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ClassDojo Raises Millions and Connects Thousands of Teachers and Parents

ClassDojo allows teachers and parents to communicate what is going on in the classroom, making it easier to discuss the development of a child. This benefits both parents and students because no one has to wonder how things are going at school or wait long periods of time for parent-teacher meetings to roll around.

Teachers are able to easily share updates on the student’s progress and even send photos. The app also allows teachers to send messages to each other. ClassDojo is having a positive effect by encouraging continued communication regarding a child’s success. Teachers can create a schedule of activities and then share this information with the parents through the app. Parents can witness their child’s work, completed projects, and class participation. The company is only five years old and was created to fill in the gaps in education tech. Since there was no such app at the time ClassDojo was created, the founders worked to create a free app to build culture and rapport between students, parents, and teachers.

Since 2011, more competition has emerged from FreshGrade, Nearpod, Kickboard, and other companies. Today, ClassDojo is actively used by 85,000 schools. The majority of the teachers that use the app teach from kindergarten to the 8th grade. The company has successfully raised a series B round of venture funding totaling $21 million dollars. The $21 million raised is being used to grow the ClassDojo team. Even though millions of dollars have been raised, the company still has not turned a profit and is responsible for 25 employees.

The handy app hasn’t always been used for collaboration, originally it was utilized for reinforcing good behaviors. The growth of ClassDojo has been likened to Snapchat and Facebook. One of the investors has stated that it’s not planned for ClassDojo to become monetized. It’s possible that in the future parents will be able to pay for field trips, lunches, and yearbooks through the app.

ClassDojo is working in partnership with Stanford University to create a series of animated videos on the growth mindset. The researchers behind the videos have made discoveries regarding what makes children progress and work harder. In fact, it was found that it’s more effective to praise a child for hard work than for being smart. Oftentimes, the child doesn’t want to jeopardize the label of being smart and will not work to outperform themselves. Praise also isn’t helpful to a child if they’re not making genuine progress. ClassDojo is successfully accomplishing its goal to connect every student, teacher, and classroom.

To learn more about ClassDojo, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ClassDojo

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With WIT’s eLibrary the community and individuals have access to various text,journals and other documents and publications that allow for continuous learning. It’s eLibrary meets the demands for research and continued learning that we as people need for continued growth in all aspects of life. They are creating a foundation and gateway of knowledge. And they’re doing it the best way, which is online giving the majority access to valuable information.

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The teachers’ savior, Classdojo

About Classdojo
ClassDojo is a behavior feedback app used by lots of students and teachers to nature specific positive behaviors like curiosity, teamwork, and persistence in schools. The app allows teachers to give students real-time feedback on how to solve the most challenging problem encountered by teachers, something that every teacher spends almost 50% of their class time on that is, improving student’s behavior.

The app was as a result of teachers wanting to make teaching easier. The teachers used Classdojo to award students with positive points when they demonstrate a new skill or behaved well. The tool over the years has grown into a communication site where teachers share photos, text messages and videos with parents about what is going on in their students’ classrooms. To date, ClassDojo is now actively used by half of all U.S schools, as well as by other schools in over 180 other countries.

Summary of TechCrunch.com
ClassDojo has been able to raise $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects teachers, parents, students’ and assists them communicate consistently about student’s sociability, behavioral development, and all other activities at school. With a regular annual communication from the school, means that parents are pre-notified of how their children are behaving and what they’re experiencing, and not being surprised by incidents which are communicated to them once a semester’s parents to teachers meeting.

According to the co-founders of Classdojo, the company put a halt to the round in late 2015, and is using the money to grow their resources, and to figure out what kind of features can be useful to parents who are using Classdojo, not just during the school days, but also at home. Chaudhary, one of the co-founders said, “The idea behind Class dojo is to assist parents guide conversations at home and enhance the development and learning their children are doing at school.”
Teachers, on the other hand, use ClassDojo to prepare a schedule of activities which is let known to parents on a daily basis. They can also use this tool throughout the day to snap and send videos or photos to parents showing off a student’s latest participation in activities.

When the app was born in 2011, ClassDojo’s founders said they saw a different educational tech business platform which was supposed to create digital grade books, tests, and a curriculum, but instead, it brought about an app that gave birth to a community among students, teachers, and their parents.

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