The days of teachers ordering their students to turn off their cellphones and put them away where they can’t be seen have been over for a while, and now they’re becoming important tools used in building classroom collaboration. There are all kinds of apps and learning software on the market you could evaluate, but sometimes it’s just the ones with the simple interface and low overhead that make class time most effective, and one app that does that is ClassDojo. This app can capture activities being done both in live feeds and in picture stories, and it’s become a window for parents to see what their children are doing in class. Teachers have spoke about how this little app can bring students together as opposed to isolating them during class time.
The story behind ClassDojo is about two college graduates from the UK who were looking for app ideas to fill a void that had been largely unaddressed. They realized education was one such void, so they decided to go to a teacher’s convention to find out from them what could be done to make classrooms better places for learning. Their first idea was to make an app that could assign students points and have teachers periodically give them out during the day for things such as answering questions correctly, doing their assignments correctly and exhibiting good behavior overall. But the apps developers heard from their users how it could become even better in its current social media form, so they made it into a platform similar to Facebook but with much better policies.
One of the main benefits for the apps users is that constant communication between parents and teachers has led to schools that use it doing away with parent-teacher meetings. And while administrators do usually like to use it to see how things are going in their classrooms, their approval is not needed in order for teachers and students to download and signup for it. And ClassDojo has also made it clear that no compromises whatsoever will be made when it comes to user privacy, and no third parties will have any access to data on the app.
Learn more about ClassDojo : https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/