There be monsters part 4

This year I’ve made a concerted effort to make use of class dojo (www.classdojo.com) in my junior classes. It is a website that contains a behavior management system, letting you reward students for good behavior with points and graphicsdisplayingonwhatever screen you have at the front of the class. It can also award demerit points, though i try to focus on the positive reinforcement.

There is also a mobile version of the site that you can open on a smart phone or iPad so that y of can reward students as you walk around the class. Getting students to reward themselves for doing the right thing is such an effective activity, especially when using game-based activities that require the accelerated feedback and reward cycle.

Anyway, after using it for a bit, I started checking out the community that has built up around the website, and even posted a suggestion on their feedback forum. Within 24 hours I had an email from one of the site developers and now I have a Skype call to California booked in for early tomorrow morning to discuss the idea in more detail.

After being ignored in my efforts to engage the developers of chorewars.com, it’s nice to be using a website that has such active developer involvement. Will update again after the call tomorrow.

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Filed under Gamification, Quality Teaching, Teaching strategies and resources, Technology in Education

2 responses to “There be monsters part 4

  1. Hi Cameron – thanks again for taking the time to chat yesterday – the team really liked your ideas and we’re looking forward to implementing them as quickly as possible!

    If anyone who comes across this post has any questions for us or needs help getting set up, please do not hesitate to reach out – hello@classdojo.com 🙂

    • I appreciate the opportunity to have some input into a very useful tool. It’s great that the development team are so actively involved with the community of users of the site, especially for a free tool like Class Dojo!

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