I am a proud Buncee Ambassador and I recently created this uses for Buncee EDU in a special education classroom for my wonderful contact, Chris. If you are a sped teacher or a teacher with a special education student in your classroom (many general education teachers are), please take a look:
Mr. Clayton Here...
ClassDojo Intro (for the few educators that don't use it)
I have used ClassDojo in my class for the past two years and my students adore it. ClassDojo is a 100%, completely free, classroom behavior management tool on all platforms that gives students points according to behaviors or whatsoever the a teacher can customize it for. Teachers can project class dojo, customize points, sounds and most everything else on the site to their liking.
ClassDojo is also a parent messaging system, similar to Remind, in which parents can connect using a private code and message back and forth with the teacher. Once parents are connected they can also track student behavior progress.
My Students love the monster and critter avatars provided by the site, which they can customize when they sign up for the student version, or they can use a picture or image from the web to represent their "dojo-self." They can also track their own behavior and point progress for personal use. This can be helpful for everyone that sets learning goals; ClassDojo sets up a system to assist with behavior goals, which could be monitored by the student throughout the week in order to increase focus.
ClassDojo is used by thousands and classrooms around the world and is my one of my favorite edtech tools. And now it is getting better:
Groups = better Collaboration
ClassDojo has added something amazing to their already amazing class tech tool, groups!! Now teachers can set up students into groups in order to coordinate an online seating chart and give group points!! Points can be given to the group as a separate point just for the group and/or one point can be given to the individuals within the group.
As a special education teacher, groups are a very important part of my day and ClassDojo has just made behavior management in those groups ten times easier. In the common core classroom, collaborative grouping of students is key to success; therefore general education teachers will find groups to be a lifesaver. Think of how this could be used for Kahoot.it. Ok maybe competition wasn't the point, however ClassDojo groups will be a great addition to my classroom.
Teamwork and collaboration are key components in creating a successful learning environment for students and ClassDojo is there simply to help teachers complete this task while keeping students engaged and focused. I believe this is a company that is out there to assist educators, parents and students have a better academic experience. I want to thank Jenna and the whole ClassDojo team for listening, responding and evolving an already awesome edtech tool!!
For more tips on how to use ClassDojo in your classroom check out the Community page. For even more ideas search ClassDojo on Pinterest.
PS: ClassDojo is planning on releasing another update in the coming weeks, so look out for another blog post... and have a great school year everybody!
PPS: Look for my intro to ClassDojo during my session @ Miami Device in November; there will be SWAG!!
We love our global visits with educational entities!!!
Mr. Clayton here...
Our virtual field trips have been amazing, to say the least. I have loved (probably more than more than my students) travelling to Switzerland, South Korea, the Mojave Desert, Malaysia, Komodo Island, Indonesia, Israel, Thailand and Cambodia via Google Hangouts, Connected Classrooms, GeoShow and my coding elective hangouts with CEO's.
I love sharing and hope that you and your students can enjoy our trips as well. Check out our list on Youtube of the few recorded trips we have been on (more to come in the future):
A Big thank you goes out to The foos, codemonkey, Geo Brandon and all of those that have made our awesome VFTs possible! Thank you for giving me your time!