ClassDojo’s new mobile app helps teachers give real-time student feedback
#SuryaRay #Surya A month after raising a substantial seed round from a group of top investors, San Francisco-based ClassDojo is rolling out its first native mobile app to help teachers control their classrooms and manage student behavior in real-time.
Since launching last year, more than 3.5 million K-12 teachers and students in 30 countries have used a web-based version of ClassDojo on laptops and mobile devices. But the company, which graduated from education startup accelerator ImagineK12‘s first class, said the new iOS app gives teachers a smoother experience and more functionality.
“The single most important thing is speed and the point of the app is to provide the fastest experience,” co-founder Sam Choudary told me.
Through the ClassDojo platform, teachers can give students real-time feedback using any mobile device or computer combined with a smartboard or display screen. Teachers assign avatars to each of their students and then award or subtract points depending on their behavior in full view of the entire class. Beyond keeping students on track during class, the app uses the data to help teachers, administrators and parents monitor progress and follow trends.
Choudary said the new mobile app comes in response to teacher requests for a more responsive platform that allows them to easily provide feedback from their mobile phones while walking around their classrooms.
In addition to more quickly updating information from teachers, the app makes it easier for teachers to find students’ names through alphabetized lists, as well as gives teachers an option to randomly select students by shaking the app. Choudary said an Android version of the app will follow shortly.
Last month, the company, which was founded by Chaudhary, a former high school teacher and McKinsey analyst, and Liam Don, a game developer and computer science PhD candidate, announced that it had officially launched out of beta and had raised $1.6 million from Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Ron Conway at SV Angel, Jeff Clavier at SoftTech VC, Kapor Capital, General Catalyst, Lerer Ventures, Learn Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund and other angels.