Sam Chaudhary Had an educational app startup in mind and traveled to California to conduct his research in order to make one important discovery. In order to make it successful he had to discover what teachers considered the worst part of being a teacher. he aimed to create proactively create a solution to their problems in order to create a positive culture with the classrooms and schools. After conducting interviews and partnering with Liam Don, his co-founder of the startup ClassDojo, Chaudhary returned home after his tourist visa expired to continue developing his educational app.
After five years, ClassDojo has successfully expanded. In fact, Every 2 in 3 schools nationwide use the platform. This includes public private and charter educational communities. The app is also utilize in the over 90% of the school districts and operates in over 180 countries around the world. last summer, more than half a million people downloaded the app each day during the back-to-school season. This number is above and beyond the count downloadable apps like Yelp and Tinder.
Even though Chaudhary did not imagine the level of success his startup would experience from the beginning, he and his cofounder were able to raise $1.6 million in seed funding when the startup company was first introduced in 2012. During the following year, ClassDojo was able to attract $8.5 million in first round venture funding. Two years later, the company performed their second round of venture funding and raised an additional $21 million. Educational professionals, venture investors and analysts alike were obviously impressed with the quality of the app and fully supported the company’s hopeful achievements.
ClassDojo is an communication platform that is similar to a social media platform. It allows teachers, parents and students to connect inside and outside of the classroom on a consistent basis. Students are empowered and encouraged to participate in class and behave well by receiving points as incentives on the app. Students are also able to share their classroom work with their parents by downloading their assignments.
Parents can monitor the increase or decrease in their child’s account balance in order to evaluate the activity in the classroom as well as review their childs’ assignments in order to identify areas where the child needs additional assistance. Parents can collaborate with their childs’ teachers to All of this can be accomplished without the parent physically being in the classroom, which is empowering for concerned parents.
Teachers can communicate with parents in order to provide feedback on a regular basis as opposed to waiting for periodic parent and teacher conferences. Teachers also have the ability to utilize the app in order to create a community of support, encouragement and collaboration that is beneficial to the students. Chaudhary may have needed more than 90 days and visa to get the app created, but it appears he has identified what makes a teacher’s job difficult and successfully created a solution that not only makes the role of the instructor easier, it also strengthens the communication between all parties involved.