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ClassDojo in the improvement of education

A school is a place where teaching and learning process takes place. The teacher teaches and thereafter assesses the students to know whether they have grasped what they have been taught. The results of the test are thereafter recorded for the purposes of communicating the students’ progress to their parents or guardians. However, some of the students tend to be mischievous and cook up their results before they reach their parents. The parents end up obtaining false results which are misleading. In addition to that, the teachers may want to communicate with parents about matters arising pertaining to their children and may be unable due to problems in communication.

Fortunately, technology has helped in the innovation of an app known as ClassDojo. ClassDojo is an app that was formed by Sam Choundry and Liam Dion in 2011 for the purpose of facilitating communication in the classroom. The app has been useful in the teaching and learning process whereby it has helped in teachers and parents to share reports about the students’ performance and about everything that is going on in the classroom. The app has been translated to about 35 languages and this has enabled it to help many people in many countries. It is popularly used in most of the schools in the United States.

Because of this unique quality, the app has gained a lot of popularity and appreciation from many people, especially by teachers and parents. ClassDojo has its headquarters located in San Francisco, California. The company has recorded a very fast growth since the app was founded. Months after its formation, the app had already garnered about 3.5 million users from different countries where most of the users where teachers and students. It was soon able to acquire funds that facilitated more growth of the company.

ClassDojo soon became a huge company and soon made a platform that even the people using native languages would be able to use. The app has facilitated the airing of important educational videos which have helped students build up their knowledge. The app also offers a platform for students to interact and learn from each other. It is without a doubt that ClassDojo has really brought a positive impact in education.

Protecting an organization from data breaches by ex-employees

An Employee’s last day at an organization often consists of either a “Well he’s a jolly good fellow” song and a cake, or having an HR Person stand over someone while they pack up their cube into boxes and get escorted out of the building. While the latter is more predictive of someone leaving the organization with a bitter taste in their mouth, both scenarios represent a potential risk to the organization if their departure is not handled appropriately from an Information Technology (IT) perspective.

There are cases of ex-employees reeking serious havoc on their past employers that caused massive financial losses, adverse impact to customers and internal scrambles to rectify the issue. Such examples include OFCOM, the communications regulator in the UK. An ex-employee made the poor decision of sharing over six years’ worth of data with their prospective employer. This was one of the “lucky” cases as the prospective employer chose not to utilize the data. Another well-known example is the Marriott Hotels breach in 2016. A disgruntled ex-employee decided to log into Marriott’s internal systems after being let go, all from the comfort of their own home. Once logged in, the ex-employee began lowering room rates associated with active hotel reservations. This cost Marriott roughly $50,000.

It is mind boggling to think that after an employee leaves an organization over 58% of them still have access to their previous organization’s corporate network. With so much work put into removing their badge so they cannot access the front door, why is the same diligence not put forth to protect an organization’s most valuable assets, their internal data.

An organization must take accountability to eliminate the threat of inappropriate access to internal networks by ex-employees. Human Resources and IT can break down the silos and work together. Companies like onelogin can help your organization be proactive and prevent the intrusions from happening before they cost your organization a security disaster.