A little less than a year ago, I reviewed a site called Class Dojo, a free website that teachers can use as a tool for behavior management. You can see my original review here. Now, Class Dojo is offering an app for iDevices (with an Android app on its way). Since my original review, Class Dojo has now added features for parents and students to access the accounts as well. When students access it, they can create their own avatar, which will easily keep them occupied for awhile! (Please be aware that, for the students to register, they must enter their birthdate and an e-mail address. If the birthdate reflects that the student is younger than 13, than the prompt asks for a parent’s e-mail address, so permission can be given for the child to have an account.) As far as I can tell, Class Dojo is planning a portal for parents to view their children’s progress, as well, but it does not seem to be up and running yet. Class Dojo is a fun and useful tool for teachers that seems to be getting more robust. Hopefully, it will continue to be free!
Two days ago, I posted a couple of documents with QR codes, which lead to ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. These codes could be used as a Christmas countdown, Winter Break countdown, or a way to count the days to any other type of celebration. Yesterday, I posted QR codes to Classroom Coupons. These coupons do not have to be used in any particular order, and there may be some you don’t wish to use at all. Again, they could be used for the above purposes. Or, you could cut them apart and put them on cards in a classroom Treasure Chest, or distribute them as student gifts before the Winter Break. Another way to use them would be to print out the pages to post on a wall, and cross out each code as it gets used.
For yesterday’s QR codes, I used a site called http://www.tagmydoc.com. I highly recommend it, as it will host your document and provide you with a QR code for it (for free). You can even download the document with the QR code stamped on it. HOWEVER, I realized, somewhat late, that my district has blocked this site at the moment – at least through our iDevice network. So, if you encountered the same problem, I apologize. I am busy revising that set of docs so that it will lead to a Weebly site, and will try to post the revision later this week.
Today’s QR codes are for parents to use at home. Personally, I will be using these, along with the Random Acts of Kindness ones, in my daughter’s Christmas countdown calendar. But, you can pass this along to anyone who might want to use it for their own creative ideas. There is a Winter theme, but it is secular. To download, just click on the links below:
UPDATE 9/23/12: Class Dojo now has an app that allows you to easily access your classes to add and subtract points from your iOS mobile device. Click here for more info!
Class Dojo is a website that also has a mobile platform, meaning that you can access it from a classroom computer, laptop, smartphone, or any other device with Internet access. The purpose of this site is behavior management, and there are several features that would make this a great teacher tool. Once you receive the link (you need to enter your email in order to obtain a free account), you can then enter the names of your students. If you have multiple classes, you can enter each one separately. To increase the appeal to the students, you can even choose an avatar for each individual name. Then, you can type in the names of the targeted behaviors you would like to reward. There is also a column for negative behaviors.
Once you have everything set up, it is a simple matter to click the mouse or tap a screen every time a behavior is observed. The site keeps track of each student’s tally, and you can even print out a report of the class behavior or each student’s performance.
This is a great site for classroom management, making it easy to differentiate and to motivate a variety of students.