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Delena, 6th Grade Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: This is a behavior management system that helps keep communication open between the teacher, student, and the student's home. It requires you to create a class and assigns avatars to each student. You may award both negative and positive points and give a short description as to why they were awarded such points. The positive and negative points are kept as a record and can be accessed both electronically or printed out as a report to be sent home. The report comes in the form of a type of circle graph showing the amount of positive and negative points comparatively. As an fun extra, the kids/parents are also able to adjust the look of their avatar through an invitation code. This may also be an "award" the kids work up to. For example, "As soon as you earn 20 positive points, I will give you the code to personalize your avatar."

Strengths: As previously stated, I love the idea of tracking and recording both positive and negative behaviors, but I found it taking too much time to implement.

Suggestions for Improvement: Since we are a 1:1 technology device school, I would allow the student to give their own points. I would prefer they were only allowed to see their avatar and would not have access to any one else's. I would also like to be able to monitor the activity of the student. For example, "Richard awarded himself a positive point for helping others at 1:22pm on 4/9/14." I would like this activity to be printable as well. Accidents can happen so I am also hoping the kids will be able to go back and edit any points given as well as the teacher possessing the right to override sections as needed.

Verdict: I love the idea behind this recorded behavior management tracker but I found it inconvenient to use. I had to pull up the site, which interrupted the lesson since we use a lot of technology during our lessons. Then, I had to scroll in search of the certain individual and choose between the positive and the negative side. I still wasn't done because at that point I had to choose which particular reason they were being given the points, which I personalized to our classroom (I actually liked the fact that I could personalize the reasons). I did not want to give generic reasons because then my records would not be a reliable source of data. In addition to the time I was wasting searching for students, the whole class would be fixed to the screen to check and see how many points their and their friends have. This started lots of off topic conversations and I had to reel them all back to the lesson at hand. Some of the teachers suggested using the app but that was just as bad. I was scrolling through a bunch of similar looking avatars, searching for a particular name and would at times hit the wrong avatar because I was in such a rush. The class would be able to hear either the positive or the negative ding, but would wonder who was getting, again causing a lot of off topic conversations. Lastly, the end of the day is always crazy and I hardly found the time to print out much less pass out the reports for the parents who did not have the app, did not sign up for the site, or simply do not have a computer at home.

Dan, Ed Tech Coach. School Type: High School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Classdojo is a fast and simple tool for tracking the behaviors of individuals in a group. Each time an individual performs a specific behavior you click on their icon and then the behavior. To top it off, you can customize the behaviors, so the tool can be adjusted to fit the needs of your classroom learning. The behaviors can be positive or negative, though in my experience reinforcing positive behaviors has made the biggest impact. The tool also allows you randomly select a student and then track how they respond. Tracking behaviors with Classdojo is tailored to how you guide learning. The final piece, and in my opinion the most important, is that all the data you track can be shared with others. Parents can be sent updates on their student's behavior. Classes or individuals can be visualized over time to show how behaviors have changed. You collect the data in a way that reinforces student behavior, and Classdojo does all of your data crunching and sharing for you.

Strengths: This product is fantastic at providing a fast, non-distracting tool for tracking student behavior that teachers can use without disrupting the flow of learning in the classroom. It also is a great tool for facilitating and track random calling on students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love to see a method for arranging the students by a seating chart. If that were added I would also like to see a way of integrating the tracked behaviors and other data such as girl/boy as a factor in creating balanced groups and seating. Finally I would love to see the integration of a badge or achievement system for the students. Something where the Teacher sets behavioral goals and then students can work to achieve them. This could lead to real-world rewards in the classroom for badge achievement, etc.

Verdict: I recommend it because it empowers Teachers to reinforce positive behaviors in the classroom, while providing them actionable data that can be shared with admin and parents. Best of all it is free.

Lourdes, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I use ClassDojo on a daily basis. I project class dojo at the beginning of the period so students can know how many points they have at the beginning. Before the bell rings for the end of the period I projected again and students see how many points they received for that day. The most important part of class dojo is that students get to see how their classroom behavior is graded in class. Students are aware of how they are doing. Parent receive their codes so they are aware of their child's behavior. I like the way that students are my school only need one code for all of their classes rather than 8 different one.

Strengths: This program solves misbehaving problems in the class because once a specific student sees that his or her score is not improving there is a dramatic change. Is an excellent way to communicate with parents because they would know their child behavior daily.

Suggestions for Improvement: It is difficult to find is classdojo is in Spanish. I tried to log on parents and we were not able to find any info. I am currently teaching ELD classes and all of my parents are Spanish Speakers. I would like for Classdojo to update automatically when using different devices on a PC. I use. My cell phone and I have to go to my computer and updated manually. I would also like for you to add more avatars so students have more options to choose from.

Verdict: I would recommend this product because it is a good way for students to know their behavior and parents to see it also. I also used class dojo as an incentive because at the end of each period they are receiving a prize. My prizes are simple and by looking at the website I obtained other ideas on how to thank them for having great behavior.

Diana, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I use Class Dojo as my classroom management system and for parent communication through Class Dojo Messenger.
Students earn and use up points each day by displaying certain behaviors and at the end of the week record their point balance. They then are able to spend their points on items sold in the class store.

I also send and receive messages to/from parents and address student concerns on a timely manner and Dojo allows me to keep documentation of the communication.

Strengths: What it does very well is document student behaviors and parent communication. I just finished the 3rd week of school and I already have a student on a behavior contract because of the number of times he disrupts instruction and/or is off-task. I contacted parents through messenger and I was able to refer to specific dates, times and behaviors that the student had demonstrated. It solves the problem of having to spend time trying to recall student behaviors before contacting parents.

Suggestions for Improvement: One thing I'd like to have available is the undo option on my app. I make mistakes and am not always using my desktop. I'd like to be able to add notes in the report view along with the time stamp. The reason for this us to provide more details regarding a behavior. The third thing I'd like to see changed is a point option. I gave use of restroom during class time as a behavior simply to track students' whereabouts and for parent awareness. I want to be able to award the behavior, but without it taking a point away.

Verdict: It is a huge time saver for teachers, students love it, and it works!

Michelle, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I use the product for classroom behavior management and to contact parents. I really enjoy the parent contact capability. It allows easy and instant messaging to parents. My students also enjoy it and monitoring their behavior. It makes them aware of positive and negative behavior they have throughout the day.

Strengths: The visual representation for the students is excellent. I like that I am able to alter it for my classroom needs. I teach elementary so I love that I don't have to keep charts or pull cards. I can give parents direct feedback. It help if I have students with a consistent behavior. This works as evidence piece for SST or any other meetings I have with students. I am not looking for behavior data. It is all in my place.

Suggestions for Improvement: One thing I would change is to have parent letters in Spanish and an explanation in Spanish. I know more of my parents would sign up. The video for the students is great and I think one for the parents would be excellent also. Also, please in literature let the parents know it is free. I work in a low-income area and parents think it something they have to pay for.

Verdict: First, it keeps a record of student behavior that you are able to use. Also, it an excellent behavior management tool for the classroom. Lastly, you are to instant contact with parents. It is an excellent communication too.

Samuel, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use ClassDojo to keep records of academic and behavioral progress in my class daily. In the case of positive behavior, the students can be rewarded for earning a certain number of positive points. For poor behaviors, I have a log of them so I can speak to the student and their parents with concrete examples to try and improve their behavior.

Strengths: ClassDojo looks very easy to use. I love that parents can check up on their kids' behaviors in real time without having to ask the teacher for that information. I really live the new feature in which teachers can take a picture of good behaviors (following instructions properly for a lab experiment, for example) and post it to ClassDojo for the parent/student to see later.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish there was a way to set up students' names as a seating chart. It would make recording behaviors even quicker. Also, The possibility of uploading student photos next to their names would be wonderful as well.

Verdict: ClassDojo is great because it allows teachers, parents, and students to monitor children's behavior in REAL-TIME! It isn't just used in a negative way either. Students can earn positive behavior points which they can earn and redeem towards prizes set by the teachers.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I use this product in my classroom to monitor student behavior. Students receive positive points when they are doing correct behavior and negative points when they have broken a class rule. Students earn positive points to earn their recess time and earn a treat at the end of the day.

Strengths: Students love it! It is very easy to operate and does not really take extra time out of the day. It allows me to address student behavior issues without stopping class. I like that you can choose a random student and award multiple points at once.

Suggestions for Improvement: After resetting bubbles the program often takes about 15 minutes to start working properly again. Whenever I give a point it scrolls back to the top of the page. I would like it to keep all students names visible at all times. As it is now the last line of student names never shows. I wish their was an android app.

Verdict: My kindergarten students really love receiving positive points. When they see that someone else has gotten a point they immediately correct their own behavior. When points are given it has two different tones for positive and negative points which notify the students without creating too many interruptions.

Griselda, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I use it as my primary classroom management tool to keep track of how well my students are keeping up with classroom and school behavior expectations including applying academic effort, completing classwork and homework, collaborating with peers, and displaying digital citizenship. I use it to communicate with parents by printing reports and connecting with them through the messenger app.

Strengths: I love using the messenger app to communicate with parents because it's as easy as sending a text. I love that I can send them pictures too! The random tool is a great way for me to call on students or to monitor them without them knowing that I am going to call on them. I love being able to add comments to their behaviors so that parents know specifically what they are doing in class, and it can be positive or negative feedback.

Suggestions for Improvement: I love that the iOS app is working great now with the update! Thank you! I can't think of anything else that would make it better at this point.

Verdict: I think it's a great tool for all teachers and it gives parents the opportunity to always know how well their students are doing.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would keep track of all student behavior with Class Dojo. Whenever a student does something productive or counter-productive, I would reward or alert them with Class Dojo. I believe Class Dojo will replace all kinds of low-tech class discipline systems, making class more productive and fun, and bringing families into the loop more, as well.

Strengths: Super fun, easy interface! When I'm walking around my classroom, having Class Dojo on my cell phone or tablet will make it a breeze to keep track of student behavior. Did they do their homework? Are they supporting one another? It'll be much better, I think.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would integrate Class Dojo with other LMS's and software. I would let students add their own icons (although the current ones are excellent, too). I would add more assignment tracking.

Verdict: Class Dojo can really improve class functioning. Students quickly know when they're behaving in productive ways, and when they're off-task. I'm sure this will also save lots of teacher time. And it will make it easier to keep parents involved in their children's education and personal development, as well.

Gaby, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School

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Usage: I use class dojo every single day! My kids love it and take ownership over their classroom behavior because of it. I also give incentives... For example, if a student reaches a number of points by the end of the week, then they get to visit my "App Store" and get a treat (erasers, pencils, stickers, etc).
I also love the new messaging feature and have had a lot of parent communication because of it... They love it as much as the kids.

Strengths: Behavior issues are easier to resolve when we can take points away and reward them back when the student makes better choices.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Students are constantly asking me for "how many points do I have?" Because they can't see their total points at home. 2. A friendlier trouble shoot page... I searched for items and had no results. 3. If a parent has issues with class dojo... They receive a message that says to contact the teacher instead of class dojo help team.

Verdict: To encourage positive behavior school wide.

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