Are you a fan of App’s to monitor your child/ren? Have you read our article about Class Dojo from December of 2016? Here is a link: https://swweducation.org?p=3421
Well it’s time to revisit Class Dojo. We came across an article at EdSurge by Ted Wan: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-15-classdojo-goes-beyond-school-to-launch-first-monetization-feature-for-parents that shares information on how Class Dojo is going to start making money. Apparently they vowed never to charge educators or schools. No information as to whether they have sold data to companies. Here’s a snapshot of highlights from the article:
Dubbed “ClassDojo Beyond School,” the app will include features that aim to help parents connect with their children through reflection activities, meditation and mindfulness exercises, along with a feedback tool that uses digital points to reward positive habits and behaviors at home. It rolls out in February 2019. The current fee? $7.99 per month (but that is subject to change).
One of the most commonly used tools currently is the behavior incentivization system that lets teachers give or subtract digital points based on a student’s behavior. This functionality will be available in Beyond School, and parents will have the ability to set their own criteria in awarding points. The digital point system also happens to be one of ClassDojos’ more contentious features. Critics charge it can be misused as a behaviorist conditioning means to shape a child’s behavior.
The app will also include short videos that guide parents through doing mindfulness and meditation exercises with their children. There is also a self-reflection tool where children can record video responses to pre-set question prompts like “What’s the best thing about your family?” Through these shared activities, ClassDojo’s Chaudhary hopes to “spur meaningful interactions and conversations among families, on things they may not otherwise normally talk about.”
Children also get their own ClassDojo avatar that they can decorate and customize. “There’s a lot of self-expression and identity that kids project into these avatars,” Chaudhary adds. “It matters a lot to them that these avatars represent the children themselves.”
We’ve tried several times to get Class Dojo to answer questions…but they never do. Whether these types of Apps are a positive or negative is in the eye of the beholder. They claim that at least 1 teacher uses Class Dojo in 95% of schools throughout the United States. Please take the time to research and read the articles. Share your thoughts with your local school board and district superintendent.