Everyone has memories of the parent-teacher conference day. For children everywhere, this represents a much anticipated day off from school. For parents, nervous moments wondering whether or not their child has been behaving and learning permeate through the air. Recently, ClassDojo announced they had raised over $21 million through venture funding to invent a new communication platform. This serves as a way for teachers, parents, and students to virtually meet. This connection represents empowerment for all 3 parties involved. This is because it saves valuable transportation time while allowing students to take part in their own conference.
Because meetings are suddenly so much easier, conservative models predict that 2 in 3 schools will use this virtual platform. This is because more meetings can be scheduled throughout the year on short notice. This improved environment is creating community among educators, children, and nervous parents. The platform will allow more frequent updates and discussions between parents and teachers. This gives parents an increased role in the education of their children. Through increased openness, ClassDojo is creating a positive culture within classrooms and schools.
ClassDojo used the most recent round of funding to increase the size of their team and decide what features parents and teachers would use most. The new components focus on both the school day and lessons at home. The whole goal of ClassDojo is to help teachers and parents guide conversations about constant learning both in school and at home. With parents more familiar with the classroom lessons, the discussions at home will help to augment the learning taking place in the classroom.
On the teacher’s end, ClassDojo can be used to make a daily school schedule that parents have access to. Teachers will also send photos and videos home so parents can see what’s happening in the classroom, view the work the child is turning in, and track participation in classroom activities.
To date, ClassDojo is used by thousands of teachers all over the country. In fact, over 85,000 schools, including small private and charter schools, use ClassDojo. The app is mainly used from kindergarten to 8th grade, but the app has applications for high school as well. For a team of only 25 employees, ClassDojo is one of the most impressive apps on the market. ClassDojo is one of the fastest growing companies in the world and has revolutionized communication between teachers and parents in the classroom.