Carol Dweck, Stanford psychology professor, discovered through years of research that teaching about growth mindset results in increased motivation and productivity. A fixed mindset is when people believe their intelligence is a fixed trait. As a result, they do not spent time and effort working to improve their intelligence. Instead, they tend to simply wait for rewards to come. When people believe their abilities can be increased by working hard and believing in themselves, they develop resilience through hard work, and end up with great accomplishments. Dweck calls this having a growth mindset.
The idea for the ClassDojo videos grew out of teacher feedback about difficulty in explaining the growth mindset to their students. The friendly monsters in the ClassDojo universe explain this to students in ways they can understand, leading to student empowerment and connections between teachers, students, and parents.
Ed-tech company ClassDojo has produced a series of animated videos with Stanford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) that features the ClassDojo monsters already known to many students. ClassDojo and PERTS plan to survey teachers and students before and after using the videos to determine how well the videos work. ClassDojo already has a prominent position in many schools. KQED, Inc. reports that, “ClassDojo is now being used by teachers in half of all U.S schools, as well as by teachers in 180 other countries.” To see the first five videos and read more about the project, see:
ClassDojo is focusing its position in the classroom to become a “closed circuit communication tool – basically a window into the classroom for parents,” with teachers’ approval. ClassDojo has recently raised $21 million to develop an app that will allow teachers to communicate frequently about student activities and development at school. The app can be used throughout the day to send photos and videos to parents to show off their child’s latest school activities, and can be used at home to improve parent-child communication about school. Parents could sign field trip forms and pay fees through the app. ClassDojo’s founders see this as a ground-up change and believe the focus on communication between the classroom and home will improve parent, teacher, and student collaboration. They see this communication platform becoming a social network or messaging platform similar to Facebook and Snapchat, to be used in creating a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
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