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Can technology save the classroom? With its new iOS app, ClassDojo aims to do just that.
ClassDojo allows teachers to track and manage the behavior of their students in real time. The service does this by assigning each student a funky cartoon avatar that teachers can award points to based on in-class activity. This, ClassDojo says, reinforces good behavior and discourages bad behavior. It’s gamification for the classroom.
The new iOS app takes this whole process a step further, allowing teachers to dole out points from more mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. All of this allows teachers to spend less time policing their students and more time actually teaching.
Other big features of ClassDojo include the ability to create behavior-tracking reports that teachers can share with parents, a feature many teachers are likely to find very helpful.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, ClassDojo was founded in 2011 by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don. Last month, the company has raised $1.6 million in a seed funding round fueled by investors like Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Morado Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and others.