Computer technology can be found in all aspects of the business world as well as in the academic and in the world of everyday living. Some of the more recent developments in technology can be seen in the tools created for use in the classroom. This type of technology has become known as edtech. One of the premier companies within the realm of edtech has created a universal educational application known as ClassDojo. This app helps connect educators with the communities they serve.
A recent online article highlighted the aspects today’s edtech designers need to focus on in order to make their products successful. At the top of the list was the ability to solve actual problems. The ClassDojo app hits this aspect straight on by addressing the different needs of teachers, students and parents. This app helps create a positive culture for classrooms by encouraging students to participate in areas they feel comfortable with. Teachers can give students recognition for accomplishments such as tidying up or neat penmanship to help reinforce a positive outlook to learning.
Another aspect on the list of essential qualities for today’s educational tools, is the ability to plan ahead. The majority of classrooms today have access to the Internet as well as WiFi, which could be used to streamline the process of communication. The ClassDojo app incorporates this feature into its process of communication. This allows teachers to connect with parents via text-based messaging. Not only can parents keep tabs on what their children are doing throughout the year, they can actually see their participation on a daily basis.
The plan for implementation of the ClassDojo app was so successful that the company behind it was recently able to raise over 20 million dollars to help upgrade the technology used for communication purposes. The ability the educators have to keep in touch with students and parents helps them build better community awareness within the academic world. As a universal application, ClassDojo is currently available in 35 languages and is used in more than 180 countries throughout the world, with about 90 percent of schools in the United States now using this application.
Learn more about ClassDojo: https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/