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In Summit Reflections, educators review tools that they have seen at an EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Summit Reflections can only be completed onsite at the event; reviewers are incentivized to leave reviews.
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, EdTech 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.

5th grade mathematics and science, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, Project Based School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I use the randomize feature to select students to engage with questions in class and then reward their efforts. I also use it to reward on task behavior and keep a record of off task behavior.

Strengths: I like the randomize feature and I like that students can select their avatar. I like that I can add categories and that this product keeps a log of behaviors.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like a reset button because I may begin using these points as a basis for a token economy

Verdict: I use it. Those points are motivating for students and help them engage better with the curriculum.

Tyech Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: Behavior

Strengths: Immediate feedback
User friendly

Suggestions for Improvement: Resetting infi

Verdict: It made an immediate difference in my class's behavior.
The students became more aware of their behaviors and bought in to the system

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use it for daily monitoring of student behavior. I would use it for incentives and punishments. I would use it for report card grading. I would use it to send bi-weekly reports for all students, and daily reporting for those students on behavior contract.

Strengths: monitors student behavior. makes recording and reporting of that behavior easier. makes parent monitoring of their child's behavior easier. not all parents have the tech required to monitor the system. ALSO for second language learners, is there an option to print reports in other languages? This is huge. I can send reports to parents, but with a 100% ELL population and only 10-20% of parents who can read well in English, this limits the reporting function.

Suggestions for Improvement: Reporting in Spanish - translation. The reports are limited for my population at the moment. Expanded text features (most parents have at least on Smart phone) would help. Reports that list positive/negative BUT also breakdown the occurrences. EXAMPLE - within negative report - "180 incidences - 20 of which were hitting, 25 were out of seat, 45 were off task, 12 shouting out.... etcetera". For whole class functions and individual students. breakdowns of weekly, monthly, and year to date report so I can monitor growth. EXAMPLE - in the following week 120 incidences - 10 of which were hitting, 20 were off task, 35 out of seat, 15 shouting out... Color coding of graphs and charts would be awesome as well. This will showcase improvement. I had to hand write and record this type of behavior plan. Change the icons or have more options. Monsters are cute, but class pictures or other cartoon type icons/avatars would be fun.

Verdict: I would definitely recommend it, I know that my sister has started to use it this year. It was recommended to me and is much easier than a paper and pencil method, a clip system, or a points board which I already use. I am excited to start using it, but I am also concerned about the device/infrastructure in place. It lends itself to an Ipad or tablet, but my chromebook is set up as the main computer for my monitor. I would like to regularly display points being given or taken away throughout the day, but lack the adaptor. This is an easy fix, but Apple doesn't seem to have the connection/adaptor on sale for the iPad that the school bought 3 years ago. There are other ways to keep students up to date. They can check into their account at the computer lab, which we visit every day. I would recommend this program to other teachers at my school, and district, but I know other teachers are not tech savvy, tech aversive, or arfe less likely to monitor behavior in this way. From experience, I know that it is worht the investment of time, for better classroom management, but others may not feel that way. I wonder how this would show up at the secondary level. The icons are geared toward elementary, and secondary teachers have multiple class rosters.

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

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Usage: In my classroom, this is how I track student behavior and assign cooperation scores on report cards. Everyday my students get an automatic 3 positive points for showing up. If students break our classroom contract, they receive negative points. If students go above and beyond our classroom contract, they get additional positive points. Because it is based off points and daily, weekly, and monthly reports can be run, it takes the guess work out of assigning cooperation grades. No longer do I, as a teacher, have to think about the student behavior when it comes to report cards. It is all layed out for me. If a student has 85% or more positive points, the student earns an E for excellent and so on.

Additionally class dojo allows students to access their behavior reports at any time. Students can see if they are talking too much, using academic language, or are helping others. Students can reflect on their own behavior using tangible data.

There is also a parent log in. Parents have the same access to their student's behavior. This eliminates the continual question of "How is my student doing in your class?". It also provides hard data to have conversations with parents, students, and administrators. No longer can student's say "I never talk", when you have data that is contrary.

Strengths: The component that allows students to take charge of their own behavior and reflect on it is the best part of ClassDojo. Classdojo also takes out the guess work when assigning cooperation grades on report cards. As a teacher you have data to back up your grades. Parents, students and administrators can view this data. It is very hard for parents or students to say "That teacher just doesnt like me, that's why they gave me a unstatisfactory" when a teacher has the data to back it up.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to link student accounts. At the middle school level, our whole team of teachers uses ClassDojo to track student behavior. But since the student accounts are not linked, it is hard to students to determine which classes they need to improve in, and which classes they are doing well in. as ClassDojo stands now, they get an overall report. I would like students to see their results by class.

Verdict: I think the best part of ClassDojo is the ability for data driven student reflection on behavior. Students are able to see their own data, and can reflect on what they are doing well, and where they need to improve. Additionally from the teacher standpoint, it is very easy to update in real time - especially if you have a tablet or mobile device. The last feature that I think is amazing is the parent component. Parents can view their student behavior at all times. This is just one more level of connectivity between parents and teachers

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

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Usage: I used Class Dojo to keep track of student behavior. I would give points for students being on task or completing tasks. I would take points if students were off task, talking, etc.

Strengths: The fact that students can change their avatar is engaging to students. It really personalizes it for them and I feel that they have more buy into it that way. It allows you to adapt the behavior to the specific needs of your classroom. The new features that allow teachers to text parents is great! It can take the place of that recess time phone calls for missing homework or behavior.

Suggestions for Improvement: The biggest problem I had while using class dojo in the past is the consistency of my using it. It would be great if there was a way it could send an alert if you have not awarded any points in a specific range of time. Also, if it could give the ability to send daily reports home instead of weekly for those students who need a daily report.

Verdict: I would recommend this program because it can be easily adaptable to any behavior system already in place. It does not necessarily have to supplant what schools already have but it definitely can supplement. Teachers can easily print a report for students to take home and see how much of the day/week they are on task and how much they are off task. Teachers can use it on their computer or use the app. Students hear the ding when points are awarded/taken away and instantly modify their behavior.

Technology Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this to reinforce positive behavior with my students. I would also utilize it to communicate with parents regarding progress and challenges.

Strengths: It allows me to tsar get specific behaviors that are less visually obvious. For example I can award points for enthusiasm, positive attitude, or persistence. It also provides real time auditory reinforcement.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) ensure that every teacher has access to the same child to add or subtract points. I am one of 7 specialist teachers, so it would be helpful to allow each students home room teacher to see their students behavior in my class and every other specialist teachers class. 2) I would like it to include more audio cues. It would be nice if I could train the students to differentiate a participation cue from a listening cue. I think with younger students they need more help in identifying what behavior is specifically being praised 3) I would rather the messages be sent or forwarded to my email rather than a text messaging system. It seems like it might invite parents to be too informal or cause communication issues.

Verdict: It's not clear how well it can be utilized across teachers who have the same students. For example, can I as the technology teacher award points to the same avatar as the students home room teacher? Or would I need a separate avatar for the same child in each classroom setting?

David, Physical Educator. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I use it to take attendance for my place to keep personally (when I remember, trying make it routine). I also use it to randomize asking questions of students.

I keep track and activity levels throughout the class (I teach PE).

I'm attempting to use it as a communication tool with parents (working on getting parents on board.

Strengths: It helps monitor student behaviors real well, giving them almost immediate feedback on their behaviors. It helps address the problem of classroom behaviors when fully implemented, and provides parents with data that is up-to-date and current. The new messaging feature also allows for communication with parents in an easy to use format, and with immediate knowledge of which student they are contacting you about.

Suggestions for Improvement: There needs to be a "do not contact" feature. Having parents/students using the messaging feature during off hours/middle of the night expecting an answer back. If there was some feature that allowed for an away message or something along those lines.

Verdict: The students seem to be very excited about the avatars. I teach 9th grade and it was very interesting that as old as they are they still liked it. Students get feedback about the points they get or and taken away. They know specifically which actions caused lead to earning or deducting of points.

Jill, Second Grade Team Leader. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I used this with a student teacher showing me how. We used it to help train the second graders to be independent workers during small group time.

Strengths: It is great for training students in, to work quietly and on task., See above answer/ students love positive reinforcement. Even though I personally have not shared this with a parent, I love that you have that capability.

Suggestions for Improvement: I have not used this capability, but does it work on an ipad as well? I like the idea of a touch screen displaying multiple dojos and you can just click on the one you intend to add or subtract from. It would be nice for a screen that maybe highlights the students that are not being tracked much by teachers, to aide in equality., I love the way it works now. Possibly different character features for older grades. However, the sixth graders still loved the dojos and loved that they could personalize them.

Verdict: I would advise for it, especially in an elementary school it kept students learning scholarly and even had a system to send it directly to the parent. Fun! fun! Fun!, The students loved the sound as a reinforcement, so they would get right back to work thinking they were possibly earning points. Students love the positively cute icons.

Paige, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I used it to manage students' behavior during transitions and times when their homeroom teacher was not with them. Parents and students had login information to access behavior progress. Students who had the maximum points or most improved at the end of the week would receive an external reward. All bubbles would reset on Monday of a new week.

Strengths: I loved the students ability to change their Dojo. I also love that parents and students have their own log-in. I think that the sound attached to the behavior is another positive reinforcement which would be helpful for students who prefer auditory learning. It's easy to use on an iphone.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish there was a behavior that could be created specifically for one student. I also wish there were different sound options that associated for different behaviors.

Verdict: I would recommend it as a consistent way to monitor student behavior in all classrooms. It would help eliminate poor behaviors of students who may spend only 30 minutes with a specials teacher each day. It would also be beneficial for other staff members recognizing student behavior outside of the classroom that can be seen by the homeroom teacher and parents.

7th grade science teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, College Prep School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Class Dojo is a great website/app that allows the teacher to monitor and share information about their class. It also introduces in a positive reward system in the classroom that is easy to manage and provides real time feedback to both parents and teachers.

Strengths: It keeps parents, teachers, and students in the loop. Students can track their points. Parents can see how their child is doing in school in live time. Teachers can track behavior patterns of all students.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Access to other classes for teachers whose students switch classes.
2. Banner web that can stream class progress while still teaching to make the program more visible.
3. Different interactive formats that would appeal to upper elementary of middle school students (I like the current interface but my middle school students would see it as too infantile).

Verdict: The program allows teachers to track and record student behavior in the classroom. It's an easy management system that students and parents can access.

ELA teacher, School Type: Middle School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I would use it in my seventh grade ELA classes to encourage students to participate and behave in class.

Strengths: Gives students positive and negative feedback to students.
You can print and email reports to parents about students positive and negative behaviors. This is a great benefit!
You can award multiple awards at once.

Suggestions for Improvement: Make it less elementary or create a separate product geared to middle and high school students.
Create an app that could be used on iPad.
Create a "store" where students could purchase things online with their awards.

Verdict: Middle school classrooms would benefit from this type of program, especially teachers who do not have adequate classroom management.

Lisa, Librarian/tech coordinator. School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use this to improve classroom management and behavior. I would also use it to increase class participation.

Strengths: It would allow for positive rewards and share data among staff to correct behavior. Teachers would be able to enter and share immediately behavior.

Suggestions for Improvement: Create graphics for middle school. Need ap for iPads. Create an online rewards system.

Verdict: It could be used school wide and students would all have the same expectations.

Coach, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use it to encourage appropriate behavior, homework completion, class engagement, class participation, and communication with parents.

Strengths: Positive feedback.
Communication with parents.

Suggestions for Improvement: A different version for middle and high school.
Characters seem too immature for secondary.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it gives feedback to students. Also, students get noticed for doing the right thing...positive reinforcement.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I would use it to encourage positive behaviors in the classroom

Strengths: It is engaging to the students.

Suggestions for Improvement: It's a pain to carry the phone around. Don't know how to fix that one...
Find a way to keep it visible during the day.

Verdict: It is easy to use. You need a smartphone. It is difficult to display it all day.

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I tried to use this product to track student participation and student progress instead of using my paper and pen that's constantly marked up according to student seating chart. I always mark when students are participation, mark random called students and students who actively participate.

Strengths: This product solves time for teachers who want to track student progress, have an actual holding space for the participation given in class or even behavior modifications (in case those rosters/papers are lost), but also to provide communication to parents.

Suggestions for Improvement: I feel that creating a Dojo class is overwhelming for teachers and students if you have 200 students. I also feel that tracking participation via ClassDojo isn't as effective at the high school level and I wish there was another way high school teachers can track with ClassDojo that doesn't seem as elementary as it does right now. Lastly, not all high school parents want to nor have the access to ClassDojo via communication. It would be awesome if ClassDojo linked with things like TeleParent or emails that way when a teacher wants to send a message to parents, it can be through an avenue that's centralized rather than ANOTHER USERNAME AND ANOTHER PASSWORD AND ANOTHER APP they'd have to get.

Verdict: I would recommend ClassDojo to teachers who want to use their phone or table to track student participation but I would advise to teachers that it seems to only cater to lower level teachers (k-8) rather than high school teachers.

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Usage: Class Dojo is great for reinforcing behavioral expectations.

Strengths: Class Dojo is a great product - visually appealing, fun, generally positive. You can easily share the data you gather with parents. Students love the avatars and getting points.

Suggestions for Improvement: It's still too much of a hassle to use Class Dojo with high school. Even though you can tag multiple students, I could see getting tired of giving negative and positive rewards after a certain point in the day, which would then lead to some classes getting more points than others. There needs to be some thought as to how to make this work if you have larger, high school classes. They need behavioral supports as well, and would enjoy Class Dojo, it just doesn't feel manageable.

Verdict: It's awesome, but it is a bit of a hassle if you have multiple periods. Best for elementary.

Sarah, 5th Grade English Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use this as part of our behavior and character program. Students get merits when the display character strengths that we have identified as our core values-- kindness, excellence, purpose, joy, wisdom and community. Instead of getting a "demerit" that is labeled "talking, we would label negative behavior as "off value" behavior... the opposite of kindness--> meanness.

Strengths: Customizable behaviors are great. I also like how teachers can minimize the window and simply use sound to encourage or discourage student behaviors.

Suggestions for Improvement: We need to be able to create a "character report card" and identify trends in our students. The reps at the ClassDojo table did not know anything about a data compilation, or dashboard capability.

Verdict: There is not an administrative dashboard. We need to see how students are doing on a school wide level.

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