The Evolution of Education Makes Way to Parent-Teacher Communication
ClassDojo is more than just a free app. It is a revolutionary new teaching tool that is sweeping the nation. ClassDojo is actively used by 85,000 schools in the United States to connect parents with teachers (Kolodny). The app allows for frequent check-ins that gauge student performance, classroom engagement, and other factors/benchmarks in their education (ClassDojo). The app was initially used to help improve behavioral problems(Schwartz), now it has become a sounding board for parents and teachers to communicate about the child’s education. The app helps identify where their strengths lie and communicate how they may need improvement. Approaching education positively, the teachers can even take a snap shot to share good work or a short video of the child’s strength (ClassDojo).
ClassDojo is working with Stanford’s Project for Education That Scales or PERTS; together they have been using feedback from the teachers and students to help the little learners accomplish higher goals (Schwartz) and create a dynamic classroom environment. They found that giving encouragement for achievements is more effective than giving titles such as “smart”(Toppo). Utilizing these methods students were less competitive and had higher comprehension rates. As teachers begin to reverse the ingrained belief that children have fixed intelligence, the children even began to point out others accomplishments and praise their fellow students(Schwartz). Through partnering with PERTS, the co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, are hoping to foster a more effective learning environment for students. We have to teach in the class room that all students have the capacity to learn the information; it just needs to be taught differently to some students. When a positive learning environment is painted and children receive plenty of positive encouragement classrooms band together instead of becoming competitive (Schwartz).
This all begins with the connection of parents and teachers for a more involved for of education. ClassDojo has raised 21 million in this round of venture funding and the app hasn’t even monetized yet (Kolodny). The owners and investors primary concern is how they can use this new tool to better the education system, to date 31 million have gone into this project (U,L,M,M.). Eventually, Class Dojo will be looking for ways to monetize the app such as custom yearbooks, the ability to pay for field’s trips and school lunches, and much more (Kolodny). For now they are invested in showing children that their intelligence is not fixed. They have recently released a video series for students using cute little monsters to show children the growth mind state and help teachers show the students that they have the potential to achieve any goal (Schwartz).
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