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ClassDojo: Connecting Parents, Students and Teachers Nationwide

ClassDojo is a San Francisco based educational start-up and offers an innovative, interactive communication platform that connect parents with their child’s teachers and classrooms. Founded in 2011 by Sam Chaudry and Liam Don, ClassDojo’s main focus is to create a positive learning community and culture for students, parents and teachers alike. Parents can use the new app to see school activities, communicate with their student’s teacher and to empower parents to become more involved with their child’s education at home.

The app also allows teachers to upload photos and videos displaying daily activities and projects. A great feature that many parents find useful is the ability to easily and privately communicate with teachers.

Currently, ClassDojo is being used in classrooms across the country. It is estimated that 2 in 3 schools use the newly founded platform and it is increasing in popularity. To date, a total of $31 million has been raised in venture funding; $21 million coming from the start-ups Series B round. The Series B round was lead by General Catalyst. The managing director of General Catalyst, Hemant Taneja, believes that the platform is comparable to Facebook or Snapchat and will see equal growth.

The Series B round did bring in new investors as well: GSV, SignalFire and Reach Capital. According to the cofounders, the funds gained through investors are being used to expand the features and content of the app. ClassDojo is a completely free app that has generated no revenue. While creating features that could generate revenue is in the works, the founders are more focused on better adapting the app for classrooms and how they could incorporate new ground breaking abilities.

Teachers across the board agree that ClassDojo encourages and creates a community and bond that goes beyond the typical teacher/parent relationship. Parents are not only encouraged, but invited to see and comment on their child’s day-to-day activities.

The San Francisco-based startup has recently partnered with Stanford University to create a five part animated video series that can be shared amongst teachers. These videos focus on a new concept called the ‘growth mindset.’ The founders of ClassDojo, as well as the researchers at Stanford, hope that the video series will be the first of many “Big Ideas” series and will promote research in classrooms across the US and other countries.

What is Class Dojo Really Teaching Kids?

Empathy seems to be in short supply, but students in a fifth grade classroom now know that they can make a difference in the lives of students that may not handle social pressure all that well. Jennifer Ellison, the teacher of this class had students paired off to read together, but a young autistic boy was obviously feeling pressure in this situation. The students wanted to make classmate feel comfortable, but the question was how to do this.

These students at 10 years of age were able to see the need for a team approach, something adults are often not able to do. The lack of empathy has lead to bullying in the United States as well as to negative experiences within the school. The good news is that these young students encouraged positive change.

ClassDojo a startup that is dedicated to education is now assisting in teaching students empathy and compassion. The small staff of no more than 30 and $31 million in funding, and has quickly grown into one of the most popular tools in technology today. This communication platform is a mobile app, and it allows students to communicate with parents and each other. The best part is that this app is appealing to students, using monsters and other silly things to make it fun for all to enjoy.

The very best teachers always desire to see students interact with each other in a way that is friendly and caring, but with bullying on the rise teachers are often fearful that children with challenges would ultimately get left behind. The goal is to not only create a more compassionate environment, but also to get students to encourage each other. This welcome ground-up change has come at a good time, with more than 65% of classrooms in the K-8 category using this application.

The great news is that now 90% of schools in America are using this application, and that is a big number. While the app appeals to the younger crowd, nearly 5% of high schools are using this application as well. This means that 2 in 3 schools are now proactively using an application that could change the way children see each other and be more empathetic for the long-term.

The ideal model is @ClassDojo parents, students, and teachers can all be connected easily and in a way that fosters overall goodness.