How ClassDojo Built One Of The Most Popular Classroom Apps By Listening To Teachers

Every morning before Cindy Price starts

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Every morning before Cindy Price starts teaching her first graders in New Castle, Delaware, she fires up ClassDojo , a classroom communication app. She checks parent messages, finds out whether any students will be out sick and reads school news. When a child shows a trait like "amazing thinking" or "great listening," she adds a point to the student's avatar--a personalized cartoonish monster--generating a bright ping! that makes classmates perk up. Points come off for disruptive behavior. Twice a day, Price shares class photos or videos with parents. And during free time, she plays ClassDojo's short personal-growth videos, which use monsters like ClassDojo's excitable green mascot, Mojo, to teach lessons on empathy and perseverance. "It's helping teachers be successful in the classroom," she says. Teachers like it because teachers have shaped it, in the form of 20,000 who provide constant feedback. That bottom-up approach, and kid-friendly gamification, has given it penetration into 90% of U.S. schools, according to the company. "Why don't we just go to the people doing the work?" says CEO and cofounder Sam Chaudhary. "It sounds obvious, but it wasn't being done."

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CreativeLive lands $ …

CreativeLive, which offers streamed classes

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CreativeLive, which offers streamed classes taught by experts from a variety of disciplines, has landed a new $25 million funding round. The latest round brings the company’s total funding to $58.8 million since it was founded in 2010. GSV Acceleration led the round, and it was joined by two other new investors: REV Venture Partners and actor, director and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto. Existing investors Greylock Partners, Social Capital, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and Creative Artists Agency also participated in the round.  

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May 5, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – RaiseMe, a

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May 5, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – RaiseMe, a college access platform that aims to expand college opportunities for students of all backgrounds, today announced a new cohort of highly selective colleges joining its movement to help students of all backgrounds prepare for college. This group, which includes University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Harvey Mudd College and Grinnell College, joins a growing community of institutions across the country that are awarding college scholarships to students through RaiseMe’s platform. Already, 700,000 students in 1 of every 2 high schools across the country have used RaiseMe to earn micro-scholarships for college. By signing onto RaiseMe, students at high schools across the country can earn incremental scholarship awards, called “micro-scholarships” for achievements that are preparing them best to succeed in college, like earning good grades and participating in extracurriculars.

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