Orah vs Komodo

Komodo has built a great wellbeing tool for schools that want to check in on their students. Just like Orah's own Mood Checks tool, Komodo boasts a number of well-respected schools as its customers. In this article, we are going to compare the pros and cons of both Orah and Komodo when you are comparing wellbeing tools. The aim is that you would walk away with a better understanding of what both Orah and Komodo offer so you can make the best decision for your school.

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A School's Hierarchy of Needs - Orah

The Orah Student Life platform helps schools to deliver a high-standard of care. We believe, like many others do, that the health, well-being & safety of a student must be addressed first in order to enable a student to reach their fullest potential at school.

What's the biggest difference between Orah and Komodo?

Improve student life, not just wellbeing

Orah & Komodo both provide tools to survey and check-in with students. Beyond this, Orah also offers a host of tools for schools to manage behaviour (Free tool), write school reports (Free tool), manage attendance, communications & more - effectively tying the wellbeing team's hard work to help their students with upticks in attendance, mood, behavior, academic progress and more.

Although surveys and check-ins alone can provide hugely valuable insights, schools recognise that to truly measure and improve and student's wellbeing at school, they must also address attendance, extracurricular involvement, communication with families, behaviour and more.

Orah provides the tools and/or integrations to centralise all of that information and compare data across many facets of a Student's Life.

Better Security (ISO Certified)
One Place to Manage Student Life
History Reports
Evidence-Based Approach to Wellbeing
In-House Psychologist
Upload Your Own Wellbeing Resources
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3 Reasons to Choose Orah over Komodo

Customisable surveys and experiences

Every school is different - Orah allows schools to tailor the software user experience for your students so you can be sure to get the right information at the right time in a relevant way.


Customisable frequency and reminder rules

Create custom messages to prompt students to check in during preferred times and ensure they're followed up to get information in.


One place to manage student life

Orah provides far more than simple surveys and check-ins with students. Although it provides hugely valuable insight, schools recognise that Wellbeing is analysed through a number of datapoints outside of these channels, such as attendance, extracurricular involvement, behavioural data and more. Orah provides the tools and/or integrations to centralise all of that information and compare data across many facets of a Student's Life.

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About Orah

Orah is a cloud-based student life platform that provides schools with the tools to improve student wellbeing, behaviour, attendance and communications. Orah was founded in NZ back in 2014, initially focused on improving student life at boarding schools. Schools understand that well-being isn't reflected by a single student check in, instead there are multiple data points which provide that clarity. The Orah platform allows schools to collect and combine disparate student life information to paint the full picture for a student's progress.

Orah's easy-to-adopt and customisable suite of tools connect with your existing technology, so you aren't limited by your technology as your student life & well-being programs continue to grow. Get started with Orah's free Student Life tools.

About Komodo

Komodo is a straightforward wellbeing platform that helps schools collect and act on wellbeing data. Komodo was founded in 2015, initially aimed at athletes who they wanted to help to understand their mental state. They have since partnered with experts to provide support and guidance to organisations needing help in the area of mental health and wellbeing.

What makes Komodo different?

✅ Dedicated psychologist

Komodo allows schools to connect with an external, trained psychologist to provide advice to the school's team.

✅ Practicing gratitude

Komodo provides great tools for students to practice gratitude on a frequent basis, in a structured way.

What makes Orah different?

✅ Customisable experience for different student segments

Wellbeing frameworks often need to change to accommodate different segments of students in a school. Orah gives you the option to change the wording & interface to suit different segments of students within your school, this allows to easily provide a tailored experience for all the different ages and stages of student's at your school.

✅ Custom surveys - multiple ways to collect data

Sometimes schools want a more in-depth understanding of student wellbeing which can't be thoroughly understood from a 30 second Mood-Check.Therefore you can build custom surveys that are as long or as short as you'd like inside Orah and even measure them against your own wellbeing framework.

✅ Orah meets schools where they are

Oftentimes, schools do not have the capacity to take on much more than the workload that they have on at the moment. Sometimes to the detriment of less visible issues like student mental health. Orah is designed to be used in modules, allowing schools to address areas they feel equipped to handle right now.

✅ Ability to upload your own wellbeing resources

Orah allows you to upload your own wellbeing resources and customise well-known resources to suit your particular school. You'll be able to leverage external partners like School.TV and pair the content with information relative to your school's values and culture. This allows a combination of expert advice and personalised feedback for your students.

✅ ISO Certified

Wellbeing information is incredibly sensitive data and can put the school under pressure to ensure it's all stored with the highest level of care and security. Orah is ISO Certified meaning you can be sure your data is stored to the level that's expected by your local/national requirements and of course by the parents of your students.

✅ Link to external helplines

Orah allows you to link local and national help lines to the application for your students to contact in times of need that may come outside of school hours.

✅ Comment/Create conversations around specific responses

Your team, and students can start a conversation after a specific response to a Mood Check which allows for a private exchange to work through any issues at a moment of need.

✅ Customised Records of Concern Settings

Set your own rules to encourage follow up for students who may be having a hard time. For example; your team might decide that if someone responds with 'Feeling Down' 3 x in a term, a specific member of staff can be notified to follow up. But a different rule might state 'if a student marks as 'Frustrated' 4 x in a row' it could trigger a different member of staff to follow up. It's up to you.