Category Archives: Apps

ClassDojo Transforms Education by Building a Healthy Classroom Community

ClassDojo started in 2011 with the aim of improving education and providing a communication platform for parents, teachers, and students. The app uses photos, videos, and messages to share what is happening throughout the day at school. Two in three public and private schools in the United States actively use the application right from the kindergarten to the 8th grade leading to an amazing classroom community. ClassDojo is available in 180 countries and 40 different languages covering millions of people every day.

 

ClassDojo successfully raised a $21 million fund in 2015 with the aim of facilitating communication between the teachers and the parents. Their goal was to ensure that the parents are aware of the students’ social development and behavior. To achieve this, ClassDojo has added more professionals to their team and focus on adding more content and features to the app with the parent’s interests in mind. ClassDojo executives also assure its users of total protection of their data from monetization. Their long-term goal is to include transactional features on their app that enables parents to pay for activities like field trips and lunches for the students through their phones rather than using the checks or cash.

 

ClassDojo teamed up with Stanford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) center in the production of animated videos on growth mindset. Research has shown that children are bound to change how they perceive themselves when they learn that their abilities can develop and embrace learning as a challenge they are ready to face. Therefore, ClassDojo in collaboration with PERTS introduced the videos after the realization that the teachers were struggling to include growth mindset into their teaching practice. A guide for the teachers to facilitate classroom discussions accompanies the videos too. The videos include; A secret about the brain, Magic of mistakes, The power of “yet,” The mysterious world of neurons, and Little by little.

 

Class Dojo’s objective is to guide the parents-student conversations at home and involve the parents in their child’s activities at school. The teacher informs the parents on the day-to-day operations that the students engages in and also take pictures of the activities or the work that is happening at that time. Students create their portfolios where they share content and feedback in class, and this creates a positive classroom culture. The app has helped in motivating students in decision making, upholding good moral values, and providing an opportunity to voice out their opinions. Through this, ClassDojo has succeeded in creating a healthy classroom community.

 

Find out more about ClassDojo:

https://classdojo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200185275-For-teachers

Skout – An All-in-One Application to Meet and Make New Friends

Overview of Skout

Skout is one of the most popular iOS applications available for free from the App Store. The objective of the application is to allow users to make new friends and meet people from different parts of the world. Overall, Skout is an App that can help people start instant communication and get to know each other, instantly.

Skout Features

The simple user-interface is one of the easiest to follow as new users can log in using either Facebook or personal email. Once logged in, the application allows users to select their preference regarding the type of individuals they want to contact. For instance, it is possible for users to select only women, which prompts the application to show profiles of ladies, only. Similarly, Skout enables users to select various profile preference to provide a highly customized experience.

The main screen of Skout is populated with hundreds of real user profiles who are online. As such, anyone can use a variety of communication channels to initiate interest or even start an instant chat. Regarding different mode of communications, users can wink at the other user to show interest. Likewise, it is also possible to start an instant chart or send a virtual gift. Since there are large number of users, favorite profiles can be saved to start communication at a later date. http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/meet-new-friends-with-skout/537910

Advanced Features

For users who want to advertise their profile in order to gain more attention, Skout allows such individuals to buy in-app points that are used to purchase featured spots on the main page. There is even a “Look at Me” feature, where users bid to get top spot. Perhaps, the most significant feature of the App is “Shake to Chat” where users can start an instant conversation with an anonymous user. Following the chat, user profiles of both chatters is revealed after 40 seconds. In fact, Skout allows users to get instant fame by utilizing paid features.  https://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/skout-nixter/

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Securus Experiences 65,000 Downloads of New Video App

Securus Technologies, known for the tech solutions it provides to correctional markets, recently experienced unprecedented downloads of its video conferencing application for mobile platforms. Through Android marketplaces, Video Visit, Securus’ mobile app, was downloaded on Google Play more than 60,000 times in the past six months. Through Apple’s App Store, which launched in early February, had more than 5,000 downloads.

In a statement made by Russel Roberts, Securus Technologies’ Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, the Video Visitation app is there to not only to connect inmates with family through a convenient platform, but also to provide a service thatfile correctional facilities find invaluable. Prior to the technological ability that made video chatting a possibility between inmates and the people in their lives, families of inmates would have to meet the strict time constraints of correctional facilities that require the factoring of money and travel into their lives, making the traditional visitation process burdensome. With video visitation inmates can make calls to family in a manner that maximizes convenience to everyone involved.

Video Visit makes it so mobile devices can connect users to their family serving sentences in jails and prisons across North America. Through iOS devices like the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and mobile phones and tablets running on Android operating systems, family can communicate with their loved ones regardless of where they are, helping to maintain family cohesion until an inmate is released back into the general population in a way that surpasses the limitation of traditional inmate phone calls.

This remote visitation allows users to not only establish video communication, but coordinate with other features of their mobile devices, allowing for sync with calendars, establish notifications to coincide with video calls, and establish communications through Wi-Fi or online connections through their mobile carrier to optimize video quality. All of this is achievable without the need of a conventional desktop computer or any connecting accessories.

Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas, where it provides services and products to thousands of correctional facilities across North America, impacting the lives of more than a million inmates who take advantage of their at-home visitation technologies in order to communicate with loved ones. Learn more by visiting their BBB profile.

Through Securus, correctional facilities can also communicate with emergency services to collect and distribute public information and manage incidents. They even assist in the processing of investigation through biometric technologies, helping law enforcement police prison populations while keeping surrounding communities safer.

Securus often get confused for Securus America, or the popular product SECURUS. Neither of these have any affiliation with Securus Technologies.