Recent research has indicated that one in every three US schools uses ClassDojo. The app is well received by students and teachers and has been credited for building and enhancing communal relations between teachers, parents, and students.
Class Dojo was launched in the summer of 2011 by Sam Chaudhary, a Welsh-born developer that came to USA to realize his dream. While in USA, he met his co-developer together with whom they built the app. Sam is an experienced teacher and boasts of a degree in mathematical economics.
Millions of educators and students throughout the world have installed the app on their devices. The app is available in both Google play and Apple store. It functions as a social media community where teachers and students upload videos and photos of schoolwork to enable parents to monitor the performance of their children and the things going on in school.
ClassDojo has been widely accepted with users coming from over 180 countries. 90% of school districts in USA have adopted the app and integrated it in their activities. It is reported that in last summer, the app was getting more than 500,000 downloads per day. This number made it more popular compared to Yelp and Tinder.
The app acts as a communication platform between teachers, students, and parents. After a teacher has uploaded work on private classroom groups, any parent can view the work, and leave a comment.
The app has successfully created a community that constantly communicates on matters to do with learning. Parents are able to message teachers privately and get an opinion on the performance of their children. This helps the parent in understanding the shortcomings of their children and areas where they need help.
The app features a tracking ability that tracks the behavior of a student. Using the feature, a teacher could give or take points depending on a student’s performance. This eventually helps the teacher to observe a student’s behavior and be able to inspire change from the ground-up change.
The app creates a positive culture between the classrooms and schools as the traditional communication barriers have been broken. Schools and students can keep close communications that foster positive connections.
The parents relied on academic days or parents’ meeting to know the performance of their children. However, with ClassDojo they do not need to wait for yearly or quarterly meetings to check on the update of their children. They have been empowered to do it every day by monitoring the performance or activities of their children through the device.
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