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ClassDojo’s Plan For Premium Features And Bringing An End To Parent-Teacher Meetings

ClassDojo is quickly becoming a name associated with elementary school and something that teachers, students and even now parents are becoming familiar with. It’s an app that is changing classroom environments for the better and encouraging young children to study hard and be active in class activities. It was originally an app that was used to reward students when they behaved and listened well in class, but now it’s become a highly interactive platform that’s serving a purpose like Facebook in the classroom. ClassDojo is free to download and is compatible with just about any tablet or mobile device.

The men behind this app are Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, two graduate students that had long been looking for an app that would benefit a market that was being neglected. They thought of education and realized that not a lot of effort was being put into making classrooms better at encouraging good student behavior, or staying up to date with technological advances. So they went to a teacher’s conference in San Francisco where they started bouncing ideas off of different educators to find out what they thought should go into a good classroom app, and they came up with ClassDojo.

As the app evolved from simply giving points out for good behavior, it started using a Student Stories profile where teachers could post photos of class activities and put them on Student Stories for parents to see. Or they could even send a picture message directly to the parents during the day. ClassDojo also teamed up with a research team at Stanford University to produce learning videos where little monster characters would have to tackle a difficult subject in school, and would learn to think differently and collaborate as a team. With these learning features and constant communication available, the app has not only made teachers jobs easier but schools have been able to start eliminating parent-teacher meetings from their once-a-semester schedule.

ClassDojo has done all of this without even spending money on advertising costs. The app has received several venture capital rounds of funding, including over $21 million in just this last year alone, bringing its total venture capital to about $30 million. Investors have no immediate demand for a return of income on the app, and Chaudhary and Don plan to always keep its download and basic use free. They are however planning to add extra content that teachers and users can opt to pay for if they’re interested. Such content might include various e-textbooks or more videos of monster characters.

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Handy Teaming up with Local Choir

Recently, the relatively new business Handy, will be teaming up with the Choir of Saint Peter’s College, Oxford. The DIY mobile app is allowing customers to spread a bit of holiday cheer by sending the choir to requested locations to sing their hearts out for the holiday season. Their availability is by donation of £20 and is limited for obvious reasons. The money you pay is equal to 2 hours of regular Handy services. You can even track them on twitter for their location. You can track them with #carolsondemand to see how close they may be.

If you are unaware of Handy and what they do, they are a DIY cleaning and repair service that offers many other services as well. From deep cleaning your home to fixing your plumbing or helping you move. The list goes on and on and keeps getting bigger. You can order their services from your computer or right from your smartphone app. It is indeed a handy way to save time and effort of your own. Especially if you are not the type to have a lot of spare time. Think about the last time you had to assemble furniture. If you’re like most of us, it was less than fun.

Well, Handy is more than happy to have a pro come out and piece it all together for you. Or, say you have to touch up a room or two in the house with a new coat of paint. But, the paint buckets just never seem to get opened. Guess what? Their services also include interior painting. They can even have a professional electrician come to you for issues with fixtures and other situations. All of their pros are verified service men and women in their fields and the service comes with a 100% money back guarantee, should you not be satisfied for any reason.

From home cleaning and repairs to Christmas caroling to the masses, there seems to be nothing that Handy won’t try to make instantly available. So next time you need something done and can’t find the time, give this company a look.

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