ClassDojo is one of the most widely used platforms that connects students, teachers and parents. This community building between teachers, school leaders and families is a means to encourage learning, skill development and character building among students. More narrowly, ClassDojo is a communication app that enables sharing of student reports as well as photos and videos as the teachers monitor student behavior.
A ClassDojo beta version was released in 2011 by founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don. It reached 3.5 million teachers and students in more than 30 countries within a year. Two years later, the app became available in several other languages. In 2014, the founders added both a messaging feature as well as Class Story, a digital content stream that was created by teachers. It was ready to use in 2015. ClassDojo is currently available in 35 languages, and it has been used in 180 countries as well as by 90% of American school districts.
Communication via the platform is straightforward and the app is easy to use. It is accessible through any device with a web browser, and it is compatible with native applications for iPhone (iOS) and Android. Instructors register for a free account and create “classes” with their students who can see classes as well as their individual progress. They also have the ability to invite parents so that they can see their child’s progress as well as any information shared by the teachers. Furthermore, the platform enables teachers to reward students in real time for any task they perform well as well as to communicate directly with parents. ClassDojo also allows teachers to customize the kinds of skills they want to leave student feedback for so that the students can adapt to the needs of the class or the school. Overall, the platform makes it easy for teachers to communicate with and reward their students as well as remain in touch with the students’ parents.
In 2017, ClassDojo was named one of the “25 Most Disruptive Companies” of the year by Inc. It has also received several other awards over the years since it was started. These include the Today Show’s Education Innovation Award in 2011 and in 2013. It was also recognized as one of the “100 Most Promising Companies of the United States” by Forbes as well as included in Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Education Companies in the World” list. In 2012, the founders were included on the Forbes “30 Under 30: Education” list. The operation was awarded TechCrunch’s Crunchie award for Best Education Startup, and its founders were included on Inc.’s “30 Under 30 list in 2015. The following year, the ClassDojo app was recognized as one of “The 35 Most Innovative Apps of the Year” by Fast Company.
Founders: Liam Don, Sam Chaudhary