The ClassDojo App Makes Classroom Management Fun for Both Teachers and Students

Managing a classroom full of students can feel like a game of whack-a-mole for many teachers. The popular carnival game can be fun, but it can also be nerve-wracking

3.. It is definitely not a game to be played eight hours a day, five days a week.

Enter ClassDojo. The educational app alleviates much of the stress that comes with the demands of teaching 30 school children who are fidgety, restless or bored.

ClassDojo facilitates communication among teachers, students and parents. The app empowers teachers to motivate and efficiently give feedback to learners in real time. When a student does something remarkable, the teacher can recognize the effort by highlighting an avatar or generating a ping. When a student misbehaves, teachers may provide gentle redirection using the app. ClassDojo also simplifies parent contact, by providing a platform for e-mail communication, sharing photos and videos, and other exchanges.

ClassDojo promotes character values, including focus and responsibility. All the while, the app’s creators have incorporated gaming into its features in innovative ways. As a result, the classroom feels playful and enjoyable for teachers, students, and even parents.

Founders Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary tapped into their experiences in education and technology, and into their conversations with hundreds of teachers, to create the most widely used behavioral-management app on the market. Remarkably, despite remaining free to its primary users — teachers — the company recently earned a valuation of more than $100 million, according to Forbes magazine. Today, ClassDojo reaches more than 10 million children in more than 180 countries. It is used in 35 languages.

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