The year 2011 saw the onset of a home-to-school software communication platform called the ClassDojo by Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary. It is among the vastly used platforms enabling non-English conversant parents to establish regular contact with the teachers. The primary aim of this software is to bridge the linguistic barrier dividing the teachers and parents. The platform has proved helpful in the development of the students’ skills and is a teacher, parent, student- connection empowerment where parents have access to their children’s results. The software can also be used in sharing of photos as well as videos and messages for parents to view. It is estimated that 2 in 3 schools use this application which is available in 35 different languages which are dispersed in more than 180 countries globally.
The ClassDojo developers regard privacy protection as fundamental in the much-needed trust in the enhancement of education between teachers, parents, and students. It has a privacy center offering more transparency over how the user’s privacy is secured. They follow a 12-month deletion policy and also delete the student’s feedback points when 12 months are up. They even comply with the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act).
The developers are recognized for creating community friendly software as it does not collect personal information such as social security number, gender, student ID, address or email. It does not share anything with a third party or on Twitter. ClassDojo can be used in any device with an internet connection. It is still free for teachers in any institution as means to motivate learning, character building and skill development creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
ClassDojo has been awarded in 2011 and 2013 by the Education Innovation Today Show. Forbes perceived it as “100 Most Promising Organizations in the United States”. The creators of the software were incorporated by Forbes list in 2012’s “30 under 30: Education”. The application was considered among 35 Most Innovative Applications of the Year in 2016 by Fast Company and named 25 Most Disruptive Organizations of the year in 2017 by Inc.