Monday, February 18, 2013

Class Dojo Tutorial

I know we looked at ClassDojo in class, however, I liked this tutorial in YouTube I found. He reviews how to get started and perform basic functions but also demonstrates some interesting features the site has to offer like downloading the report as a PDF, customizing learning behaviors and resetting the class points. Check out the four minute video. (Recorded by a man with an entertaining accent.)


As I was looking at Mandy's blog and her post about Superteachertools, it reminded me of this app that was shared at a technology meeting we had earlier in the year. At the time you had to pay for the app, but they offer free versions of it. The app is called Groupinator and it is great for organizing you students, randomly generating student names or making random or pre-selected groups. You can upload students or create students for different classes and add their pictures. Below is a 4 minute tutorial I found on YouTube on how to get started.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Class Dojo
Class Dojo is a web 2.0 tool that stumbled upon recently and wish I had found earlier, as I would have definitely used in as a 3rd grade teacher.  Once you create an account, you may add your students.  From there you (or they) may select avatar/monster characters. The site is excellent for classroom management. It allows you to reward students by adding positive praise when they exhibit behaviors you would like to reinforce.  This also works for documenting negative behaviors, such as calling out, disrespect, lack of effort, etc. It is a simple tool that looks to be helpful in keeping track of student behavior in class. It could also be shared with parents, as you may print out "report cards" that keep track of how they have been performing.