Criminal justice technology solutions giant, Securus Technologies is launching a promotion regarding the benefits of remote video visitation for U.S. inmates. They will be spending most of this month airing commercials show the importance of video visitation. Richard Smith, chairman and CEO of Securus, says the biggest winning point is that people can stream visits from the comfort of their own home instead of the outdated method which is having to drive to the jail for every visit. However, he said that there are many other benefits which the commercials will highlight.
The process enables incarcerated parents to have a daily participation in their childrens’ lives. Securus is doing this because although they provide the changes, they cannot make them unless the agencies choose to do them. There would be especially a good option during holidays so that inmates can share the festive occasions with their families. Securus is not suggesting scrapping the face to face visitation since many people would rather do them, they merely suggest adding the video visitation option. There promotion has already seen results long before this current commercial promotion push.
It is hoped that this current push will increase it. Where the two exist side by side, the video visitation is usually favored because it saves on travel time, transportation costs, jail check-in time, waiting in lines, and parking costs. In addition to the commercials, Securus also published some statistics about video visitation. The statistics stated that currently 178 U.S. agencies offer video visitation, that these video visitations saw 160,000 connections per month, 2,000,000 visits per year, with these numbers doubling every year.
To Securus, their services are more than just another way to make money. They are committed to make a real connection to separations during this time. For information about what they do visit SecurusTechnologies.com.
ClassDojo is an innovative communication platform launched in 2011 that is used in 2 in 3 schools, connecting teachers, parents, and students and building amazing classroom communities. The platform is free for all teachers and can be accessed on any iOS, Android or computer. ClassDojo is empowering students with positivity and enabling them to share their accomplishments with parents. According to Inc.com, co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don have been able to get the ClassDojo app in the hands of over 3 million teachers worldwide with little to no marketing. “Teachers use ClassDojo to track students’ development of what Chaudhary refers to as “soft skills,” such as persistence, curiosity, and focus.”
By creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools, ClassDojo has earned some impressive accolades, including landing the founders on Inc.com’s 30 under 30, 2015; being named TechCrunch’s Best Education Startup Crunchie Winner, 2015; and grabbing a spot on FastCompany’s 10 Most Innovative Education Companies, 2013. ClassDojo has also attracted the attention of education researchers at Stanford University. In January 2016, ClassDojo partnered with Standford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) center to produce a series of five videos starring the familiar ClassDojo cast that will help teachers develop a “growth mindset” in their students. According to ww2.kqed.org, “A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners.”
A July 2016 article on thejournal.com reported that ClassDojo has launched a new tool called Student Stories that enables students to create their own classroom portfolios and to share videos and images easily with their families. Students don’t have to remember any login information. They simply scan a classroom QR code to upload a picture of a poem they wrote, a video of a science experiment or anything else they want to record and share with parents and family members. According to Liam Don, “Student Stories gives students more of a voice and involves parents in learning moments they might otherwise never know about.” Student Stories allows students and parents to engage with classroom lessons and events in a way that wasn’t possible before.