Today’s tech snack can be found at the following url: https://www.classdojo.com/.
What is it and how can I use it?
Classdojo is a Web 2.0 class management tool designed for quick communication between parents, students and teachers. It is a free service that can work on any Internet-enabled device. Parents can use Classdojo via a web address(url), or tablet app(available on ipad and google play.)
1) Step one: Name your class.
2) Step 2: Add your students’ names.( As you add names, each child will be given a cute monster avatar)
3) Step 3: Invite parents.( Invitations can be sent on paper or vial email)
4) Step 4: Pick classroom behaviors that you will be reporting on( both positive and negative.)
Teachers can either manually type their students’ names or they can copy and paste their class list from an existing word or excel document. The parent invites can be sent in two ways. You can send out a printed out handout that gives the parents instructions on how to access their Classdojo reports or they can be emailed a link that helps them set up an account on Classdojo. The print out looks like the picture below:
When you pick classroom behaviors, you are picking behaviors that you will be reporting on in class. Each behavior get assigned a number of point. (Teacher's choice as to what the point values are.) Positive behaviors such as asking for help, will receive positive number points, whereas negative behaviors like fighting, will receive negative number points.(double click on the video below to see set up in action.)
**Bonus feature: you can set up classdojo reports in different languages!**
There are two ways that you can use Classdojo in your classroom:parent communication and behavior modification/classroom management. Classdojo is an excellent way to provide feedback to parents. My son’s teacher used it to communicate with us about our son’s daily progress. As a parent of a student with special needs( he has sensory processing dysfunction), I found it particularly helpful because it allowed me to focus on the behaviors that our son was exhibiting. With Classdojo, I could see what he did well, as well as what he needed to work on. It enabled me to have more goal specific conversations with my son. ( Example: “I see that you did a good job helping friends today” or “You were upset today. What happened?”) It is a nice tool that encourages family involvement/participation-which is critical for a student’s success.