In a Series B round of funding ClassDojo has raised $21 million. ClassDojo has an app that makes it simple for teachers, parents, and students stay in communication and empowers their connections. The company plans to use this venture funding capital to increase the number of employees at the company and expand the functionality of its app. The app creates a community that keeps parents in the daily loop on what their children are learning and how they are performing. The app allows teachers and students to do things such as take pictures of projects and classroom events and send them to parents, along with text and video communication. Parents are able to send messages to the teacher and their child as well. More of this subject on angel.co.
ClassDojo was founded by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in 2011. Chaudhary has said that the idea behind the app is to help parents talk about their child’s educational experiences and support their learning. The app was created when they couldn’t see anyone else developing an app that was free and easy to use. They succeeded in creating an app that helps build an educational culture and community. The app is now used at more than 85,000 schools across America including public, private, and charter schools. The app is primarily used in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms.
One thing the app will never do is make money off any of the user’s data. Don has stated that privacy is a huge concern, especially when it comes to a child’s information. Instead they are looking at adding premium, paid features. Some of the ideas for expanding the app with the new funding includes a feature that enables parents to pay for school activities like field trips. They could also put money in their child’s lunch account or buy school supplies.