ClassDojo an education app developed by a former teacher has revolutionized the relationships between teachers, students, and parents. The app has broken the previously invisible barriers between the parties and created a community of all the learning stakeholders.
Research indicates that one in every three schools in US uses the services of the ClassDojo app. The app has also been adopted in over 90% of all school districts in US. It is reported that the app has millions of users in more than 180 countries.
Its usage peaked last summer when the company reported that there were over 500,000 installations per day. The download rate made the app more popular than household names like Tinder. The company still holds back data on its popularity citing competitors are craving for this information.
The dream for the app started in the summer of 2011 when a Welsh teacher traveled to USA on a tourist visa to try and make his startup a reality. While in America, Sam Chaudhry a mathematics-economics graduate met his co-founder and together, they actualized the dream.
The app has been credited with creating a community and good relationships between teachers, parents, and students since they can keep up with each other. The students like the app for its modern taste and technology and its social media-like design.
The app functions like any social media platform. In the same way social media users post photos, teachers use the ClasDojo app to post photos and videos of school work on different school groups. The parents check on the progress of their children and give positive feedback if they are happy with the work.
The app also provides a communication platform for all the parties involved. It contains a feature that allows parents to inbox and message teachers privately. This allows the parents and teachers to have a discussion about the students’ progress and help each other where necessary.
The ClassDojo app also has a feature that allows teachers to reward students with points if they conduct themselves well, or take away points if they misbehave. This allows teachers to enforce a student’s discipline. It also allows parents to know the behavior of their children even if they spend limited time together.
The app has proved to create a positive culture in the classroom because all the parties are closely connected. This strengthens their relationships and encourages the development of a vibrant community of classroom users that forms large schools networks.