The educational app company ClassDojo recently partnered with Ad Astra in order to create a group of critical thinking puzzles. These are called “Conundrums” and they offer students a variety of open-ended critical thinking or ethical problems to solve. Conundrums was developed through a partnership with the private Los Angeles school Ad Astra which is owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk.
When a student is trying to solve one of the Conundrums they are encouraged to talk about it with the other students in their classroom. Once they have reasoned out the solution they choose their answer in the app. The Conundrums that are in the ClassDojo app are a bit more complicated and nuanced than what elementary and middle school students have addressed in regular curricula.
ClassDojo is a mobile app which helps teachers create a positive classroom community. The app enables teachers, students, and parents a way to easily text one another or share pictures and/or videos of what is going on in the classroom. 90 percent of the K-8 schools in the United States are using ClassDojo in at least one classroom. It has also been translated into several languages so that teachers around the world can use this app in their classrooms.
This app makes teachers lives easier in a number of ways. The ClassDojo app has a Toolkit section filled with the tools they need to manage a classroom. This includes appropriate music, directions, a timer, the weather, a noise meter, and Think Pair Share. It also has a random number generator for when that need comes up in a classroom. It even includes Dojocast which allows the teacher to cast these tools to their computer or smartboard.
ClassDojo had its Series B funding round in 2016. During this round, it raised $21 million from venture capitalists. The money is being used to increase the number of people on the ClassDojo team and to expand the capabilities of their app. They have been expanding the app to make it even more useful at home for students and parents to use.
Find out more about CLassDOjo: https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/classdojo