ClassDojo was founded in 2011 in San Fransisco, California, by Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary. It is a classroom communication platform which enables teachers, parents and students to interact seamlessly in real time. It is one of the finest education technology companies ever. The ClassDojo app has become a companion to millions of users in an estimated 90% of K-8 schools in the United States and 180 other countries.
The firm consists of a team of world designers, educators, and engineers. The professionals have profound experience in public and charter schools, and various electronic communication platforms such as Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Airbnb, Y Combinator, and Amazon, among others.
The firm received a $21 million Series B round of funding from investors towards the end of 2015. See CrunchBase for more info. The companies which made this contribution were General Catalyst, GSV Acceleration, SignalFire and Reach Capital. This influx of funds saw ClassDojo touch the $31 million mark in funding.
The company is spending the capital on expanding their team. They are also exploring the type of features and content suitable for parents using the app not only during the school hours but also at home.
The objective of ClassDojo is to enable the parents to gather detailed information about the activities that take place in the classroom. It will also help them to monitor the social behavior of the child. The founders say that before setting out to develop the app, they evaluated the many digital curriculums and testing platforms but none of them was completely user-friendly. They then decided to design one that would create a positive culture and community amongst parents, students, and their teachers.
Through ClassDojo, teachers make a daily program known to the parents from the ground up. They take pictures and capture videos of classroom activities and send them to the parents, keeping them abreast of the child’s development in classwork and co-curricular activities.
Future Projections of ClassDojo
The founders of the company promise to maintain high standards of data security. They say that if they feel like generating extra income, ClassDojo will add some premium feature that parents will pay to subscribe, but they will never trade children information. See this article on how ClassDojo plans to make money.
The company’s founders are optimistic that ClassDojo will grow into a social network platform like Snapchat or Facebook biased to the education sector. They hope that ClassDojo will allow parents to buy custom content like course books, videos, tutorials, and lessons appropriate for their children at home.
ClassDojo will also incorporate money transfer capabilities which parents will use to pay for things like tours, lunches, and other provisions which parents pay in cash or checks.
Check ClassDojo on LinkedIn.