Modern day parents lead especially hectic lives, with more and more families identifying as two income households than ever before, making it increasingly difficult to be actively involved in the daily activities of their child’s classroom. With ClassDojo, an education communication platform, parents and teachers can keep in touch through various methods available on the app and the ClassDojo website, empowering parents by enabling them to take an effective role in the process of the education of their children and creating a community for open communication.
Based in San Francisco and founded by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in 2011, the company seeks to change to the way parents interact with teachers from the ground up. Users can visit the website or download the app to access ClassDojo. Parents create an account using an email address and a parent code provided by the teacher. Once they are logged onto the app they can access various tools that help to create a sort of virtual classroom experience that can be accessed easily on any computer or mobile device.
Some of the methods ClassDojo employs to achieve its goals are parent/ teacher messages, teacher provided activity schedules, student behavior reports, and photo/ video updates on classroom activity.
The app started as a way to teach behavioral traits before it was developed into its current form. The future of the app could see it transform even further based on the ever changing need of parents, teachers, and students. One possible function that could be added to the app eventually is online payments for things such as field trips and classroom supplies. Eliminating the hassle of sending cash or checks to school that could be easily misplaced by children.
Privacy is also a main priority for the company, which believes it is of the utmost importance to keep information about the teachers, children, and parents that use the app secure, so all users can rest assured that their information is protected.
The app is now being used in 2 out of 3 k-8 schools in the United States and is available in 180 other countries.