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.