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.
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