Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 24 - Class Dojo

Day 24 - ClassDojo.com 

by Jolie DeVries and Svitlana Reynolds, members of the EVSC CODE





Improve Behavior

Improve specific student behaviors and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.

Share Data

Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff.

Save Time

Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.
Teacher Tutorial Video

Student Tutorial Video

This is a great tool for behavior management. 
  • Many schools are using this in conjunction with PBIS.  
  • Students can track and monitor their own progress.
  • Parents can view on-line and reports can be emailed or downloaded to be sent home by those without access. 
  • Middle school students are engaged and competitive to improve
  • Elementary school students are engaged and want to improve
  • High school students show ownership of their behavior and quality of work
  • Avatars can be changed and adjusted to each class 


For this challenge, register for a free account, add a class, and start using it.  Start with one class and see for yourself!




23 comments:

  1. I heard about Class Dojo last year. I really like the idea and the software, but I believe that I would need another device in my hand while teaching to use it. I would need an Ipad or smart phone to allow me to do a fast touch to give people points so that it doesn't eat into the class time to much to keep track. I am not sure I would trust myself to remember everyone's contributions, but I would definitely remember their negatives and that wouldn't be fair. There are just so many great students helping each other this year that I know I would forget them if I didn't write them down immediately.

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  2. Bill Gumula introduced Class Dojo to several Harrison teachers last year. I agree with Michael that to be efficient and effective, I'd need a handheld device to operate the technology during class. Class Dojo has a lot to offer classroom management, and I'll certainly keep it in mind. I don't have a need for it right now.

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  3. Like Heather said, I heard about this through Bill Gumula and he raved about it's uses. And then, like Michael said (and Heather too), I would need another device in hand to record thoughts. I have a slate but it's use is for writing/teaching away from board not to go to other sites and such. Does anyone know if IPADS will be district wide soon or ever? I have told about this web tool to other teachers outside of our district and they have found it useful too. I know it could be put to use by me in class; but I may need another set of hands!

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  4. This certainly seems like an awesome tool. I really wish I had known about it last year when I was teaching at AIS; it would have gone really well with our PBIS implementation. I do have one class where behavior is frequently an issue, so I think I might give this a try next semester. I've already started setting up the class and playing around with options. A lot of times I will forget to record behavior issues (esp. talking) because I can't record it fast enough. I'm glad I can set this up on my smart phone so I can record behaviors both positive and negative quickly.

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  5. It seems like an excellent way for kids to get quick to immediate feedback on their actions in the classroom. I would like it for use with the flipped classroom because it is hard for students to stay on task. This would be a visual reminder to get back on track or to show students they are using their time wisely. However, I do not have a smartphone or ipad/tablet to use with this. I would also like to use it in the classroom with some of my more squirrely students. I'll just have to keep this in mind for some year in the future.

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  6. I have signed up for an account and used it once for a trial period. However--I don't like that you can't move the icons around to accomodate my seating charts. It is hard--in a large class--to search for people to quickly give them a point or minus. I wish there were more options to make it more personal to fit the teachers needs.

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    1. Can you suggest it to the ClassDojo "people" like we can make suggestions to Bob Campus?

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    2. They do have a very good suggestion board and you can vote on ideas that have been suggested. They have made several improvements over the last year that I've been using it!

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  7. I have used this for two years and actually use it to keep track of my participation grade in my classes. Instead of using a clipboard with the class roster on it, I can keep track electronically. Great tool!

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  8. I learned about this during last year's 30 day challenge, and found that I wasn't very good with following through on using it. I had forgotton about until now. I think it may work better for me now that I have a smart phone.

    I was google'ing ways to use class dojo - and I found this blog http://christine-readingisthinking.blogspot.com/2012/11/class-dojo.html . She gives her students charms to add to a 'dojo necklace' when they get 25 dojo points . I thought it was a cute idea :)

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  9. I explored this site this summer. My classes are pretty large and I couldn't do this quickly enough to make it worthwhile. I can see how it would be useful to keep track of participation etc. I am too used to my "old school" way. I don't have an ipad or extra device in the classroom and would not want to use my smart phone to do this as the screen is too small to make this something I could do quickly. Even high school students love stickers and charms and badges so this would probably work on that level. Just not for me right now.

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  10. I know of several others that use this site, and I think it would be very beneficial in my class as I do give participation points. There are times when the students are in the kitchens and I see them do something that would result in loss of points - but I can not always get back to my computer to record it. So, it's pen and paper :-( If I had a hand held device, I know I would utilize this.. without one, probably not so much.

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  11. I set up an account and tried using it in one of classes. They were really excited about it and we used it for about a week. I wasn't able to keep up with it on my teacher computer. I needed to use my teacher computer to run my whiteboard, or document camera. I tried using my netbook, but it was a pain to carry it around, and use the mouse. I feel a handheld, touchscreen device is a must to make this work. I think this program has a lot of potential if one has an ipad or smartphone. I have neither. When I do get one, I definitely plan to use this.

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  12. Have this, have used it, and like it. I have 3 classes this year to keep track of so this is very helpful instead of just the card flip system in the classroom. I do have an IPAD and an Iphone to use with it. However, being in science the IPAD gets a bit cumbersome and my Iphone is old school and slow at best so I have not been as good as I should have. Our school is moving to PBIS and this is perfect to use with PBIS. It is used especially by our younger grades but the older kids get a kick out of it too.

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  13. I have already set up an account and classes for my homeroom and 2 math classes. I'm really pumped about using it. I'm hoping to win the iPad to make it easier to mark points! I could use my iPhone or keep it on the ProBoard if not. I'm wanting to set up the class account with our 7 Habits by Stephen Covey for students to earn points. It will great with our PBIS and leader in me!

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  14. I use this program in my classroom daily and the kids love it! Parents like it too. I have received many comments from parents saying that they enjoy hearing positive things about their child. We tend to forget that everyone enjoys positive feedback. If I forget to send my weekly dojo behavior out on Friday, I get calls asking me if I sent it. Great program! Love it!

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  15. I do not have my own classroom. Instead, I travel to different classrooms and often pull my small groups to different locations. However, several of our teachers started using this last year, and have stuck with it this year. They use it in conjunction with other classroom management plans, and it only adds to the experience. I think the feedback is a big motivation tool for our younger students, especially during our reader's workshop time.

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  16. I was searching online last night and found that if you sign up with Classdojo, you can also access it on a Kindle Fire or other tablet!! I just got a kindle fire and while I don't feel comfortable bringing it to school, it is an option!

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  17. I started to use this in a couple of classes but didn't stick with it. While I used it, the kids loved it and were very eager to hear the positive dings. I would love to make this part of my class routine, but need to find a way to keep up with it while doing other things throughout the class.

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  18. I am intrigued...I can see myself trying it in one class next semester! When you have to keep track of behavior anyway, it would be nice to have something the kids like.

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  19. I love Class Dojo! It is a fantastic tool for tracking behavior. I even use it for documentation and know of other teachers in my building who do the same. It is great to have specific data to share with parents and I LOVE the option of providing my own poor behaviors and positive expectations! The kids also really like seeing themselves displayed and tracking their own behaviors; we often make a conversation of it--"This week you had a -2, what was going on?" etc.

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  20. One of my elementary teachers showed me this app this past summer and described how she was going to use it in her 5th grade class to help manage student behavior. Our middle school tracks behavior and puts students on a level system. I could see this app being very useful in having teachers keep accurate records of the behavior as it occurs rather than having to write down, stop class and/or forget about documenting it later.

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  21. I used this last year for a few months, but I didn't stick with it because there were some things about it that I didn't like. I didn't like showing the entire class each student's positive or negative marks. I think that information should be protected. I also couldn't manage it along with all the other tabs and pages open on my Promethean Board. I got the app for my iPhone, but still wasn't a big fan. Maybe I'll give it a try again. Not sure.

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