One of the most important resources teachers have is their relationship with the parents of their students. Performance improves when they can connect with parents regularly and keep them apprised of the progress or problems each child is experiencing. The roadblock to this is often scheduling. Parents frequently work during school hours and parent/ teacher meetings become limited to once or twice a year or when issues have reached a breaking point.
Technology has made it easier. Mobile phones make parents more accessible and email eliminates writing notes that are often forgotten in lockers or backpacks. Since phone calls and email has had limited benefit the co-founders of ClassDojo decided to create an app that made consistent contact easy and informative.
Their app enables teachers to give all of the parents of their students a class schedule. They can randomly send each parent that is connected with the app a photo or video of their own child contributing to the class or sharing their work. It is more than just a method of relating test scores or mentioning missing homework. It addresses the actual daily activities and behaviors of the child.
Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don created the app in 2011 and have been raising funds to support the startup since that time. The app is now used in 85,000 schools around the country with the majority of the active teachers leading classes in kindergarten through 8th grades. The company has now raised over $31 million and plans to eventually increase what the app has to offer. Their vision includes using the app as a payment system for school expenses like field trips and lunch and to purchase at-home guides and lessons that would build on what is taking place at school.
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