Website Review
ClassDojo

Handy online tool helps teachers track and manage student behavior

  • Teachers can create multiple classes.

  • When awarding or docking points, teachers can choose from a variety of positive and negative behaviors.

  • Teachers can display student avatars in order to track progress.

  • At the end of class, teachers can show a whole-class report.

  • Teachers can view or display each individual student’s progress and send this information by email to a parent.

Quick Take
Pros: ClassDojo provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations and includes an easy way for teachers to share this data with parents.
Cons: The effectiveness of the tool for learning depends on how it is used.
Bottom Line: ClassDojo can provide teachers with a simple way to track student behavior in the classroom, help students set behavioral goals, and communicate this information with parents.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

With its bright colors, fun avatars, and associated sounds for earning and losing points, ClassDojo appeals to the senses of elementary-age children. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Teachers could find this a useful way to help students better understand their strengths and weaknesses. However, it can also be used as a rewards and punishment tool. Its learning capacity depends on how it is used by the teacher.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The website includes FAQs and examples of how the tool can be used, as well as an informational video for students.

Our Review
What's It Like?

ClassDojo can help individual children as well as an entire class identify areas for improvement in their behavior and set related goals. Teachers set the behaviors, and goals can be based on schoolwide systems or areas identified by you. You can use the mobile app (iOS and Android) to give points from anywhere in the room, which frees you up to move around while providing feedback on students' academic efforts or on behaviors from critical thinking to kindness. The reports feature can be used at the end of a class to show students where their behavioral strengths and weaknesses are.

Is It Good For Learning?

According to the online reviews and testimonials on the ClassDojo site, many teachers have found a complete transformation in their classrooms after implementing the tool. At the same time, ClassDojo may not be for everyone. Its design has the feel of a carrot-and-stick approach to behavior management, so you may find it doesn't match your classroom management style or teaching philosophy. In addition, its effectiveness depends on how you use it.

How Can Teachers Use It?

You can create different classes and add students to each class. Each student is assigned a "monster" avatar (not pejorative, we hope). The avatars can be customized. Teachers then input the behaviors and skills they want students to display, such as being on time, participating, or working hard. Students can earn points by behaving the right way.

When teachers click Start Class, the student avatars appear as a list on the screen. Each avatar has a number next to it indicating the number of points that student has. These numbers are green when they're positive and red when they're negative. You can award points through the computer or by using the app on your phone or tablet. If you feel it might be effective, the cute student avatars can be projected onto the board.

At the end of class, teachers can display a summary of behavior point totals for a class or by individual student. These reports can be emailed to parents, and parents and students can log in with a personalized, secure code to view their progress from home.

Watch this video to see more ways you can use ClassDojo:

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