ClassDojo makes it easy to keep my students alert and on-task.
Improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.
Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff.
Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.
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This is great for elementary students.
Class Dojo is a wonderful behavior management tool for so many reasons. It appeals to a wide age range of students and allows for complete customization for teachers. It’s wonderful that the data can be shared with the home as well. Our elementary and intermediate teachers love Class Dojo and there are a few teachers using it at the middle school level as well. I would definitely recommend Class Dojo to any colleague and I have many times over. We are a PBIS district and it integrates very well.
Class Dojo has been phenomenal for the At-Risk students and their parents. I utilized this as a reward system for good behavior, related to work ethic, responsibility, respect, attendance and self-reflection. The main strengths are the ease of use and cost (FREE!) I do not know of any weaknesses as of yet. I have customized it, by creating certain behaviors I am wanting the students in y room to exhibit and/or not exhibit. I will reward positive or negative points to them based upon their behaviors daily. I also communicate with teachers and parents this way utilizing the class story and messaging features.
I would highly recommend this and there are multiple teachers in our school that use this! It is very helpful in terms of keeping the at-risk middle school students on the right track.
It’s a great powerful tool to engage students in their process of learning, as avatars and badges come into scene they get it more personal, more challenging. Highly recommended!
Class Dojo just released a new app for the iOS platform (IPad, iPhone) and it's working great thus far!
One of my colleagues uses Class Dojo in his class every day and highly recommended it. I started using it recently, but found it rather cumbersome. I don't think it's an issue of the tool itself, but how I was using it. My colleague has it set up on his Smartboard so that students can check themselves in, and check in when they've completed specific tasks. It takes a bit of planning to utilize it successfully. I also found that some students became a bit obsessed with how many Dojo points they were earning in a single class, and how many they needed to learn. While I see the advantages in some classes, in some situations, I think it may cause students stress.
Classdojo just created student log-ins where students create an account and are given a secret code. The secret code allows them to be synced to a classroom to view their weekly points and design their own avatar.
I use this tool in a jr. high classroom. Before I introduced the program, I feared that the monsters would be too childish for this level students, but they responded amazingly. They love the monsters, and I have even set up a competition between my 3 classes to get the highest positive percentage. It is very customizible and even comes with options to use a smartphone or tablet as a remote. I just have the homepage projecting. When students are working, I give negative and positive points for specific reasons, and it encourages students to work hard. There is a negative and positive sound and it pops up on the screen. This is real time encouragement. You can also go back and leave a comment about why a specific student earned a positive or negative. This is really good for documentation and proof of behavior problems. I have already recommended this program to my colleagues and I am actually doing a summer training session involving using ClassDojo for behavior management.
Class Dojo allows you to set up a specific list of positive and negative behaviors for you to track. Each student gets a cute little monster avatar (it assigns a random one by default, but you can go in and change it later) and you can assign points by clicking on the avatar. You get a pop-up where you can select the reason for the point (positive or negative) and then it flashes a quick message on the screen about the point awarded. You can also select multiple students at a time by using the class list on the left. The kids are really motivated to see what points they get, and it has a handy analysis tool to see where you award the most points. This can be helpful to track patterns in behavior that can help tighten things up in your classroom.
____Elementary Instrumental Music/Specialist Teacher (Health/Art/Music/Spanish) Review______
This tool is perfect for the elementary instrumental music class.
Set up behavioral expectations and routine for the class at the beginning of the year and communicate with parents in real time attendance as well as behavior.
I recommend for the educator who serves more than one building to set up a “class” for each school and create groups for your actual classes.
A con of Class Dojo is that is really tailored to classroom teachers, not specialized teachers who serve more than one school.
A pro is that not only can you communicate with parents, you can connect with colleagues in the school you register. Therefore a classroom teacher can also see how their students are performing in special or instrumental music instruction.
When students are working independently, I use the random student feature to reward points for specific behaviors I am monitoring.
I would recommend this to a colleague with caution. I have seen some use this tool to alienate students and judge them rather than engage. They peg early on poor behaved students and instead of using that assessment as a formative diagnostic tool, identifying areas that need to be taught and reinforced, they use it to further isolate and disengage the learner. Not cool.