Anxiety is one of the many epidemics rising in today’s world as life gets busier and worse, it is even affecting children. To solve this issue, a new class from the app “ClassDojo” called “Mindfulness Moment” was released on the 10th of May 2019.
“Mindfulness Moment” is a practice of 10 to 15 minutes of breathing exercises and focusing on silence and clarity. As shown in an article from hitechchronicle.com, only 5.4 percent of children in America were diagnosed with anxiety by 2003. The number, however, went up to 8.4 by 2011 and has not slowed down. By today the number has gone higher than 10 percent in children under 18 treated for anxiety.
However, the results of the “Mindful Moment” have proved to be promising. From an article on prnewswire.com, there was a screening of 3000 parents and 2,500 teachers. 92 percent of teachers say their students have experienced anxiety, and with two-thirds of parents and teachers practicing with their kids, 96 percent found the lessons beneficial. 63 percent handled their emotions, 42 percent were calmer36 percent were happier, 31 percent had greater focus, and 28 percent with increased empathy.
With the combined efforts of ClassDojo, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, these results show a brighter future for everyone with a “Mindful Moment.”
In a society obsessed with electronics and cell phones would it be beneficial to use an app for education? Classdojo is an app that focuses on better education for children. The app allows teachers to share updates of what is happening in their classes. They are able to chart what each kid is doing and their behavior whether its positive or negative. They can take videos and message parents whenever they need to. This service is provided in over 180 countries. After positive results in surveys, the company decided to take a new adventure and start what’s called a “mindfulness lesson.”
Starting on May the 10th, all teachers were required to start their class with a mindfulness lesson, which a guided meditation. The mindfulness lesson lasts about 15 minutes and teaching children the power of being still. In his own words, “The vision of the company is, in the end, to give every child on earth an education they love,” says cofounder and CEO Sam Chaudhary. Their lessons include; ClassDojo’s lesson titles are largely self-explanatory. There’s Mindful Moment, Mindful Breathing, Focused Feet, Mindful Listening, Body Scan, and Mindful Countdown. It’s been very beneficial to students, parents, and teacher.
One of the hardest challenges facing school is keeping teachers connected with their students as well as their parents. Now, one innovative company is creating an easy way for teachers to keep the parents on top of their child’s progress. This company, Classdojo, is leading the way in educational technology.
Founded by Sam Chaudhary, Classdojo is leading a revolution in the classroom. Facing the communication gap between teachers and parents, Classdojo is easy to use app that helps teachers and parents communicate with each other outside of the occasional parent-teacher meetings. Today, apps like Classdojo are so popular that they are used in 90% of kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms around the country.
Known as EdTech products, apps like Classdojo are revolutionizing the teaching process around the country. While there are many other types of EdTech apps on the market, Classdojo is unique because of its rigorous development phase. Before the launch of the product, the developers at Classdojo worked with parents, teachers, and students to create a communication app that was easy for all parties to understand and use.
The result is an app that parents can easily stay on top of their children’s education. as well as help teachers quickly update parents on their student’s progress. Additionally, students can receive the immediate help they need if they are facing any extraordinary challenges in a given class.
Some of the resources included in the Classdojo app include the ability to offer directions for students in the class, a “group maker” that randomly arrange students for breakout sessions, an intra-student message program, and a morning announcement display. The app is free for teachers to use and comes with easy-to-follow directions for students, parents, and educators.
The education of a child is one of the most critical missions for any community. The developers of Classdojo are working hard to create technology to make it easy for teachers to help their students thrive as well as keep the student’s parents aware of classroom activities. As Classdojo continues to innovate their product, thousands of classrooms across the United States will stay connected like never before.
Education has been struggling ever since Dewey and those of similar ideology infiltrated the United States educational system. The substitution of the curriculum filled with a collective education for the previous individual exceptionalism, guided by Divine Providence has done nothing to improve the state of the young and their need for learning and advancement.
Many thought that making the entire nation fit into the same shoe size would work as was propounded by Dewey and others of the Fabian Socialist mind set. Getting the kids all together, with no emphasis on individual pace or capacity, in a ‘Common Core,’ setting is the latest attempt to fix things in the minds of the youthfully educated. Perhaps ClassDojo will come to the rescue as teachers now have eliminated the ‘homework’ assignment and sent the kids home with an invitation to their parents to join in the effort to solve this ever increasingly devastating problem of poorly educated youth in comparison to, for example, ‘The Greatest Generation,’ who not only created the biggest economic boom after winning World War II but also are credited with having all the babies of the baby boom generation.
Class Dojo allows children and parents to interact throughout out the day on their smart devices so that parents can “learn too.” What will they be learning when classes are given that do not involve homework? How will a student perfect the lessons learned each day in Algebra or Physics without doing problem sets after school? Will they simply leave out those more challenging, homework driven courses as they have done in history by leaving out important topics such as the American Revolution? Will they leave out the historical facts that surrounded saving millions of lives in Japan by dropping the Atoms bomb instead of engaging in more fire bombing that was devastating many cities and killing millions more people of all cultures including American?
The ability ‘to connect‘ is becoming the most important pastime these days in all aspects of life, including the class room, as has been the influence of social media, which can now be credited with starting and organizing the Arab Spring or where ISIS recruits its young new members right from the United States. Hopefully, parents becoming a minute by minute participant in the child’s education will replace some of these negative events from bearing fruit on social media where so many have been ‘connecting’ for dire consequences.