When looking at the US education system and where it sits in the world, there’s a lot to be desired and experts have debated where on how to make it better. One challenge for educators is addressing the technology era because of all the distractions and attachments that many young students have to it. But some understand that the answer may be to use that same technology to transform the classroom and make students excited about learning. Such is the case with ClassDojo, an app that’s been around for a little over six years but has helped teachers accomplish much more in class than ever before.
ClassDojo has several purposes. The first is to bring about full student participation and even to encourage them to help their classmates when they can. The second is to use a social media-based interface to bring parents into the classroom and start conversations at home about homework and classroom assignments, and to give them more avenues in their busy schedule to discuss things with teachers. There’s nothing complex about how the app is structured and it’s free to download, and teachers don’t even have to wait for administrators to approve them utilizing it in their classes.
It was Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don who got the idea for ClassDojo. They knew more could be done to help teachers and students and they had the resources to develop an app, but they knew they were going to have to do things differently than most other app developers. First, most of the ideas for the app were crowdsourced from teachers themselves and Chaudhary and Don know they need to make sure their users’ needs come first in the company’s decision making. Second, ClassDojo stays away from selling user data and has worked to address privacy concerns with each new release. And every round of funding the app has received has all gone to making improvements because Chaudhary and Don want to market it through word-of-mouth. Their reasoning for that is that they know people trust peer reviews more than they do television or internet ads, and there’s been no rush to return investor funds totaling $30 million. Ultimately their plan for that will be rolling out some optional pay content in the app.
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