A lot has changed in the classroom since the internet came around. Although the classroom has remained virtually the same, the way parents and teachers interact has changed dramatically over the years. The changes are still coming, and ClassDojo is leading the changes. The classroom communication app has become an aspect of parent-teacher interaction in many schools, including at Southern Elementary, where Cindy Price teaches first grade.
Price explains that ClassDojo has become part of her everyday routine when preparing her classroom experience. She explains that her day starts on the application, where she checks messages from parents and checks school news. Price points out that the application allows her to keep the parents constantly updated about their child’s behavior through the customized avatars representing each student. Teachers are also able to share with parents videos of photos at least twice per day.
ClassDojo has experienced success since its establishment. The application is currently in use in over 160 countries and with over 35 translations. More than 80% of schools use the application daily in the US alone, reaching over 1 million students. The founders of the company state that the application was meant to bring change into the classroom. According to Sam Chaudhary, classrooms have remained relatively the same despite the changes over the years. ClassDojo seeks to revolutionize the education sector by taking advantage of the current need for digital content and educational software, whose market value is estimated to be over $8 billion.
Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary founded ClassDojo. The idea for the application was born after the two met in Cambridge during an entrepreneur’s weekend gathering. The two founders moved to Silicon Valley, where they tapped the $20,000 boost from Imagine K12. After the founders conceptualized the idea, they spent time with hundreds of teachers trying to understand the need for the application. The initial version of the application allowed teachers to give students feedback. The application became a success attracting nearly $30 million of investment. The company, which employs 30 staff, has a value of $100 million in the recent valuation. The company plans to shift its focus towards further improving interactivity through consultation with parents.
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