ClassDojo: The Star Pupil of Education Apps

ClassDojo is a communication platform that encourages communication between instructors and parents. It is an app that allows for immediate updates in the classroom instead of forcing parents and teachers to rely on semi-annual conferences. The app is currently used in two in three schools, mostly by instructors teaching kindergarten through grade eight. ClassDojo was founded by Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary in 2011 and has recently garnered twenty-one million dollars in funding. Don and Chaudhary plan on using this funding to bring in new employees and to further develop the app.

ClassDojo allows teachers and parents to communicate with each other quickly and on a regular schedule. If a student fails a test, the parent can be immediately informed. This allows the parent and the teacher plenty of time to help the student improve before one bad grade becomes a pattern. If a parent has a concern of any kind, they can contact the teacher easily without having to sit through a long and frustrating automated phone system before they reach their child’s teacher.

Traditional parent-teacher conferences are ineffective and obsolete. Unless something serious happens to a student, a teacher can’t schedule a conference right away. A conference requires parents and teachers to alter their busy schedules, which isn’t always feasible. ClassDojo allows teachers and parents to keep each other updated conveniently and easily. Instead of the parent just becoming another faceless entity the teacher has to sift through during conference week, they become an engaged party in their child’s learning experience. With the app, teachers can send parents a schedule of class activities, photos of assignments, and reminders of upcoming school events.

ClassDojo also goes to great efforts to include parents who struggle with English as a second language. The ClassDojo website advertises the option for users to translate a message in 35 languages. This option is available to both teachers and parents. This feature can help reduce feelings of embarrassment and isolation in students whose parents are unable to speak English fluently by keeping their parents involved in the classroom.

ClassDojo is facilitating swift and necessary changes in the school system. It’s a tool that will foster connection and empowerment in teachers, parents, and students. The app will facilitate some major changes in the parent-teacher relationship and in classroom dyanmics. If ClassDojo continues to develop, the app will do more than just improve parent-teacher communications. Creating a sense of community and a positive culture with classrooms and schools are two ideals that we can expect to see ClassDojo make a reality.


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