The problem with most educational technology products is that the creators don’t ask teachers what would be useful in their classrooms. Just under 60% of teachers say that these types of products meet the needs of their students. The issue is that the educational technology company just assumes what will be useful for teachers and students without gathering their input.
ClassDojo is a different type of educational technology product. One of the co-founders of the firm, Sam Chaudhary, said that when they were developing this app they extensively talked to teachers about what would be useful in their classrooms. They also gathered input from students as well as their parents. The result is an app that truly fills a classroom need which is that it offers a way for teachers to easily communicate with parents whenever there is a need to do so.
The Classdojo application is now being used in 2 in 3 schools across America as well as overseas in many countries. The app has been tested and proven to be useful by teachers who will only use technology that truly serves a need of theirs. This app is replacing the out-dated practice of holding a parent-teacher conference once or twice a year as open lines of communication can be held at any time.
The problem with most educational technology companies is that they believe that it the build a new technology it will be broadly adopted just because it exists. The attitude at ClassDojo is different. Their goal was to fill the need of creating a positive classroom culture where student learning could thrive. Teachers know that parents involved in their child’s education will support their students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Classdojo is a privately held company that was launched in San Francisco, California, in August 2011. In order to use the app in a classroom the teacher first creates a free account. After this they create an online “classroom” that includes accounts for all of their students. The teacher then sends an invite to the parents of their students so that they can connect to the “classroom” as well.
Learn more about ClassDojo: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/class-dojo/