Category Archives: Education

American Institute of Architects, Building With Resourceful Insight

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) brings together design, innovation and experience. Together, they’re changing how society views Architects and underscores their importance to the framework of commercial and residential buildings. Whether the project build is a big one or a small one, the AIA provides Architects with valuable resources. The AIA was founded by a small group of 13 architects, lead by Richard Upjohn. They gathered in a New York office, to form an organization that would promote their industry. Today, the network has expanded to 90,000 members in the US and abroad. The mission of the AIA is simple, to provide member partners with updated resources and other invaluable information about the best practices in the industry.

AIA is more than just a member organization. Because Architects aren’t just members, but instead are referred to as, community “partners.” The AIA goes beyond standard membership benefits to include ways to connect with other partners, how to increase brand awareness, survey results about home trend designs, educational programs, and marketing exclusives and other useful information; all related to running a successful Architecture firm. Partners are also provided with resourceful client insight and reports about economic indicators.

Few network organizations can say that they’ve been around since 1857. That’s because of AIA dedication and integrity to fostering industry growth. Architect partners receive practical information about forming, developing and running a firm. Member partners receive honors, awards and recognition as they are kept informed about advocacy, policies and publications that affect Architects, as a whole. The AIA includes women and young architects and the organization conducts a leadership institute and holds regular events and conferences for training and networking.

The idea behind the American Institute of Architects is to foster industry excellence through practice and education. The AIA provides everything that’s needed to operate an Architectural firm; it doesn’t matter if it’s an individual Architect’s practice or a staff of Architects, working together as a company. In addition to the aforementioned resources, AIA partners also have access to over 180 construction forms and contracts. The resources are provided in an easy-to-use format with the most used ones listed by standard form number. Important, because no project build can move to groundbreaking without a contractual agreement; which outlines all incorporated rights and responsibilities. These responsibilities are between the owner, the architect and the contractors and subcontractors.


ClassDojo App To Supplement Parent-Teacher Meetings

Parents and teachers will not have to attend meetings to monitor the kids’ progress in school related activities. Through an app developed by a tech start-up; Class Dojo, teachers will be able to snap and send videos and photos of student’s participation in activities, and share their latest assignments with parents. A schedule of student activities will also be availed on a daily basis using the class dojo app. The app will function as a communication platform between parents and teachers, similar to social media apps such snap chat or Facebook, but it is custom made for the sole purpose of education.

According to one of class dojo’s co-founders, the start-up is using the capital to develop a team big enough to create useful features, and avail content helpful to both parents and teachers. One of class dojo’s objectives is to initiate change and digitize school related functions from the ground up. Through class dojo app, parents, teachers and school leaders can create a community where all parties can engage freely for the betterment of the children’s education. Class dojo recently partnered with researchers at Stanford University to help students instill the new concepts of intelligence. It also helps teachers to weave a growth mindset in their daily teaching routines. This goal will be attained through a series of short YouTube videos.

ClassDojo Will Not Utilize Users’ Data to Generate Revenue

ClassDojo started in 2011 and has grown into an education app aimed at helping students by imparting regular positive feedback in the learning environments. The company is based in San Francisco and has a total of 25 employees. To date, the start-up has raised over $31 million dollars in project funding. Instead of generating revenue from the user’s data, the company has promised to create premium content and features that parents would quickly pay for to gain access. The company’s primary goal at the moment is to distribute the app to more parents and teachers throughout the country.

Over 85,000 Users Countrywide

Most of the app’s users are teachers distributed from the 1st to 8th grade. Over 85,000 teachers across private and public schools in the United States are currently using ClassDojo. The app’s creators wanted a different app that would create a smooth collaboration between parents, teachers, and their students, while building a positive culture. Other companies in the education tech business include Kickboard, Nearpod, FreshGrade, and Remind.