There has been a lot of compelling research recently about how to change children’s perceptions about being lifelong learners. Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, and said her research shows that when kids are told that their abilities and minds can be developed that it really helps them approach learning as something that they are willing to embrace. This helps create a feedback loop with teachers where the students and teachers create a classroom environment where optimal education is embraced and celebrated. Helping to develop this environment is a popular smartphone app that has been catching on throughout the country and indeed the world; ClassDojo.
ClassDojo has been designed to empower and connect not only students and teachers but parents as well. The app enables a flow of information between interested parties in order to enhance and enrich a child’s education and classroom experience. Through the application, teachers can share with parents the child’s schoolwork, curriculum, and help develop a culture that invites everybody to participate.
Children can also use the app to show their parents the portfolio of learning they have developed through words, pictures, and video using the application. The application has been used to create a positive culture in over 85,000 schools across the US and in both public and private schools.
Due to the ongoing success of ClassDojo they recently raised another $21 million in their Series B round of funding from venture capitalists. The company plans to use this money to expand their staff and add tons of useful features to the app. Some of the additional features under consideration are incorporating a feature to collect school fees such as lunch, band, sports fees, and field trips. The application might also include the ability to buy custom yearbooks or additional discussion guides and lessons for students that need additional help.
Do you remember when you were a child and something would come up during the school day? Whether it be something you made yourself or in a group or even just a grade you made on an assignment and how excited you were to share with your parents? The day seemed long and by the time you made it home after school you forgot all about it. Teachers have to keep up with so many students so maybe that bit of information didn’t make it home via a note to your parents either. The parents and students of today’s time do not have to worry about those great moments being lost as Class Dojo has changed this and made it possible for them to have interaction during the school day.
What a great and exciting time to be a parent! The ability to interact with your child and be more involved during the school day is priceless. The School Story and Class Story offered by Class Dojo allows the administrators and teachers of the school to share information and visual events with the parents. All in all, it is beneficial for students as now parents can be more involved in their classwork and can also see their accomplishments away from home.
Teachers can reach parents through direct message through the Class Dojo app which can help the parent and teacher work together for the child’s needs. For instance, you are able to see your child in the classroom recite a poem or work a problem in front of the class. Maybe the teacher will want to take a short video of your child during the day just so you know all is going well. This app also includes a way to post announcements so parents will never miss an important coming up.
Not only is this a great app for parents and teachers, but the students benefit from it also. The child will see that the parent is involved in their day at school and this can make them feel more secure about their classwork.
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