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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Classroom Management + Technology = Something REALLY Cool

Even though I haven't gone on vacation yet, I feel like summer is winding down.  I am really starting to think about what new things I want to use with my classes in August. One day while out blogstalking...I came across a post about a website called "Class Dojo" (My apologies to the original poster, but I can't remember which blog - if it was yours, please let me know and I will go back and edit this.) Anyway, this site offers a really fun, engaging, and positive way to track student behaviors.  I've been playing around with it and I love the way you can set it to show only positive behaviors.  It will keep track of behaviors and even offers printable "report cards" for both individuals and a class.  The avatars are really cute and you can use preset or custom categories for behavior. AND, you can use your iphone or smartphone as a remote.   Even though I haven't had a chance to use it yet, I am positive my kids will love it. (And since it will do my tracking for me...I'll love it even more!)   Another feature is the ability to set up different classes, which will be great since I will be working with different students from different classrooms and levels. So far, it appear that this site is free.  I am not sure if that will continue, but I will be using it as long as it is gratis.

I just learned how to do something new!!  Did you know there is this really cool thing on Windows called a "Snipping Tool"?  I never noticed it before.  Today, however, I learned you can use it to capture a screen shot.  How cool is that!!  I went to the Class Dojo site and took a few captures to show you what it looks like.  The first pic is what your class page that you display throughout the day looks like. When you want to add (or take away) points, you just click on a student's avatar and then select the reason.  That child's point total updates with a "DING" so everyone in the class knows someone just earned a point. (I think this will have the same effect as opening a bag of Skittles and handing them out one at a time...very.....very.....very slowy.
 



The next shot is a mock class I set up just to play around.  It really was as simple as described.  I think it migh be a little therapeutic as well.  Ever had one of those days when you have to go hide behind the closet doors and say EXACTLY what is on your mind at that particular moment?  I know I do.  Of course, we don't say it aloud because after all we are the adult - LOL.  Now, I can picture myself calmly walking over to my computer and "Dinging" someone who is stretching my patience.  (I really like the fact that this site allows you to only show positives, but it still tracks the negative behaviors.)


Finally, I took a capture of an individual student's  report.  What a great way to send those daily notes to parents who've requested them.  The class report looks the same, it just has cumulative data.



I will post and let everyone know how this is working once school starts. 



4 comments:

  1. I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love. I know I will be using it during reading and math groups. I've also read where teachers plan to use it in the hallways. If they take their phones out with them, the kids don't know who got (or lost) points until they reenter the classroom. We do a lot of behavior tracking with PBIS at our school, so this seems like it will fit right in! I'm so excited to try it. :)

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  2. That's a really good idea. We ue PBS at our school as well. I am going to share this with my principal.

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  3. Hi Amy,

    I'm now following your blog. :-) I posted about Class Dojo last week, so it might have been me. :-)

    Psyched to be in 2nd!

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