Below is our recent interview with Michael Chasen, CEO & CO-Founder of Class Technologies:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Class Technologies?
A: Class software is built on the Zoom Meetings platform to make it feel like a real classroom. It helps teachers take attendance, hand out assignments, give a quiz or test, grade work, proctor exams, or talk one-on-one with a student – all in Zoom. Founded in 2020, Class is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff around the world.
Q: Do you have a particular approach to get schools interested in the service? Can these institutions quickly just switch it on and go?
A: Since our launch we’ve heard from over 7,500 colleges, universities and K-12 schools in the U.S. and overseas. Over 100 of those institutions have asked to sign contracts immediately, even though we’re not finished coding. We’ve also heard from corporate training departments facing similar problems with virtual training. When educators see our software they immediately ‘get it’ and want it. We work closely with schools to help them rollout Class quickly and easily.
Q: You’ve recently raised $30.75 Million in Series A funding; can you tell us something more?
A: For many of us, this company feels less like a job and more like a cause to help educators. We’re using this funding from our Series A round to get Class into the hands of educators across the globe as soon as possible, because we know that teachers and students need it now. Education has changed forever, and we’re committed to creating new tools and innovations to support the industry as it evolves into the future.
Q: What is next on the roadmap for Class Technologies?
A: When the pandemic hit, schools closed and were forced to transition to remote learning, something that many of them were ill-prepared for and that educators and students struggled with. While in-person learning will return at some point, education has been forever changed.
As schools begin to go back to in-person learning, I believe that hybrid learning is here to stay, and we’re focused on building software to make it feel like a real classroom. There is a lot technology can and should do to improve access, equity, and outcomes.
Q: What’s the best thing about Class Technologies that people might not know about?
A: We didn’t exist, and had no idea we would exist, a year ago. Technology and engineering are amazing, and there is no problem we can’t solve when we come together.