have been used in all of the journal entries combined. It also keeps track of the type of emojis used in all journal entries, giving the user an overall picture of the mood of their journal entries so far. 

The app also keeps track of the user’s writing streak and provides time-specific push notifications as a reminder to write for the day. Diem is a free to use app which is now available for iOS. 

Diem helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Journal writing is a great way to practice focusing skills. It requires the user to recall the events of the day and block out other distractions as they write them down. Because journal entries can vary in length, if someone is struggling with focus, starting with short entries and working up to longer ones is a good way to practice this skill. Diem also provides push notifications to the user, allowing them to know when to set aside a specific amount of time that is reserved just for journaling. 

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Journaling is also a great way to gain some insight into the way we feel and the actions we take. The insight trackers on the Diem app are a unique way to do this. Instead of going back and reading every entry they have recorded, the user can simply look at the emojis they registered to see entries for days where they were feeling happy, sad, blah, etc. They can also search for specific words. For example, if a student wanted to reflect on how they felt before a big science test, they could search for those entries by looking up keywords they know would have been in their journal. They can then quickly go through those entries to gain some insight rather than reading everything they previously wrote.

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