Founded by Liam Don in 2011, Class Dojo is an internet platform that allows easier exchange of information between teachers, parents, and students. It boasts of real-time feedback from student to teachers through all devices capable of accessing the web. The web platform has increased in popularity. Currently, it has registered over 3.5 million teachers and students. Class Dojo has also registered its use in 60 different countries across the globe.
By January 2015, Class Dojo had half of the teachers in American schools using the platform and enjoyed a whopping 35 million usage by students. The idea behind its inception was in search of how teachers, parents and students would be connected, to enhance a community relation for the betterment of students. Teachers would fully engage their students while generating reports that would be shared with the parents by use of access codes.
Over a span of three years, class dojo has been able to raise 21 million dollars in funds. Aiming to develop a technology that would engage teachers, guardians, and students by connecting and empowering them. Exchange of information from teachers to students and vice versa in real time will enhance growth. Growth can be realized by exertions given to a student by a teacher. Teachers can also provide more educational content through this platform.
According to Liam Don, the campaign to raise the money came to an end by late 2015. They have initially kicked off the project by expanding their workforce and researching on contents and features that can be useful to parents during on and off school.
Chaudhary, one of the co-founders, says that the main idea is to enable parents to have conversations, in regards to their children development in education, guided by facts and day to day progress. All the while creating a community ready to take responsibility and cultivate a positive culture and attitude in their children.
In its inception, Class Dojo was a tool meant to teach and encourage healthy behaviours, but recently, Class Dojo is used for parent, teacher and student interaction. Despite the platform being for education, Chaudhary sees its growth as analogous to social networks.
The platform is not driven by the desire to make money but by the needs of parents and teachers, an investor in the platform quoted. What they sought to achieve was to increase the chances of kids living successful lives by offering quality education through parent, teacher and student interaction. The investor said that the platform would later offer services that would enable parents, pay for school field trips and lunches using the mobile application.