There may not be any completely foolproof way to secure user privacy online, but there are steps that can be taken to safeguard data as much as possible. That’s what ClassDojo has done with each new version that’s come out. This app is basically a classroom communication app that’s taken a lot of ideas from the Facebook model but made them education-friendly and is still growing today. Its biggest accomplishment has been making sure user data is protected and not available to data mining companies. Many social media brands and Google have come under fire for selling user data to advertisers, but ClassDojo has been transparent about making sure it never happens with their app. And they’ve added additional security layers to make sure it’s less vulnerable to cyber attacks.
ClassDojo has amassed over $30 million in venture capital and it’s become very popular at public schools all over the US. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don got the idea for it back in 2010 when they visited the US on a grad student trip to get ideas for a new app they wanted to develop. They felt education was lacking real solutions in the technology age, so they asked teachers at a convention what they thought could be done to help them. The first solution was an app that could give out points to students every time they behaved well in class, did their homework and participated in discussions. But Chaudhary and Don realized this app could do a lot more than that.
Chaudhary and Don turned their ClassDojo app into a big success because they listened to user reviews and input on how it could become even better. They not only added more communication features but also teamed with an educational foundation from Stanford to put together student growth videos with educational characters. ClassDojo has allowed teachers to be in constant contact with parents that it’s become a replacement for parent-teacher meetings. The app is free to download and it’s stayed cost-effective for its development team because it spends no money on advertising costs. The app could be rolling out new optional premium content soon.