What is Class Dojo? It’s a free app for teachers that helps with classroom management and parent communication. In the classroom, the Class Dojo app can be set up on the SmartBoard or on a computer screen. The children can pick avatars for themselves, and earn points for meeting behavioral goals. The goals are set by teachers based on the needs of the classroom and individual students. When needed, the teacher can use the app to keep track of student behavior. What’s even better is that the app allow students to keep track of their own behavior. If they are curious why they haven’t earned Dojo points, they can find out why, and self-correct their own behavior. Unlike traditional classroom behavior charts, the students are able to track their own behavior, but they are not able to view the behavior of their peers.
The app also serves as a communication platform for parents and teachers. If the teacher uses this feature, parents are able to track their own child’s behavior through the app, getting rid of any surprise phone calls at the end of the school day. There is also a messaging feature on the app, enabling parents and teachers to message each other directly throughout the day. Another communication tool on Class Dojo is the ability to post class “stories” to let parents know through words and pictures what is going on in the classroom during the day.
If used wisely, this is an app that can make classroom management fun for teachers, help students monitor their own behavior, and help foster parent communication with their children and their children’s teachers.
Learn more about ClassDojo: