Showing posts with label Class DoJo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Class DoJo. Show all posts

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ClassDojo Launches a Messaging Service to Help Teachers Keep Parents Informed

ClassDojo, a popular student behavior recording service, has launched an excellent new messaging feature in their Android and iOS apps. The new messaging feature allows teachers to send messages to parents about their children. The messaging featuring can be used to send messages to parents on an individual basis and on a whole group basis. ClassDojo is using the term "Direct Messaging" to refer to sending messages to individuals and the term "Broadcast Messaging" to refer to sending messages to all parents in a group.

ClassDojo's messaging service, like that of Remind 101 and similar messaging services, hides the personal contact information of the teacher and the of the parents. Parents have to opt-in to receive messages from the teacher.

Applications for Education
The new direct messaging aspect of ClassDojo's messaging service could be a great tool for keeping parents informed about the positive things their children are doing in your classroom. The broadcast messaging aspect of ClassDojo's messaging service could be good for sending reminders to all parents about things like due dates for paperwork or homework that their children need to complete.

I would be a little leery of using the messaging service to notify parents of negative behaviors. In those cases I would still prefer speaking directly to parents.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

ClassDojo Releases New iOS and Android Apps

ClassDojo has offered iOS and Android apps for a while now. Today, those apps received a batch of new updates that teachers will appreciate. The updated apps will allow you to create new classes, edit class rosters, view reports, and reset points totals. These are things that you previously would have had to do on a laptop or desktop computer.

Click here for the ClassDojo iOS app.
Click here for the ClassDojo Android app.

Applications for Education
Besides recording behaviors and attendance, one of my favorite uses of ClassDojo is to give out "rewards" or "points" during classroom discussions for asking good questions, being polite, and using evidence in arguments.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tweet #ClassDojoLove to Enter To Win an iPad Mini

The popular student behavior tracking service ClassDojo is currently running a contest in which you could win an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 just for Tweeting about how you use or plan to use ClassDojo. To enter simply post a Tweet a response to this question: what learning habits, behaviors, or skills do you want to build with your students this year? Use the hashtag #classdojolove in the Tweet and you're entered. You can read more about the promotion here.

About ClassDojo
ClassDoJo is a free online service for recording and generating data about your students' behaviors. To get started using ClassDoJo you create class lists and select the behaviors that you want to track. Then assign each behavior as a negative or positive behavior. Once you have created your class lists and selected behaviors to track, actually tracking behaviors is quite easy.

To track your students' behaviors just sign-in, select your class, and start marking student names with positive or negative points. When you mark with positives or negatives you can state the reason by selecting from the menu of behaviors that you created while creating your ClassDoJo lists. You can use your computer or your mobile device to make entries in your ClassDoJo account.

Students can view their records by signing into their records through secret Clas DoJo codes assigned to them. Parents can have reports about their children sent to them by you.

Applications for Education
One good use of ClassDojo is projecting the "positive behaviors only" screen while giving out positive recognition at the end of the school day. I've also had a conversation with a high school teacher who is using ClassDojo as a way to award points for participation in classroom discussions as the discussion are happening. And if students are logged-in to their accounts they can track their progress too.

FTC Disclosure: In 2012 ClassDojo ran an ad campaign on Free Technology for Teachers. I do not currently have any financial or in-kind relationship with ClassDojo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Using Class Dojo to Motivate Your Students - Guest Post

I teach gifted students in grades K-5, and many of them, believe it or not, can be prone to avoiding challenging tasks. I recently posted about this on my blog, and included a video produced by Carol Dweck that highlights the importance of praising students for their hard work instead of for their intelligence. I decided to employ Class Dojo to help me with this.

Class Dojo is a free iOS application (and website - Android app soon to come) that can be used to reward students with points for positive behaviors. You can also subtract points for negative behaviors. I rarely use the subtraction feature, however, because I prefer the students to focus more on meeting my expectations rather than on how they can disappoint me.

You can use the website for Class Dojo to manage your classes. The mobile app allows you to award points "on the go" with your smartphone as you walk around the classroom. In addition, there is a "random" button that you can hit which will choose a student from your class, well, randomly.

At the beginning of the year, I established Class Dojo routines with all of my classes, and introduced my students to the class treasure box where they could "redeem" their points. In fact, this is usually the only "negative" behavior that is reflected on their reports and, of course, I explain to parents that it is not negative at all. This serves the dual purposes of reward and of privacy, in a way. If I display the class on our screen, it is not embarrassing for a student who only has 1 point, because it is assumed he or she has "spent" points on treasure box items.

With my 5th grade, I started something new that involves "Leveling Up." Based on the number of points they receive in certain categories, they can move to different levels of responsibility in my class - which also gives them extra privileges. Some of these privileges include: choosing where they would like to sit, getting a Glogster Edu account, checking out games for a week, checking out books from my class library, and getting a Weebly account. When students achieve certain milestones, they receive badges (that they designed) in Edmodo (where they can also earn points by doing optional assignments. Certain badge totals allow them to level up. You could also use the site Class Badges for this.

The most immediate effect that I have seen as a result of my use of Class Dojo has been the students' responses to my emphasis on working hard. A few weeks ago, I started to choose students randomly during class to get a "perseverance" point. I tell them that they won’t automatically get it just because their name was chosen. If I don’t feel they deserve it, I will choose someone else. To avoid embarrassing any specific people, I use my mobile app. If a name pops up of a distracted or discouraged student, I just say, “Oh, I’m sorry. This person needs to show me more effort. I guess I need to pick someone else.” Suddenly, students who were just gazing off into the distance become productive.

I am careful to not only award students points for getting things right or doing things perfectly. I frequently give them points for trying hard and taking risks . And I verbally praise them often so they realize these are my expectations.
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This image shows the positive behavior traits my 5th graders should exhibit. (We are a “Leader in Me” school, so we use the 7 Habits to describe our behaviors. Students who show a good attitude and effort for difficult tasks are being “Proactive”.) With this targeted use of Class Dojo and Edmodo, I have seen a definite increase in effort from my students.

Terri Eichholz is a teacher of gifted and talented students in N.E.I.S.D. in San Antonio. She is the author of “Engage Their Minds”, a blog which provides “different ideas for different thinkers.” You can also find her at http://pinterest.com/terrieichholz/ and on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ClassDoJo Adds Bulk Report Downloads

Yesterday, I received this email from ClassDoJo and probably many of you got the same one. The email announced some new features for ClassDoJo. In my opinion the most notable new feature is bulk downloads of behavior reports. The reports are downloaded as PDFs.  Another new feature of note is the option to email reports to multiple parents.

Applications for Education
This summer I heard from a number of elementary school teachers who absolutely love ClassDoJo for recording behaviors. One teacher that I spoke with said that she would project the "positive behaviors only" screen when she was giving out positive recognition at the end of the school day. I've also heard from teachers who are using ClassDoJo to give out "rewards" or "points" during classroom discussions for asking good questions, being polite, and using evidence in arguments.

Disclosure: ClassDoJo is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now You Can Use ClassDojo on Your iPad

If you  signed into your ClassDojo account this morning you may have noticed a new mobile option is now available to you. Today, ClassDojo officially released an iPhone and iPad app. I received the news last week and it was embargoed until today, but I have already had a chance to the try the app.

The ClassDojo iOS app gives you access to all of your class rosters and all of the behavior reporting tools that you would use in the browser-based version of ClassDojo. You can access all of your classes and give out positive and negative marks to students through the app. You can't, however, create new classes through the app.
Red Sox fans, note who was marked down for being unprepared in my demo class. 

Applications for Education
ClassDojo is quickly becoming a very popular tool for keeping records of students' classroom behavior. I had a Twitter conversation with someone last week (I'm sorry I didn't write down who) who was ClassDojo as a way to award points for participation in classroom discussions as the discussion were happening. And if students are logged-in to their accounts they can track their progress too.

Click here for a more thorough break-down of ClassDojo's features.

Disclosure: ClassDojo is running an ad campaign on Free Technology for Teachers. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

ClassDoJo - Easy and Fun Behavior Reports

This month Free Technology for Teachers welcomes ClassDoJo as a new advertiser.

ClassDoJo is a free online service for recording and generating data about your students' behaviors. To get started using ClassDoJo you create class lists and select the behaviors that you want to track. Then assign each behavior as a negative or positive behavior. Once you have created your class lists and selected behaviors to track, actually tracking behaviors is quite easy.

To track your students' behaviors just sign-in, select your class, and start marking student names with positive or negative points. When you mark with positives or negatives you can state the reason by selecting from the menu of behaviors that you created while creating your ClassDoJo lists. You can use your computer or your mobile device to make entries in your ClassDoJo account.

Students can view their records by signing into their records through secret Clas DoJo codes assigned to them. Parents can have reports about their children sent to them by you.

Applications for Education
This summer I heard from a number of elementary school teachers who absolutely love ClassDoJo for recording behaviors. One teacher that I spoke with said that she would project the "positive behaviors only" screen when she was giving out positive recognition at the end of the school day.