ClassDojo founders Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary saw a gap in educational technology and set out to fill it. While many other services exist for educational resources and content, ClassDojo is the first, free service to really create a collaborative community between students, parents, and teachers. It aims to engage parents and students in the entire learning process.
In their recent Series B round of venture funding ClassDojo raised over $21 million dollars, which the team plans to invest in company growth and new features that will extend collaboration to educational activities and conversations at home as well.
ClassDojo offers a wide range of features that it assures fans will always be free for teachers. It offers teachers to share, throughout the day or week, pictures and updates with the whole class about class activities and homework. Parents can receive direct, private chat messages from the teacher in real time, directly to their personal cell phones.
ClassDojo also offers teachers quick, accessible means of sharing feedback with students and teachers, empowering students to make immediate corrections and see positive results for their changes. Built on feedback from educators and parents, ClassDojo has really become a window into the classroom for parents, allowing even the most on-the-go to participate and share in their child’s education and discovery.
The founders of ClassDojo aimed for something more ambitious than an attendance tracker or parent communication tool. Instead, they developed a comprehensive program that creates a close-knit community between the parent, teacher, and student. By keeping the service free, they aim to create a positive change in school cultures around the world. The software is already being used in over 180 countries and 2/3 of schools in the United States. While further research into its impact is still underway, the company already reports over 8,000 messages are exchanged between teachers and parents every minute through the ClassDojo platform.
On the horizon, ClassDojo looks to develop tools parents can use at home to enhance in-school education. They are also considering options that would allow parents to pay for custom yearbooks, school lunches, or field trip fees via the app.
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