Elon Musk, the founder, product architect and CEO of Tesla, is also the creator and launcher of his own innovative, modern and non-traditional educational system. The CEO and parent is now aligning his efforts with the widely applied ClassDojo software system, already in place in K-8 classrooms across the U.S.
ClassDojo with its mission to build community within the classroom, by interweaving parents, teachers and kids into the process of learning, is a positive and enriching platform that allows teachers to track kids’ work. Meanwhile, student-users can proudly display and share their most memorable classroom moments with their families.
Now, with Classdojo’s help, Elon Musk is creating an app that will help younger students, by engaging their critical faculties and assisting them in the development of crucial ethical and moral dilemma-solving capabilities, tools which Musk believes’ to be imperative for a generation that will face heretofore unforeseen challenges, such as how to best fit artificial intelligence into the mainstream of our lives.
The new app is set to pose ethics-specific conondrums, which are not the usual scholastic fare. By posing real-life questions to young students via the app, Musk proposes to institute ground up change in the classroom. Yet, with ClassDojos eye-appealing packaging and colorful animation, the questions remain non-threatening, kid-friendly, and therefore part of the positive culture that is the mantra of ClassDojo.
The pairing works well. One question that speaks to the larger issue of property rights, uses a visually appealing cartoon, asking kids to imagine a scenario where a dinosaur has appeared on someone’s land. Who does the find actually belong to is the open-ended question, posed by the app. Colorful balloons instruct kid-users to listen, decide and reflect.
Although the conundrums are firstly exercises in critical thinking, they are also tools to explore communication skills as well. Students are reminded of the need to be respectful of others opinions, to stay open-minded and understand that there is no one right answer to any of the posed conundrums. It might be said that Elon Musk and ClassDojo are not only creating an app, but launching world-ready students.