Common Sense Review
Updated October 2014

ClassDojo Messenger

Connect with kids and parents using quick, easy text or image updates
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Teachers can send quick messages to kids and parents.
  • Set up classes to send messages to many families at once.
  • Teachers can send text or images.
  • Messages appear in simple text-message format.
  • Lengthy FAQ section gives helpful user guidance.
Simple interface lets teachers easily send solo updates or group messages.
Might not be any more convenient than text or email for parents and students not used to the ClassDojo system.
Bottom Line
Enables speedy, convenient communication with students and parents.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Breezy interface and easy setup create a low-stress way to keep in touch.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

The app won't teach anything on its own, but teachers could use it to motivate kids and build strong family partnerships.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A detailed in-app FAQ page and a warm, welcoming developer site set a supportive, friendly tone.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Use back-to-school night to get parents set up and to provide an outline of how you'll use this app during the year. Take pictures of kids making presentations, showing their work, or otherwise participating in class, then send a quick image to parents with an update. Make announcements to all students and parents about upcoming assessments or class events. Send out important info or documents (like a field trip permission slip) to entire classes of students and their parents. 

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What's It Like?

ClassDojo Messenger lets teachers communicate instantly with students and their parents. Teachers set up classes, add their students' names, and then add the email addresses for students' parents. Parents receive an email invite to create a free account on the ClassDojo website that will allow them to connect with the teacher. After this one-time setup process, teachers, students, and parents can easily log into their accounts to send and receive messages. Teachers can choose to send class-wide message blasts with text or images to parents and/or students, or they can send messages to individual students or parents.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Used strategically, this could be a great tool for warm, speedy communication with students and parents, but the same pitfalls that plague email and text messages apply here, so teachers should be mindful of their language and tone as they dash off quick updates to students and parents. Setting expectations early and often will be critical for any teacher who uses this app to communicate.

ClassDojo Messenger might be especially effective for classes already using the ClassDojo learning management system. Getting parents and kids set up on the system for the first time can be a little tedious, and messages are only accessible via a ClassDojo login. If kids and parents aren't already used to logging into that system, this may not be any more convenient or reliable than email communication: Kids who tend not to check their email or texts might also miss messages from this messaging source.

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