It has been well established, that children with parents who are involved in their child’s school work and activities are more likely to succeed. As a rule, parents had to wait for a parent-teacher meeting to find out how their student was doing unless there was a problem. Thank’s to a new phone app those days are over. Parents and teachers can now communicate any time the need arises, weekly, monthly or even daily. ClassDoJo users are apprised daily about what their kids are experiencing and how they are behaving at school. Knowing what is going on at school will make it easier for parents to have conversations at home with their child that will support and enhance the students learning experience.
ClassDojo, founded in San Francisco, California in 2011 is experiencing incredible growth, making it one of the fastest growing education technology companies of all time. To date, the startup has raised $31 million in venture capital. This funding will make it possible for ClassDojo to explore new features that will be useful to parents, and to expand their team. While there are numerous education app’s on the market, ClassDojo is a free app designed to create a culture and community among teachers, parents, and students.
ClassDojo has assembled a team of experts from around the world, engineers, designers and educators with backgrounds in public and charter schools as well as Google and Facebook and several others. Currently, several million teachers, students and parents in 2/3 of the schools in the United States, and 180 countries now use the app. Meaning 85,000 public, private and charter schools in the U.S. are now using ClassDojo.
Co-founders CEO Sam Chaudhary and CTO Liam Don assure users they will never make revenue of any data collected from users. Realizing privacy is paramount, particularly when children are involved, they feel they will be able to create new features for the app that parents will be willing to pay to use. In the future parents will be able to use the app to pay for things like lunches, school supplies, field trips, yearbooks or for any other reason they have to send money to school with the kids.
At this time the biggest users of ClassDojo are kindergarten through 8th-grade teachers. Among the many uses teachers are finding for applying the app is taking pictures of a student during the day, showing off his or her latest work or participating in school activities. Teachers and parents alike are enjoying the ease with which a teacher can keep parents informed about upcoming school events, daily progress reports if necessary and the opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to communicate.