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Class Dojo

Discussion in 'Primary' started by LizR, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Does anyone use this Behaviour Management system in their school?
    Does it work and what are its good and bad points?
    http://www.classdojo.com/
    Thanks everyone
    Liz
     
  2. I did have a look at it a while ago, but it means leaving it up on the IWB whilst children are working. I often leave information/SC/activities etc. up on the IWB and so couldn't see how this would work.
    Looks good, though!
     
  3. @elizabeth - Hi, Kalen from ClassDojo here. Just wanted to check in and let you know we are working on addressing that issue! Soon we will have a desktop app that will allow ClassDojo popups to show up over other programs! Let me know if you have any other suggestions :)
     
  4. Leicester_Vics

    Leicester_Vics New commenter

    I love it! It was the only thing that worked for my unruly bunch!

    However, my work laptop was recently reformatted to get a different version of windows on it (think it was being changed from vista to xp) and since then I can't get the site working.
    It keeps asking me to download the google chrome frame. It takes me to the website but every time the download bar seems to run for hours and then not actually download. Not sure what I can do as I really need it working again!
     
  5. Thanks for the replies.
    To work well it would have to be visible over other programs running on an IWB.
    A friend has told me that it works on his laptop at home but not when in school - similar to you leicester vics. I suppose it could be blocked somehow.
    Thanks again
    Liz
     
  6. @Leicester_Vics - Kalen from ClassDojo here. Shoot me an email at hello@classdojo.com and we'll get that solved for you! :)
     
  7. We love it. Use Google chrome. It saves all the passwords etc and Classdojo can be set as home page so it takes you straight in. It can be minimized until needed
     
  8. Tried it at school but it doesn't work.
    What a pity as it does at home and looks good!
    Liz
     
  9. I had a look and it looks really nice - the only thing is that I feel like I would spend more time going to/from the laptop to allocate points than I would working with my focus group/teaching.
     
  10. @LizR - Kalen from ClassDojo here. Shoot me an email at hello@classdojo.com and let's see if we can get it working :)
     
  11. We started using it at the beginning of the term and the kids love it. I downloaded the app to my phone so we can add awards when we're out of the class!
     
  12. Calamity54321

    Calamity54321 New commenter

    I tried to get the app on my iPad so I could add points without getting up from my focus group. I've installed the app and it worked once but now it loads the start screen and switches off a few seconds later. If you can get it working it looks fab though!

    I keep the website minimised when I do IWB input and switch, add a point, and switch back when I get good input/listening from pupils
     
  13. Snoopy1975

    Snoopy1975 New commenter

    The kids ALWAYS remember if you've given them a point. I think it is great and I use it as a memory aid too - mine doesn't work so you have to help me at the end of the lesson.
     
  14. I'm part of a research team investigating teacher's use of classDojo, particularly for students with SEN. We'd be extremely grateful if anyone would be willing to share their experiences of using classDojo with us through this survey:

    docs.google.com/.../viewform

    We intend on sharing the results with classDojo and will of course feed them back to this community.

    Thanks everyone,

    ~Daniel
     
  15. Can anyone explain what it is exactly? sounds interesting!

    can you get a trial without being commited to signing up?
     
  16. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    Love class dojo! Can't recommend it highly enough. I only use the positive points and don't do the whole taking them away thing.
     
  17. I tried it and ditched it. It's a hassle to constantly update points, and I can't help but feel I am training the children into some Pavlovian response thanks to the little ding of the bell for +1 point.
     
  18. kash645

    kash645 New commenter

    I have just had a look at this(never heard of it before) and I really would like to try it, particularly as I have a 'lively' class next year. I think that my class would love it, providing that it works in school. I'll try it out and let you know! We currently have a Golden Time system, which, I feel, is quite dated and isn't really working. Same children lose Golden Time each week and I feel that it's all a bit negative. I need to turn it on its head next year and class dojo may be a way of doing this!!
     
  19. Becky711

    Becky711 New commenter

    I've been using it since just before Easter with my year one class and I'm finding it effective. I really like how you can set the criteria for points. I have the volume up high and put points on when the children are working, lining up or if they're being difficult on the carpet. The points noise makes them all sit up like meerkats! I do agree with Llama Farmer that is feels a little Pavlovian at times, but with my class I need very obvious rewards as other strategies haven't worked. The threat of - and actually - losing points is also effective but not as effective as rewarding positive behaviour. I've found dojo really effective with a few very challenging children too. The child with the most points at the end of each week gets to take home one of our class mascots for the weekend so there's an incentive for points. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with points if you're teaching, but I often just write them down and make a big deal of putting them on later.
     
  20. taracull

    taracull New commenter

    I've been using this since the beginning of the year and I've noticed a big difference in the children's behaviour. I also give opportunities for the children to have 5 minutes to be the person giving out points (usually just in he morning) and I have made table groups also. At the end of the week, the person with the most dojo points gets to pick a prize from a list of things such as - pick your class job for the week, be the person giving out dojo points one morning, running a class game, being in charge of a class incredibox mix etc etc. Table groups get a similar prize. I like giving table groups points more so than individual points because then there is more of an even spread of points across the whole class and the table members help each other out with being more organised and focused behaviours. The only thing I find hard, particularly with SEN children, is they can get quite upset if you don't notice them or give them points. Also, other teachers will often give children points outside of our classroom for helping at lunch etc and then I spend time having to add points all the time. Apart from that, I've loved my first time using it and I'm thinking about how I'd do it differently and better for next year.
     

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