Class Dojo is a Web 2.0 tool that has been popping up more and more often on my Twitter feed, blogs that I read, and at conferences. While I have not tried it out in the lab yet, I have heard a lot of good things from those who have implemented it in their classrooms. Class Dojo is an online classroom management tool that appears to be very popular with both the students and the teachers who have tried it. It seems like something that would work best in a classroom with an Interactive Whiteboard or projector, but I’m sure it can be implemented in other ways as well.
Class Dojo is web based, so there’s no need to install any software. Setting up your class is quick and easy, with a very user friendly dashboard for teachers. When you first sign in, Class Dojo will walk you through the steps to set up your class so you can be ready to roll in just a short amount of time. With a few simple clicks, you create a class, enter your student names, and set up your positive and negative behaviors. You can use the defaults provided, or add your own to customize it. That’s it! Once you have set up your class, simply start the class and project the screen onto your IWB or projector screen. As the class progresses, you can add positive and negative points for the behaviors you selected. Class Dojo instantly provides visual and audio feedback to the kids. At the end of class, you can view your class report card which shows an overall view of behaviors, or you can drill down to view individual performance. This is a great way to keep track of student behavior for parent conferences! Don’t want to be tied to your desktop computer to use Class Dojo? If you have a smartphone, you can access your account and award points with it while being able to walk around the classroom.
I’m setting up my classes now, and I can’t wait to see how it works with my kids! I think they will love it.
Check out this great video that demos how to use Class Dojo: