ClassDojo is educator management software that allows teachers to do a better job communicating with parents and students. When the student enters a class run by a teacher with this software, they can create their own avatar and customize this avatar however they want. The way the tool works is that a teacher can give points or take points away from students based on their behavior within a classroom. The teacher can then create goals or track specific behaviors such as the disruptive kind.
ClassDojo can also track how well the student participates in class, how well they stay on task, how regularly they turn in their homework, and more. The teacher can then use their tablet, smartphone, or just a full computer to award points or dock points based on these kinds of behaviors. They can also send reports directly to parents so that the parent can stay up to date on how their children are learning and how everything is going. There’s also a way to put the points of all the students up on a smartboard so that everyone can track them.
The only thing that parents tend to worry about with this software is that it doesn’t become the only way that teachers communicate with parents or students. It works well for making sure parents are generally informed, but it works less well for everyday interactions. In other words, it’s still important for teachers to provide emotional support. This means smiling at students who do well, giving them positive feedback like telling them good job, and more in that vein. ClassDojo is at its best when it’s used in a supplemental way combining normal classroom interactions with the kind of information and feedback that the software itself is capable of delivering to people including parents and students.
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