Student Stories: a place where papers are never lost, presentations are never missed, and projects are always seen-this is the newest addition to the Class Dojo family. Class Dojo has been in existence for several years creating a community through its School Stories and Classroom Stories features. This year the communication platform is launching Student Stories which offers parents a more personalized view. Previously, parents were able to learn general information about classroom work through the app, but now they can access specific information, pictures, and thoughts that their child posts.
Through Student Stories, the student can take a picture of a report, poster, project or any other assignment and upload it to his or her own story. The student can then add comments to the picture explaining their own thoughts about it. At the end of the school day the teacher can then review and approve all content before it is added to the story. All this can be done by the student by simply scanning a QR code into a shared or individual classroom device, which eliminates the need for tricky passwords and usernames. Parents will then be able to access both the whole Class Story and the individual Student Story. This kind of parent,teacher, and student connection empowers students to want to achieve and do more at school. In the article, “Class Dojo Announces the Launch of Student Stories: A New Way for Students to share Their Classwork” 2nd grader Galen said she likes Student Stories, “…because then my mom and dad see it and we can talk about it at home”. When parents are more connected it allows for more informed conversations at home about the content learned at school. It increases student pride and encourages ownership of their work. It is creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
Class Dojo is a 100% free communication platform that is available for download in both Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app allows for photo and video uploads, announcements, instant messages to parents, and can even translate into 35 different languages.
Founded in 2011 by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, Class Dojo has changed the way teachers connect with parents. These innovations have created a ground up change in the school community. The app is currently being used in two-thirds of U.S. schools and in more than 60 countries around the world.
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