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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