WEEK 11 – ClassDojo!
This week I decided I would have some fun right along with you guys and find a new free tool to share (one that I wasn't already familiar with)! After searching around and checking out a lot of different tools, I selected ClassDojo. This tool can work well in K-12 (although older high schoolers might find it a bit ‘below' their age level). I love the positive reinforcement approach ClassDojo provides.
Here's a tutorial by Thomas Grodek that introduces the tool and shows you how it works:
Here are some articles other teachers have written about using ClassDojo:
Using Class Dojo to reinforce positive behavior by Amanda Killough
- Techspired Tuesday: Using Class Dojo for Classroom and Behavior Management Tool by Celiza Mas (the “Pinspired Teacher”).
- An apprehensive teacher's guide toâ€¦ ClassDojo by Siobhan Buchanan
So you know the drill … AFTER YOU TRY ClassDojo, please be sure to comment below and tell us about your experience, so you'll have a chance at winning one of our giveaways at the end of the challenge!
About the Challenge:
The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge started March 1st. Every Sunday through the end of May we're publishing a new web page with a new, awesome free tool to try. Everyone who provides their name and email address (click here to open the Challenge introduction page and SIGN UP) will get an email providing the link to the page. The goal is just to have fun and learn about these powerful free web applications for teaching and learning, and along the way you get the opportunity to win some giveaways we'll award at the end of the challenge to randomly selected participants! To have a chance a winning, just participate and share some observations about the tools you each week!
Helping teachers with classroom management by focusing on positive behavior is great. TeachersInTouch builds on that. TeachersInTouch connects behavior management, response to intervention, and parental engagement and more in one. Find out more at http://www.goteachersintouch.com.
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I love class dojo. I am in high school so the behavior part doesn’t work for me but I use it to randomly call on the class for answers. Students know their name could come up at any time so they are more attentive. I thought the characters were too childish for my kids but they loved seeing what their character was.
Love the ability to add my own behaviors to the list. I used it with 9th graders. The students really had fun creating their own avatars. We sent letters home to the parents.
Magnificent application! No words can express the versatility of the tool! Above all it\’s free and teachers love free tools.
It helps teachers to manage the class with the click of a button and gives all the info needed. Parents accounts can be created so that progress can be tracked from home as well.
The tool promotes motivation, positive behaviour, shares information with colourful and not so colourful (LOL) avatars and graphics.
I have inserted a link to the Login Page on our National Learning Management System so that teachers will find it there and there\’s no need to hunt around 🙂
I am sure that I will encourage teachers to use it next scholastic year. Thank you DoJo
I love class dojo! It gives my students a breakdown of how they’re doing in certain aspects of class.
What a great app to share with teachers for classroom management. We are always looking forward ways to tie behavior to home….. awesome! Can’t wait to share, especially with our K-3 teachers!
Thanks for passing it on Mark, and thanks to all for their comments!
I’m in higher ed, so not much use for this one. However I’ll be passing the information along to the 5 other teachers in my family!
I really like the idea… However, once again, I don’t like the fact that pupils have to create an account. I know it is mandatory in order to keep track of their progress. But it is one ore account they need to manage. I like the fact that you can create a sheet for parents to give their autorization.
I think rewarding pupils for what they do in class is great. But it works easier with Primary classes. I have a different class every hour, so it would be hard to use. However, the tool is prettyu easy to use, I just tried it.
When I saw this app posted, I was elated!
I have taught students enrolled in our Teacher Ed. Preparation Program how to implement this app in their classroom since the app was released in August 2011!
The avatars are perfect for any grade level, Pre-K. – 12th grade. The reports are visual reminders for students and parents – easily shared during parent conferences, class discussion (with the group reports), the “ding” reminds students of their monitored behavior, with FERPA issues the app makes it easy to “show” students their “award” on a cell screen without revealing the information to the entire class. , the easy access codes for parents and student access make communication between home and school easy and clear. Additionally, the reports make is easy to maintain comments in the event of a behavioral referral. The ease of classroom setup makes it the “darling” of teacher friendly apps! Class Dojo continually improves their app for the better! And the opportunity to share an idea or suggestion for improvement is a click away! With immediate feedback enhancing its likeability factor.
Class Dojo – its the ONE!
I LOVE THIS APP! I have been using Class Dojo since January of this year and it has transformed the behavior and communication in my classroom. When I introduced it, I had the students all create their own avatars to get them excited about the program. The students work to earn 50 points and they get a prize every time they hit the target. At the end of each day, we look at the class report and discuss what went well and what we can work on. The parents are also very diligent about checking the reports and continuing the conversation at home. Another teacher in my building uses it to track the class behavior rather than individual behaviors (kind of like a digital marble jar), and has also found some success.