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.
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.