There’s been an ongoing drive by activists and reformers to make the classrooms in both public and private schools better and to try and get young students excited about learning again. Technology is an important part of this because newer generations of students are tech-minded. Matching this changing education paradigm are developers like Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the creators of the ClassDojo app. This app is just a little app doing basic things, but it’s got the educator community excited because it does just what it’s intended to do free of charge.
Chaudhary and Don came to the US in 2010 in search of a new venture for their tech-based skills, but they wanted something that wasn’t getting much attention in the business community but was still in high demand. They then thought about the classroom and felt that more could be done with apps to help teachers. They also knew the best way they could do that was to ask teachers what would make a good app.
ClassDojo’s earliest version was a behavior reward app, and even though it was so simple in design, it received a great response from the teachers who used it. It began to spread online through the Google Play store and iTunes as well as through social media reviews. Chaudhary and Don looked at customer reviews and saw requests for more features, and as they started adding them they noticed the app almost became more like a school Facebook app because of how teachers could take photos and tag students in them, and parents now had a way of seeing inside the classroom instead of just having to ask children. Many schools now no longer need parent-teacher meetings.
ClassDojo has had several rounds of public offerings, the latest of which was $21 million. So far all the capital has been used to improve the app itself including security features because Chaudhary and Don have opted not to spend on advertising. To return investor funds, they plan to roll out optional premium features soon.