ClassDojo Has a Positive Impact on Classroom Culture

There are many tech platforms out there working to change education, offering a place to share assignments, but what they often don’t address is the issue that’s most critical: communication.

ClassDojo was found in 2011 to address this critical need. It’s a place where teachers can share updates with parents about student progress. Kids also have an opportunity to build their own digital portfolios. They can post videos, add pictures, create journal entries, and make drawings.

The communication gets great reviews from parents and teachers alike for how it has completely revolutionized their schools. Too often, parents only get a glimpse of their students’ progress once a semester, in parent-teacher meetings, or when their student shares the occasional detail at the end of the day over dinner. ClassDojo makes a positive impact on classroom culture because it provides a communication platform for parents to stay engaged in their students’ lives. It also revolutionizes the teaching experience; for teachers, ClassDojo has made it easier than ever before to create a community with their fellow educators and school administrators. Teacher feedback continues to make the app better and better. It has been developed directly with educators and their needs in mind.

The communication platform also offers educators custom avatars, downloadable classroom decorations, and posters. ClassDojo connects teachers and parents, and empowers students to lead the learning process. It is so popular that approximately 2 in 3 K-8 schools in the US use it to streamline classroom communication.

ClassDojo has been recognized with multiple awards for its positive impact on classroom culture. In 2016, it was recognized by Fast Company in the Innovation by Design Awards and as one of the 35 Most Innovative Apps of the Year; and in 2017, Inc. Magazine recognized ClassDojo as one of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies.

On pinterest, ClassDojo shares updates on how the communication platform is getting better and better, with the ability to schedule messages, share “class story” cards with parents, and more.

David Giertz on social security

The whole point of working so hard when you are still young is so that in your old age you do not end up being dependent on others. There is nothing as bad as being a beggar who was once rich. Even if the begging is limited to family members. For this reason, many people have invested a lot in financial advisors. They ask them where to invest and when, they ask which insurance to take and which retirement policies to consider.

However, it’s interesting to note that most advisors often avoid talking to their clients about one thing; social security. According a survey done by nationwide financial retirement institute on financial consumers who are retired and who are ten years to retirement, a majority of people say that their financial advisors did not talk to them about social security.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dave Giertz, President of Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution organization explained that social security is important because it makes up 40% of an individual’s retirement income. If this is the case, then why do financial advisors shy away from talking to their clients about it?

David Giertz says that part of the reason most advisors shun this topic is that they are not confident with all the rules that govern social security. There are 2700 rules on social security alone. Since most advisors are not confident they know or understand all the rules, they simply avoid the subject. Therefore, in as much as those who were involved in the survey said that they would rather change an advisor if they do not talk about social security, it is important to have one who is knowledgeable in the subject.

Dave Giertz is a seasoned financial advisor now working as the CEO of one of the leading financial corporations in the country; Nationwide Financial’s sales and distribution organization. He has gathered experience over the years which have seen him grow in his career and named one of the best financial advisors in the country. His article published in CNBC on the mistakes that will see you get a small security check shed light on many grey areas financial consumers had no idea existed.