ClassDojo is an application that was created by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in 2011. Essentially they created the app as a communication platform which would increase interaction between students, teachers, and parents. In turn, creating a positive classroom culture that cultivates the parent, teacher relationships.
The platform allows teachers to open the lines of communication with parents via the free app. Teachers have the ability to reward students in a timely manor while customizing the skills they would like to see students improve on. This positive feedback empowers students, encouraging them to continue developing the necessary skills. Parents are immediately aware of student progress, creating a supportive community for the child.
The popularity of the app has grown exponentially since 2011. It is being used in 2 out of 3 American schools, and is available for use in over 180 countries across the nation. This growth has not stopped them from considering the privacy and security of the parents, students, and teachers. Control, 12 month deletion, and privacy are the three pillars of security that the founders focus on.
Users do not have to worry about their information being shared, rented, or sold to marketing companies. Parents, students, and teachers have full control of their information. Gender, student ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and email addresses are not collected. ClassDojo complies with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The privacy team considers all data protection, and privacy policies worldwide. The ultimate goal is to gain and maintain the trust of all who use the platform.
Sam and Liam have done a great job of maintaining user trust and building communities from the very beginning. They have received multiple awards over the years for their ingenuity. Forbes, Inc, TechCrunch, and the Fast Company have issued accolades to the duo for their innovation. Ultimately, they have remained true to their mission, creating a positive culture within classrooms and schools through the ClassDojo app.