There is a New Growth Mindset Kid in The Block

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July 17, 2016

Don’t confuse Mojo and Katie with Pixar’s “Inside Out” characters. The two are stars in an animated cast by ClassDojo made with an aim to assist parents, teachers, and students learn more about the “growth mindset”. ClassDojo, a startup based in San Francisco is set to release five animated clips starting with the one featuring Mojo and Katie and the other four accompanied with a parents and teachers guide, to be released a week apart on ClassDojo website “Big Ideas” and on YouTube.

 

The clips emphasize the idea that intelligence and abilities can be developed with time even if one is born without them. ClassDojo has teamed up with Stanford University’s PERTS; which is a group studying motivation and resilience in students in creating these videos. According to the group’s executive director, Dave Paunesku PERTS is very excited to work with ClassDojo due to the high number of teachers working with ClassDojo hence it will be easier to reach more students who are the group’s main target.

 

Chief Product Officer of ClassDojo Liam Don also seconds the belief that his firm has the right channel for spreading the good ideas in education that have not been receiving the attention they deserve given 1 in 2 of U.S. classrooms are their users. Another person who has been vocal on the “growth mindset” is Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Carol has widely spoken and written on the issue and has even given ideas how adults can be able to impart this knowledge to children.

 

Paunesku says that PERTS has been focusing their outreach efforts on teacher and parents and have not done animated clips before. But they have now started focusing on children intervention and have started by partnering with City Year and Khan Academy. The group’s main goals is to change the assumption around building and growth mindset where people believe that it is only about hard work and efforts and forget that there are ways of strategizing the efforts .

 

PERTS also has an online toolkit with lesson plans and exercises guiding parents and teachers on how they can introduce the growth mindset activities to children and students. Some of these strategies will also be available in the animated videos by ClassDojo. Paunesku and his colleagues will also be visiting teachers before and after they watch the videos and answer their questions. They will also collect data on teacher practices and how they influence the mindset and engagement of students.
Don says that ClassDojo is so proud to have availed this service to students and their teachers for free. This is also the first time the company is using its platform as a channel to distribute its contents.

 

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Skout Joins Forces With Food Banks

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March 21, 2016

Skout is a company that has done a number of kind acts for their community, including both online and offline communities. The company helps people connect with each other through the use of a mobile application that users can download on their smartphones for free. Users just recently had a chance to use Skout to make a difference on their own. Skout was recently working with the San Fransisco Marin Food Bank, and they were allowing users to take part in the good deed by purchasing gifts for other users.

Gifting Through Skout Changes Lives

Skout developers launched a new gift for the special occasion. The gift they launched was in conjunction with celebrating National Potato Chip Day. Actually, the gift was a bag of potato chips, so users could make a friend feel good about their day with a digital gift while helping to support a noble cause. People love giving gifts on Skout. The founder and CEO released a statement about the celebration that was published on PR Newswire. He said, “Virtual gifting within our app is very popular.”

Learn About Skout

Have you ever heard of Skout? If you have, then you know that it is one of the easiest ways to meet new people in your area or across the world. The application actually works to connect people in 180 different countries across the world. No other application has that type of reach while providing such great services and new features for users to appreciate. If you still haven’t downloaded Skout yet, then you should give them a test because they are free and easy to use.

The mobile application allows users to send messages to each other, so it is great for just the messaging service, but Skout has much more to offer its users. People are finding the new travel feature to be enjoyable. Passport allows users to connect with new people around the globe without ever leaving their home. It works great for those times when you will be going to a new country because it’s so nice to have friends to do things with when you are visiting places.

Read about PR Newswire’s original article on Skout’s work with local food banks here.