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Class Dojo is more than a behavior tool…

My relationship with ClassDojo goes back a long way.  I started beta testing their product before it launched to the public when they were working with ImagineK12.  
I remember when Sam, one of the co-founders, emailed me to first connect about the product.  I initially dismissed the email thinking it was a rewards and punishment based application.  However, Sam, being the incredibly charming and kind person he is, asked if he could have the opportunity to show me his site during a Skype session.  After our Skype meeting, I could tell there was HUGE potential in what he was about to launch.  
Sam and I had several meetings, phone conversations, and even hung out at various conferences.  Each time we talked, I learned more about his amazing site.  It was through this strong friendship that I really began to believe in what he was doing.  Class Dojo has won several awards and has been on many national television shows being interviewed by some of the most predominant figures in the news.  
Kids LOVE selecting their characters!

Children are able to each select their own characters.  I even took screen shots of the characters and printed them off for the children to keep.  This was their idea.  They wanted to go home and show their parents their new Dojo characters.  They were so proud and excited!  This was an added bonus that I never anticipated.  
Record student information – without paper

Attendance:
During the beginning of they year, my students loved entering the classroom and touching their Dojo Character to mark themselves present for the day.  This was a great way to track how many days of school each child had attended.  They loved seeing the days of school tracked on the SMART Board using Class Dojo.  
Anchor Chart Workshop Expectations:
Each year, we come together and brainstorm a list of expectations for our reading and writing workshop time.  We typically use chart paper and jot down our notes.  Then, we hand these charts and reference them as needed.  We did the same this year, but we also integrated Class Dojo.  We took the information from the charts and used them to track our success in workshop.  We also tracked what we needed to work on as well.  You can click here to read more about how we used this in our workshop.  
Special Needs and I.E.Ps:
Because Class Dojo is also offered as an app, teaching assistants can use their smart phones to monitor student’s focus, interest level, attentiveness, and participation.  The program tracks and stores all data that can be configured into brilliant graphs automatically.  Each graph can be easily shared with parents, teachers, special education directors, etc.
Classroom Behavior:

Class Dojo was designed to track student behavior and encourage positive interactions.  My former school used a district wide PBS, positive behavior system.  So, Class Dojo supported exactly what my school was doing. Students could earn points for following the classroom expectations.  This information was saved and could easily be shared if needed.
Reach Common Core Standards

Instead of setting up a traditional class in Class Dojo, you can set up subject areas or units of study.  Then, within that subject area/unit of study, you can add “I Can Statements.”  Each time the class masters a concept, or standard, points can be given to that particular I Can Statement.  This way, students are able to track their learning.  
For more reading, I encourage you to check out the work of Dylan Wiliam.  
Free Common Core “I Can Statements” for Pre-K – 3rd grade: click here

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Erin

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Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

13 Comments
  1. I have been using Class Dojo in my room since January and the kids and I LOVE it! It has really taken off at my school, too, so many other teachers are using it as well. The "specials" teachers (music, pe, and such) really like it as well, and they've set up all of their classes. It's nice that we are using the same language. I love the idea for the I Can statements! I hadn't thought of that at all and will definitely do some more research into that!

    Thanks!
    JennyB

    One Berry Blog

  2. Hi Ms. Erin and everyone! I am a public school teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have been using Class Dojo this school year. I started using the program with my desktop and have branched out toward using my Android tablet (which I use at work). I love being able to set positive behavior point goals for my classes and groups using Class Dojo. Class Dojo lets me move around my room and praise or redirect while keeping the pace of my teaching intact!

  3. Jenny,

    Thanks so much for sharing! That is great that the specials teachers like it, too. I agree… having a common language is key. Glad you like the I Can Statement idea.

    Have a great day,

    Erin

  4. Hi Karla,

    I use to live in Alexandria, LA (well actually Tioga & Natchitoches).

    I use it on my iPhone, too. I love having the mobile component.

    Thanks so much for your ideas!

    Cheers,

    Erin

  5. Thanks for this! So interesting! Erin, do you know of examples of ClassDojo being used with Flipped Classrooms? Would you recommend that use? would love your input! all best wishes, Laura

  6. Laura,

    Thanks so much for your comment. I'm not sure it would work better for flipped learning vs. traditional. I think it would be about the same. I think that it would depend how the teacher set it up. I think each class use may differ.

    Have a great week,

    Erin

  7. Where do you see it tracking attendance and seeing how many days the students have attended? I must be blind because I only see the option to set the attendance but dont see any numbers.

    Thanks!

  8. I would also love to find more examples of how Class Dojo is being used with curriculum/standards. I get the gist of it, but would love some more concrete examples. I need it "spelled out" a little more for me!

  9. I love the idea of tracking student learning as well as behaviors. I have been using Class Dojo since the beginning of the school year and it has made a big impact on student behavior, so now I am curious to try the student learning aspect. Thanks!

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