The App for July is ClassDojo.
What is it?
ClassDojo is an app that helps teachers to connect with students and parents. Teachers can get parents engaged by sharing photos and videos of classroom activities, and messaging them directly about their child’s progress. Students can also showcase their learning by adding photos to their portfolio. Teachers can also encourage students for developing certain skills, such as ‘working hard’ or ‘helping others’ – but all skills can be customized! To make learning more fun, each student can pick their own monster avatar.
Why this app?
Through sharing photos and videos, as well as teachers being able to easily communicate with parents through direct messages, ClassDojo helps build a community between teachers, students and parents. Positive feedback from recognizing different skills motivates students to work harder, and having a portfolio called allows students to showcase. ClassDojo can also be used to facilitate classroom activities through tools in the Toolkit, such as Think Pair Share that lets students to collaborate on a challenging problem. The app also allows students to draw on photos, which can be useful for labeling diagrams and saves printing worksheets.
Toolkit – Built-in Features to Facilitate Classroom Activities
Easily display the directions of a class activity so students don’t forget.
- Group Maker
This random-generator allows you to divide students into groups fast.
Set the mood with the perfect classroom playlist.
- Noise Meter
Inside voices only! Now you can show students just how loud they are.
- Think Pair Share
Use this to get students to quickly partner up to tackle a problem.
No more randomly picking a student volunteer. Let ClassDojo pick a student for you!
Have a time limit for a question or activity? Set a timer.
Have an announcement of the day? Use this fun feature.
How does it work?
- Sign up for a free ClassDojo account at https://www.classdojo.com/> as either a teacher, student, parent or school leader.
- If you wish to use the mobile version of ClassDojo, download the mobile app on the Apple store. or on the Google Play Store.
- Once you are signed up and have created a class you can add skills. To add a skill:
- Open your class then go to Settings and edit Class
- Click the Skills tab then click Add Skill
- ClassDojo also has a helpdesk if you have any questions about how to use the app.
What is ‘ClassDojo’?:
Update your Class Story to easily share important moments and updates with all parents. ClassDojo even provides read receipts, so you can know who has seen your posts. The ClassDojo app is available for download on the Apple store or Google Play Store.
What do you think?
Tell us if you like this app, or if you don’t, tell us what app you use instead. Figured out another way of integrating the app into learning? Tweet us @UBC_ETS! We’d love to hear from you.