The education technology sector has been surging in 2017 after a down year in 2016. According to one source, Pitchbook, this sector of the economy earned $1.4 billion in 2017. The most this sector ever earned was in 2015 when it brought in $1.5 billion. Some look at education technology cautiously, though, as it’s likely that the federal government will cut what it spends on education in the 2018 budget.
Some companies that offer something special are expected to still do well, though. This includes Nearpod which is an adaptive learning company. Another one is Classcraft which makes going to school a role-playing game like Dungeons & Dragons. The companies in this sector that will survive and thrive are those that make getting an education a fun experience. One company that is nailing this idea is ClassDojo.
ClassDojo doesn’t just make getting an education fun but it also solves a problem that educators have, something that is vital in any enterprise. It is used to create a community that includes the daily interactions of teachers, parents, and students. They can easily communicate with one another through the app which is much better than the old-fashioned way of a couple of parent-teacher conferences a year.
Through the ClassDojo app teachers can keep parents informed about what is going on in the classroom and their child in particular. In return parents can ask questions of the teacher. The student benefits because the app is used to create a positive environment where their parents and teacher are working together to make sure the student receives a high-quality education.
ClassDojo is now used in 2 in 3 schools across America. It is also used internationally since it has been translated into many languages. The company itself is based in San Francisco and it was started by two entrepreneurs in the technology industry who wanted to find a way to make creating a community in schools easier. They brought in a number of people in the education industry so that together they could figure out how to best educate children.