Educational technology had a good year last year. According to a recent article in Entrepreneur.com, edtech investments were projected to reach a remarkable $1.4 billion last year.
While there are many edtech startups that have been gaining buzz, one in particular has pulled ahead of the pack. ClassDojo, which was founded in August 2011, has been praised for its consistency, amazing security features, and desire to inspire positive change in classrooms.
ClassDojo is a communication platform that connects teachers, parents, and students, allowing them to share the best ideas that will make a difference in the classroom. Teachers can share inspiring moments with parents, whether it’s a student experiencing a breakthrough moment with math, or a student helping out a friend. It is also easy for teachers to create and post assignments. Students can create a digital portfolio of their work, and parents are able to post comments. Students love learning when they have this kind of positive feedback.
A new feature in ClassDojo is the ClassDojo toolkit, which helps create a positive classroom culture. Teachers can choose music stations for students to listen to while they work, or the “think pair share” feature, which encourages classroom discussion.
With ClassDojo, parents and teachers can privately message without having to share phone numbers or private details. It’s also easy for teachers and school administrators to connect and brainstorm ideas for the school community.
In 2015, ClassDojo closed a round of Series B funding, with $21 million. Parent-teacher meetings have been a mainstay of school culture for decades, but with the ClassDojo communication platform, parents stay engaged with their students’ learning throughout the year, rather than once per semester.
A remarkable 2 in 3 K-8 schools in the US use ClassDojo. It’s led change from the ground up, helping students feel excited about learning and building stronger schools.