Many Stanford University Researchers have partnered with ClassDojo to teach people about the highly misunderstood concept of “growth mindset,” which has put forward a new concept of intelligence. The partnership was announced Tuesday where Stanford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) and Class Dojo developed five-part series of animated videos that will be available for free to the teachers in the coming weeks. It is a great opportunity for Class Dojo to bring its “Big Ideas” series into the classrooms.
The concept of growth mindset was recently popularized by Stanford’s Carol Dweck and her colleagues who have presented the theory that the abilities and intelligence of students can be developed over time when the right way of encouragement is put in place. Dweck and her colleagues have concluded that actions such as praising children have the positive reaction of making them work harder. However, praising children for being smart generates adverse reaction where the children fear to take necessary risks that can make them smart enough.
The findings show that appreciating children is insufficient to ensure progress of children in schools. Teachers and instructors have to do the work of appreciating hard work and helping the students to generate the desired results. A ClassDojo co-founder is optimistic about the new project saying it grew out of classroom observations where the teachers used the time between the classes to play instructional YouTube videos. It was one way to bring teachers tried to bring growth mindset into the classrooms.
The significance of the recent ClassDojo’s communication app has been recognized by many including funders interested in promoting educational programs. ClassDojo has even raised $21 million venture funding in a Series B round which aims to connect technology, students, and parents. The aim of ClassDojo’s communication app is to help communicate more consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development.
The team is now trying to figure out the features and content that may be useful for parents both at school and home. The idea of the app is that parents can help to support or enhance learning and development of their kids at school. When ClassDojo was founded in 2011, other startups have been launched to create digital curriculum, testing platforms, and grading books, but no company thought of a free and easy app that could create a culture and community among students, teachers, and parents.
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