Step into the life of one real-world, working family. Dad drops off the kids at school and Mom realizes that she forgot to send Jr. with anything to drink. Jr. has to stay after school today and is going to gym, so he needs his usual juice box for lunch plus a bottle of water. One quick text-like message to Teacher. About five minutes later, zap, Mom and Dad both get a picture of Jr. holding up his lunchbox, juice box, bottle of water, and a wide grin. Dad and Mom instantly are relieved and the teacher gets instant feedback. A heartfelt thank you, encouragement and appreciation for everything Teacher does on a daily basis.
It is this style of instant, affirming, and necessary communication that Class Dojo brings to the modern classroom. In the moment of what is essentially a text message; parents, teachers, and students are engaging, virtually.
Students receive daily, and sometimes hourly, feedback. “Way to go” on that spelling test Jr. studied for with Mom. “Great presentation” with a snapshot of Jr. confidently poised before his peers. It is this sort of contact that keeps parents, students, and teachers abreast of the daily work, improvement, and areas of need for young scholars. Students can easily reflect on their own progress and achievements with the constant communication.
Teacher’s keep abreast of the changing needs of students with the communication and help of parents. This type of open forum is essential for happy parents and hands-on teachers.
The app is easy to upload and simple to use. It works a lot like text messaging works. The app can also be used online through a private website provided to parents at the beginning of each school year. Each parent has their own passcode that links them directly to their student’s information. No other parent is able to see the details for another student.
Fast forward to the end of Mom and Dad’s workday and Jr.’s school day. Mom and Dad high five each other for remembering to put Jr.s lunchbox and water bottle near the front door. They also give Jr. a high five for his radical public speech at school.
That is what Class Dojo offers. It is an opportunity to bring the family together – both at school and at home for students.