ClassDojo – A school communication app – Review

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What is ClassDojo?

Have you heard of ClassDojo? Does your child’s school use it? ClassDojo is the most popular school communication app for teachers, students and their families and is used in 85% of UK primary schools.

Although my own children’s school doesn’t use ClassDojo, I do have experience of it on the other side of the fence as a supply teacher.

Opening up the lines of communication with ClassDojo

ClassDojo connects teachers with families, helping them to work together as a team. How often do you ask your child what they did at school today only to get a shrug and a “don’t know” in response? ClassDojo offers up a means of circumnavigating this by allowing teachers to instantly share pictures, videos and messages with families about what’s happening throughout the school day giving parent’s the perfect starting point for conversation.

ClassDojo in use in the classroom

ClassDojo lets you learn more about what your children have been doing at school!

Research recently commissioned by ClassDojo showed that 93% of parents would like to know more about what happens in their children’s classrooms and 27% said finding out what their children did in school is like getting blood out of a stone. Many parents who work full time, only get chance to speak to their children’s teacher at Parents’ Evening or when something goes wrong. ClassDojo means that those fantastic pieces of work, forgotten PE kits or messages about reading books can be passed on quickly, without making a big deal out of it. The value of children knowing that parents and teachers are on the same side and communicating freely can’t be underestimated!

Parent school messaging app

As a primary school teacher myself, I often have a fair idea of what my children are likely to have been up to – I have the insider knowledge that means when I do get the odd nugget of information out of them I can run with it, ask them more questions to tease more details out of them. But regular communication from their class teacher makes these conversations so much easier. Instead of asking Amy, “What did you do at school today?”, I’m able to say, “I saw you did some painting about The Three Little Pigs” and the conversation flows from there.

Quiet Hours

ClassDojo allows teachers to share snippets of work and messages with parents and, using the free app, parents are able to respond to these. Don’t panic about disturbing one another though – the Do Not Disturb signal allows teachers to set “away” hours so it doesn’t matter if you suddenly remember at bedtime you needed to ask an important question about the topic work, you can send it when it occurs to you but the teacher won’t be notified until their “available” hours.

How does ClassDojo work for families?

ClassDojo has launched student-led digital Portfolios which allow students to instantly share photos and videos of projects from class from any device. Once a teacher approves the post it is shared with the child’s family allowing them to see in an instant what they are learning in school and opening up those conversations for tea time!

ClassDojo parent profiles

For those families who speak English as an additional language, ClassDojo instantly translates all captions into more than 35 languages to help close the communication gap.

As you can see, the potential for ClassDojo to impact your child’s education is huge. If your child’s school is already using ClassDojo, I’d love to know what you think of it? If they’ve not come across it yet, why not mention it to them!

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7 Comments

  1. March 11, 2019 / 10:44 am

    My sons school uses ClassDojo already and it has been great for communication. We get snippets of school life sent through each day and it’s been great for building conversation at the end of the school day. We get to see performances in assemblies, craft sessions in school and other useful updates. It’s a great app to use!

    • Colette
      Author
      March 11, 2019 / 10:56 am

      I love the way it makes it so much easier for parents and staff to communicate – especially those who work full time and can’t always catch teachers at the end of the school day etc.

  2. March 11, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    I love this idea, my girls are not school aged yet but hopefully the school they go to will have it.

  3. March 11, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    This sounds great! We have something similar that’s called Seesaw and its brilliant being able to see what the kids are up to and get updates on their work etc.

    • Colette
      Author
      March 11, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      Yes Amy’s school use Seesaw but only for EYFS. I do wish they’d roll it out through school or use something like ClassDojo as it’s invaluable!

  4. March 12, 2019 / 9:36 am

    This looks amazing. Our school aren’t very tech savvy but Athena came out of school for the first time yesterday saying she’d got Dojo points… First I’ve heard of it. I have everything crossed that we get some comms soon and confirmation that they are actually using this! x

    • Colette
      Author
      March 12, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Lots of schools seem to use it purely for points in class – but it would be great to see them using it to full capacity.

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