ClassDojo is a company which offers a smartphone app by the same name that helps to build classroom communities. The app allows parents of younger students, teachers, and the student away to stay in better contact versus the old way of a few teacher-parent conferences a year. The app has proven to be very popular and is now used in classrooms across the United States and internationally.
The ClassDojo app allows teachers a quick, easy, and convenient way to keep parents apprised of what’s going on in the classroom. They can send text, pictures, and video of what students are doing in the class and their projects. Parents can communicate back to the teacher about any questions or concerns they have which helps the teacher better teach the student.
ClassDojo was established in 2011. It was co-founded by two people from the United Kingdom, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary. It is now used in about 90% of K-8 classroom across the nation. It has been translated into 35 languages and is now being used in over 180 countries as a result.
Besides the smartphone app, ClassDojo is helping students achieve in other ways as well. They developed a series of videos called Growth Mindset and Empathy in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. This helps to teach students how to be more aware and more emphatic in regards to others. The mindfulness videos help students control stress and in doing so being able to focus better in class on what they are supposed to be learning. Stress can be a big factor in many kids lives as a WebMD survey that was conducted in 2016 showed that parents of young students said 55% of the time that the child faced high to moderate stress during the day.
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