ClassDojo was founded in 2011, at a time when digital grade books and testing platforms were plenteous, but there was a significant lack of easy to use applications that foster communication and sharing between students, parents, and teachers. ClassDojo, at its core, is an education technology (ed-tech) application that helps students, teachers and parents communicate about activities at school. The ClassDojo application is used to send videos, snap and send photos and facilitate communication between teachers and parents during the entire school day.
ClassDojo facilitates communication in real-time, creating real results, as teachers, parents and students share information, provide feedback and learn from the information shared. ClassDoJo co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don and their modest team continually work to improve their product expanding the innovative ed-tech application for use by parents at home.
The result? Parents will be able to better support their children’s learning and development.
ClassDojo is now used by teachers in over 85,000 private and charter schools in the United States.
Recently, teachers have been given even more to be excited about due to the groundbreaking research on growth mindset and its impact on student perceptions of themselves as learners. Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, discovered that the malleable brains of children make them ready to embrace learning. How exciting! Teachers now have long-awaited information that they can use in the classroom. However, integrating growth mindset has been challenging. Enter ClassDojo. ClassDojo, together with Stanford University’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) center, is set to produce an animated growth mindset video series that uses ClassDojo characters with which students are already familiar.
The PERTS, ClassDojo collaborative effort, will yield information about what teachers do daily, including what mindset messages they give students, and what needs improvement.
Teachers who are willing to make use of tools that improve communication and their classroom culture, assist them with giving worthwhile feedback and provide data that is helpful to developing future products, are certainly key. With this cutting edge tool, available in 40 languages, data from broader purviews is also available. ClassDojo and PERTS have embarked upon an information gathering journey that will provide for a positive classroom culture of connectedness and empowerment enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike.
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