ClassDojo Empowering Parent to Teacher Communications

In America, there is still an immense communications gap between teachers and parents; a gap that has traditionally been addressed with rounds of in-person or group parent/teacher gatherings sprinkled throughout the school year. This approach has always had its inherent limitations, such as:

  • teachers may be required to interact with groups of parents, reducing the personalized attention needed for individual assessment and counseling
  • many parents experience scheduling conflicts and miss out on these parent – teacher conferences, that often communicate problematic situations after the fact
  • the individual parent meetings will approach a general overview of the student’s academic progress, behavior and social activities, but lacks the spontaneity to address issues in real time

Effective teacher to parent communications is necessary for building community relationships and demonstrating an increased involvement of the school in the individual student’s progress. Imagine an educational system wherein teachers and parents could communicate in real-time, as needed, in the best interest of each and every student.

ClassDojo, an educational technology firm, has successfully raised $21 million in venture funding to roll-out its’ communications app which connects school educators with parents throughout the school day, during the entire school year. The benefits of teachers being able to keep parents aware of their children’s successes and missteps, in real time, include:

  • student motivation for academic achievement is increased, along with more regular attendance and improved behavior
  • parents have an enhanced quality of in-home involvement in learning, as information concerning bad behavior and student achievements act as guideposts
  • teachers can focus more on teaching, as parents are kept abreast of the student’s special needs; also reducing the amount of in-person time required

In over 85,000 schools across the nation, the ClassDojo app is being successfully utilized in public, charter, and private learning sectors. The software resembles the popular social networking apps like Facebook, yet the company’s leadership has placed a strong focus on data privacy and security, in addition to increasing student, teacher, and parent communications.

Future developments for the ClassDojo app could include online payments for student activities, school products like yearbooks or school photos, and other fees normally paid by sending cash or a check to school via the student. The firm is committed to setting its priorities to address the needs of the educational system, and not aim for monetization opportunities within the app.

How The ClassDojo App Is Creating a Revolution is the Classroom

For Jill Smith, it wasn’t hard at all to find out how her son, who was in the fifth grade in Berry Intermediate School, was doing in class that day. All she had to do was flip open her phone, and she immediately saw that her son’s teacher, Emily Linsley, who taught him math, had given him a plus one for working hard. How did she do this? She used the ClassDojo app.

 

ClassDojo is an app that is all about empowering parents. It is about connecting teachers, parents, and students together in real time. It empowers students by rewarding them for positive behavior. When students are good, they will earn points, but they can lose points if their good behavior does not keep up.

 

But the greatest part of Class Dojo is that it helps parents connect with the classroom in real time. Parents can see how many points their child earned and for what good actions they earned these points for.

 

Jill Smith is proud of her son, and believes that it has helped him tremendously. She says that she sees a new maturity in her son this year, and she credits it to the Classdojo app.

 

The ClassDojo app is pretty well used. It is used in ninety percent of United States school districts, and it is used in one hundred and eighty countries around the world.

 

The great thing about the ClassDojo app is that is can be customized to fit each teacher’s needs. Not all children are alike, and every child, and every classroom setting, will require its own ways to empower the students. Teachers can put in which skills should be strived for, and are able to decide how many points each skill and good action is worth.

 

For parents who do not have the technology at home that is necessary to access the reports on the app, there is also an option for the teacher to print out the reports and give them over to the parents on paper.

 

Another teacher, Nicole Brown, who works at Dennis Elementary School, says that the app has helped create a positive environment in the classroom and improve the connection between students, teachers, and parents. She says that she has seen a total transformation among her students and in her classroom.

 

Nicole Brown uses a point system that can be traded in for prizes. Every 25 points can be applied towards a pride.

 

Find out more about ClassDojo:

https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/