Klassroom, the Paris-based firm that reinvents parent-teacher communication in pre-kindergarten and all elementary faculty grades, simply raised a $three million seed spherical led by Bpifrance and a number of other angel traders together with Jerome Lecat, CEO at Scality, and Andy Myers, President at Waterford.org and former government at Renaissance Learning.
This funding will allow Klassroom to speed up development in international locations exterior of France, together with within the U.S. the place greater than 700 educators began utilizing the app over the past faculty 12 months with none vital funding in that market. Klassroom is already the main app of its sort in France with almost a million customers. Klassroom’s person group doubled in just below two months throughout faculty closures and the COVID-19 disaster.
Klassroom: an inclusive, partaking basis for parent-teacher communication that permits deeper involvement within the faculty life of kids
Klassroom gives a platform for distant studying, video-conferencing, and homework administration in an intuitive format for folks and educators. Klassroom caters particularly to educator wants whereas providing the extent of engagement and ease-of-use present in essentially the most broadly used on-line social platforms. When a trainer begins to make use of the app in a single classroom, different lecturers within the faculty take part in a short time and simply. Teachers can create a brand new class in simply minutes, and so they invite dad and mom to entry posts within the class feed together with bulletins, homework, movies, photos of actions, polls, occasions, paperwork, and extra.
Klassroom’s stage of mum or dad engagement is excellent: greater than 90% are month-to-month lively customers. Parents can react to posts, contact the trainer for appointments, or provoke non-public conversations utilizing instruments which are designed to strengthen parent-teacher relationships whereas defending the trainer’s time. Klassroom can translate all posts and personal messages between mum or dad and trainer into 100 completely different languages, and Klassroom may also accommodate the visually impaired. Every mum or dad or guardian might be concerned – even throughout a number of households.
“We are grateful for the support of our investors, and we appreciate the dedication of our employees and educator ambassadors in helping us get to this exciting inflection point for Klassroom,” mentioned Frank-David Cohen, Klassroom co-founder and CEO. “Communication between parents and teachers is key for children’s academic and social- emotional growth during the early years, and this is especially true when COVID-19 or other factors cause interruptions to the in-school routine. Impactful communication always will be the ‘center of gravity’ of our app.”
Klassroom co-founders Frank-David Cohen and Damien Rottemberg have been pals since childhood and deliberate that someday they’d construct one thing collectively to make a constructive distinction on the planet. That alternative got here in 2016 when each had been divorced dads who discovered themselves distanced from the schooling of their kids and eager to be higher linked.
In Paris and New York respectively, Frank-David and Damien supplied the primary Klassroom app prototype to the lecturers of their younger kids. The end result was the identical on each side of the Atlantic: enthusiastic adoption by the trainer and a 95% mum or dad view fee of all classroom communication.
By listening intently to lecturers’ wants, Klassroom has maintained an almost excellent satisfaction ranking. The Klassroom app is now utilized in hundreds of English, French and Spanish-speaking lecture rooms throughout 30 international locations.
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