ClassDojo, a communication platform connecting teachers and parents, recently raised $21 million in funding to further the ground-up change it has already started creating in classrooms across the country. ClassDojo promotes continual communication between teachers and parents. This eliminates the need for parent-teacher conferences and allows the opportunity for far more frequent communication. In fact, parents and teachers can speak on a daily basis when utilizing ClassDojo. Photographs, videos, and messages are shared through the communication platform, allowing parents to know what their child did at school any given day. Parents are able to stay up-to-date on their student’s success and needs. Cofounders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don created ClassDojo with the intention to help parents facilitate their child’s learning at home. In essence, the communication platform is connecting teachers and parents while empowering students to be able to receive a strong education in and outside of the classroom.
ClassDojo was created in 2011 when cofounders noticed the absence of a free app that focused around creating a positive culture within the classroom. At the time there were other digital tools used for planning, testing, and grading but nothing quite as unique or as special as ClassDojo. The small start-up company is based out of San Francisco and lends services to 2 in 3 schools in the U.S. The communication platform is often used for students ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade. It is evident that ClassDojo is creating collaboration in schools, both quickly and efficiently. It is expected that the already impressive rates of the use of the communication platform will only grow larger. Not only is it likely that the use of it will spread, but also that the communication platform itself will grow. ClassDojo collaborators have brainstormed useful additions to the app. These additions could include social networking or even transactional features for student expenses.
The uniqueness of ClassDojo is changing the classroom in its entirety. Parents and teachers aren’t the only people utilizing it either. Students are able to become more active in their education and collaborate through the app. ClassDojo is a monumental tool for the educational community, benefiting teachers, parents, and students.