Parent-Teacher Communication: ClassDojo
Teachers have the huge decision-making responsibility to ensure that they bring products and learning technology into the classroom that is effective and fun for the students. When it comes to technology there are three main things that teachers are looking for when deciding if the specific technology is worth purchasing or not.
First, teachers want technology that will actually solve the problem that is being encountered. If the product isn’t considered necessary, it will not be brought into the classroom. Second, that the technology has been tested and proven to be effective. Last, that company producing the technology has plan to implement it into the classroom. As teachers bring new technology into their classrooms, they need the companies continued support to ensure that the transition runs seamlessly.
There are only a few companies who have been successful in all three criteria. One such company is called ClassDojo. One reason this company has been so successful is because its co-founder, Sam Chaudhary, was willing to listen to not only teachers, but also the parents and students. The problem that ClassDojo has solved is communication between the parent and teacher.
ClassDojo is a communication platform that easily allows parents and teachers to privately message back and forth through an application downloaded to a computer or other smart device. Other than improving communication with parents, the company has three main goals. First, to create a positive culture that easily allows teachers to encourage their students. Second, ClassDojo gives students a voice by sharing their work on their own portfolios. Third, it allows teachers to share snippets of the day with parents.
In 2011, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, founded the company in San Francisco, California. A team made up of engineers, designers, and educators from around the world work tirelessly to continually improve the application to ensure it is meeting the needs of the teachers, parents, and students.
Learn more about ClassDojo: https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/