ClassDojo is an app that was created by two educators, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary in 2011. It is designed to help non-English-speaking parents to be able to plug in and be a factor in the education of their children. The app is currently being used in 90 percent of American schools, in over 180 countries, and in 35 different languages.
The purpose of the app is to overcome the gap that is created when parents do not speak English as a first language and to supply support to the students from home. ClassDojo allows parents to have access to student reports, homework, and class activities. Pictures, photos, lessons, plays, musical and art activities, and whatever else the teacher deems appropriate are examples of the information and activities that are available.
ClassDojo can also be individualized as the teacher can create a “class” for that student. With a “class” the teacher can assign exercises that would help a student understand a math problem, practice a musical scale, or extra reading of specific materials for better understanding.
The mission statement of ClassDojo states that the platform is designed to foster the building of community between school personnel, family members, and students. By being able to allow the parents to participate in student lessons and activities be being able to have access, is a huge dynamic for student motivation. Parents will know what is going on at school with student motivation, effort, and results. The parents will have a head start on monitoring school activities and homework.
If for any reason, a parent has a question or a comment for a teacher, they can simply write a note on ClassDojo and the teacher can respond using the same platform. The possibilities are 3endless with the ultimate goal of allowing total transparency between the school classroom and the parents of the students.
ClassDojo runs on Bank Grade security so that no personal information is ever shared with anyone who is not entitled to receive it. ClassDojo is in compliance with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.