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ClassDojo’s Bid to Re-invent Classrooms with Student Stories

In a bid to get parents more involved in their children’s learning, ClassDojo has launched ‘Student Stories’. The aim of Student Stories is to help children share whatever they learn in class with their parents. The program works by allowing children to add videos and images to their portfolios and share them with their parents. The images or videos can be of anything the child learns from class or anywhere else. All the kid needs to do is record it, upload it to their portfolio and share it with their parents.

Student Stories has been designed to be user-friendly to children and available to all. To access their portfolios, students need to neither recall any login credentials nor own their own devices. All they need to do is scan a QR code that is specific for the class and then add material they wish to share with their parents. A teacher then has to approve all stories students add to their portfolio. Student Stories allows comments and tags so parents can opt to let their thoughts known. The program also allows teacher to add material to individual student stories.

According to Stephanie Smith, a teacher, Student Stories will help students have a voice and own their learning. She also believes that the software will make many teachers dreams of having a student-centric classroom come true. Stephanie Smith was excited about the idea of Student Stories and she hopes it will initiate excellent discussions at home too.
Liam Don, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at ClassDojo, said that the idea of Student Stories came from the parents need to see even more of their children’s accomplishments and projects other than videos and photos on Class Story. Teachers also felt the need for students to have more ownership of their work.

ClassDojo is a communication platform that allows teachers to encourage students and allows parents to be in the loop about their children’s best moments. The mission of ClassDojo is to ground up change in classrooms by bringing students, parents and teachers together. Most of what ClassDojo comes up with is drawn from the comments and ideas put forward by teachers.

ClassDojo has made significant achievements since its inception. It now boasts of being used by 15 million students, being utilized in 2 out of 3 schools in the U.S. and with 8000 moments shared by teachers through it every minute. Investors who include Imagine K12 / Y, Signal Fire, Combinator, General Catalyst, GSV, SV Angel, SoftTech VC, Shasta Ventures and Reach Capital back ClassDojo.


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