Today’s kids are growing up in a world very different from the one their teachers knew, connected and tech-ready. The sweeping changes social media has brought to the social order are only just now being realized, and teachers and parents alike have every reason to be wary, but there is also much to be gained. ClassDojo is one such program that may just turn social medial on its head.
ClassDojo is a mobile communications app designed for teachers, parents, and students, bringing connection and empowerment to the classroom. The app harnesses the power of a mobile communication platform to the needs of educational professionals, creating community between families and their schools. The app enables a simple interface for sharing photos, videos, and messages, bringing parents right into the class’s daily activities. The idea is to bring all invested parties together, creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
The app allows teachers to start addressing the all important discussions with their students, using videos and games, shared through the app. With ClassDojo, teachers can instill lessons in their students about cooperation and compassion for their fellow students. ClassDojo brings parents seamlessly into the lessons and allows everyone, teacher, students, and parents, to address issues and concerns in real time, as situations develop and evolve.
Many teachers, however, are also finding an additional benefit. The solitary world of the classroom, with long days spent with the children they teach, often isolates teachers from their peers. ClassDojo is bringing down those classroom walls, connecting teachers to their peers across the globe. The app is fostering an encouraging and productive dialogue amongst educators, whether to the discuss the daily concerns of any teacher, or to address bigger questions, and seeking fresh approaches to significant problems.
Now reaching 85,000 schools in the United States, across private and public systems, ClassDojo hopes to continue growing, recently raising over $21 million in a second round of venture capital funding. The San Francisco-based company is looking to the horizon for news ways to get students, teachers, and parents involved in the learning process, and creating a connected community.