Class Dojo, a free app for students, parents, and teachers, has raised 21 million in the second round of venture capital raising. This app is a communication platform between students, teachers, and parents, where parents can be updated on social, behavior, and academic progress. This constant stream of communication allows for parents to stay up to date on how their child is doing, which helps to alleviate the stress of those quarterly parent teacher conferences.
The co-founders are using this new round of capital to grow the team and add features to the already popular app. They want to expand the at-home features. Class Dojo wants to help parents talk to their children at home about their education and learning. Teachers can send announcements of events, snapshots of activities and pictures, and showing off the student’s engagement. Class Dojo was founded in 2011 and they wanted to make an app that was easy to use for teachers to communicate with parents. Their goal was to create a culture and community between teachers and parents to help encourage parent and student empowerment.
Currently, the app is used in a wide range of schools, with close to 85,000 schools using the app. The start up app has not generated a profit. They intend to make a profit but not off user’s data. Privacy is a huge concern, especially when there is children involved. They hope to incorporate features that would parents would want to pay for, so they can make a profit.
Class Dojo will grow like a social network, allowing for more interaction between teachers and parents. Messaging, photos, videos, and other features allow for everyone to keep in touch. They hope to add a payment feature for yearbooks, lunches, and fees, making it easier on parents.
Class Dojo is a communication app that allows for ground up change and creating community in the classroom. It is easy to use and can be used on any smart phone, tablet, or computer. It gives parents the empowerment to work on their child’s education.
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