ClassDojo is a communication platform used to connect teachers to students and their parents. ClassDojo was founded by Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary and the platform was launched in 2011. The platform’s final version was launched in 2015 and is currently used in 180 different countries including the United States where it is used by 90% of school districts. The platform is controlled by teachers who register for an account and enter their class information and invite students and their parents to join the app. This allows both students and teachers to monitor their individual progress. Teachers can also leave specific feedback and rewards students on this app. This has made communication and clarity among teachers, students and parents more efficient and easy. ClassDojo made Inc’s list of the “25 Most Disruptive Companies” in 2017.
Recently ClassDojo and Elon Musk’s private school Ad Astra have partnered to develop a new tool to be used among elementary and middle school teachers and students. This new tool will include “Conundrums” which will be critical thinking puzzles. The “Conundrums” will present open-ending problems relating to critical thinking or ethics that will then be discusses by students to produce a solution. These problems will be more complicated than the typical problems encompassed in elementary and middle school curricula. An example of a “Conundrum” that will be available on this platform poses the situation of “Mojo” and his friends finding a dinosaur skeleton on someone else’s land. The question is then posed of “Who does it belong to?” The students are then given multiple options to choose based on their decision. Ad Astra is not using this tool, but the tool’s purpose is to offer the same type of critical thinking used by Ad Astra. This tool is set to be released to teachers and students this fall.