ClassDojo Receives $21 Million In A Funding Drive

ClassDojo’s Series B round of venture has raised $21 million for the app. The funding will see the company continue its operation smoothly as it does final touches on the app and look for ways to monetize it. The app is free to download.

ClassDojo is a communication platform aimed at providing teachers and parents with a quick and efficient channel to communicate. The platform ensures that parents are always aware of their children’s development at school. It also informs the parent about his or her child’s academic progress and participation in class activities. This app eliminates the blind spot that has always existed in a child education.

Speaking on the successful Series B round of venture, the company’s co-founders, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, said the raised funds would serve as capital to grow the team behind the high-tech application. The team will have new members to increase its brainpower. The team is now embarking on determining additional contents and features that should be added to the application. The new functions and contents to be developed should improve the lives of the parents. They should also enhance learning of the child and his social and behavioral development. This information was originally published on Techcrunch.com as provided in the link below:

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/

Currently, teachers are using the ClassDojo app to inform parents of the various class activities and their schedules. The teachers also take photos and videos of the events using the application to allow parents to view them and keep track of their kids’ latest work and class participation, thus spearheading a ground-up change. The app has a private messaging feature, which allows teachers and parents to communicate privately.

When ClassDojo was founded in 2011, there was a huge temptation for the founders to follow the popular route of developing digital curriculum, tests, and grade books. However, the founders focused on coming up with a communication platform that would connect and empower teachers, parents, and students. This approach has seen the app create a positive culture in classrooms and schools.

The application’s innovative features and provision of free services have seen it being adopted in 2 in 3 schools in the United States. Its use cuts across public, charter, and private schools. According to recent data, there are over 85,000 schools using the application communication platform in the United States alone.

In future, the app may have a transactional feature to make it easier for parents to pay for supplies, lunches, and field trips. This safe payment method will eliminate the need for sending children with cash or checks to the school.

Your Chip Flavor Tells a Lot about You

Chips are a great snack food. Did you know that people can find out a lot of things about your personality based off of your favorite flavor? An online news site by the name of PRN was the first to feature this story. PRN reported about Skout users taking a survey to figure out the type of chips that they liked to eat. This poll was conducted by Skout for National Potato Chip Day which took place on March 14, 2016.

Skout took this survey so they could figure out a person’s personality based off of their favorite chip flavor. People who liked to eat regular potato chips tended not to work out or spend a lot of time worrying about their health. Chip lovers who ate sour cream chips tended to be more intellectual and laid back.

Cheddar cheese lovers usually do not get too stressed out over life. People who love the spicy variety of chips are normally adventurous and high strung. Lime chip lovers are all about friends and people. Give a bag of lime chips to people and you will discover that most lime chip lovers tend to have a lot of friends. No salt chip consumers tend to worry about their health. They are also prone to work out more.

People who eat barbecue chips like to have fun but they are also serious about life when there is a need to be. This chip flavor survey by Skout also pointed out how people interacted with political candidates according to the flavor of chips that they liked. Believe it or not most of Donald Trump’s supporters enjoy barbecue chips. Democratic people who eat regular potato chips would like to share a bag with Hillary Clinton.

Skout took this survey for National Potato Chip Day so they could gauge people and how they act. Skout is a social media company that brings people together. They have been around since 2007 and they are steadily growing in popularity everyday. This online social company also wanted this survey information for insight into people and how they function. Eating potato chips is an American pastime and this research can be used by chip companies to market better products to their customer base. You can check out this article on PRN to discover more about the results of this survey.

Learn more:

http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/meet-new-friends-with-skout/537910

https://www.yahoo.com/news/skout-review-190606654.html?ref=gs

 

Securus Technologies Expands Distribution Of Intelligent Devices

Dallas, Texas-based Securus Technologies released a statement it’s distributing 85,000 telecommunication devices to enhance incarcerated individual’s rehabilitation. The devices foster improved communication with visitors, allows prisoners to access education programs, view the law library and take part in religious functions. The so-called “intelligent devices” are tablets, video visitation kiosks, and a proprietary “S-Phone” created by Securus Technologies, a leading supplier of justice technology applications. 

Securus Technologies commitment to inmate rehabilitation is supported by CEO Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith, position, “We want to help rehabilitate inmates, to reduce recidivism, to improve the safety in the prison and jails for officers and inmates, to help inmates find jobs, and to make society safer and what we offer with our intelligent devices accomplishes all of these objectives.” The tablets and other devices allow the inmate to feel more connected, beyond their cell walls. They have a voice to be heard and more opportunity is available to them. The interaction between an inmate and their intelligent device has fostered a safer environment between prisoners. Get the mobile app on Google Play or find it on the App Store and contact Securus if you have difficulties connecting the technology and the software.


Access to education and employment opportunities via the inmate communication devices prepares the inmate for a seamless transition into society when they are released. Incarceration is a form of punishment. The intelligent devices are an integral component of an inmate’s rehabilitation.

Smith, expects more than 150,00 intelligent devices for inmate phone calls activated by 2017. Not only benefiting the incarcerated, the program helps family members, friends, corrections officers and law enforcement agencies. “We have made a $600 million investment in our products and services in the last three (3) years and our customers are getting the full benefit of that investment,” Smith remarked.

Serving 3500 law enforcement agencies and correctional institutions, Securus Technologies is focused on communications. Its technology enhances first responders arrival time, consolidates recurring incident management, fortifies public communication, assists investigations, organizes data management and distribution and builds inmate self-reliance.

Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters® and is a Better Business Bureau accredited company. More information regarding Securus Technologies array of justice technology solution can be found on their website.