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.