Friday, October 26, 2012

What Works in Tech Tools: Spotlight on ClassDojo for Classroom Management

With the thousands of ed-tech tools available to teachers, it can be difficult to find those that work well and complement teaching strategies. It takes a lot of time to research and integrate, and for teachers in cash-strapped schools, access to some technology is completely out of their reach. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the co-founders of ClassDojo, had the tech limitations of many public schools in mind when they designed the free service, a behavior management tool meant to reduce the amount of time teachers spend trying to get students’ attention. Classes need just one device—an interactive whiteboard, a computer connected to a projector, or tablet or smartphone. ClassDojo works on three principles: *Build positive behaviors through positive reinforcement — basically “catch kids being good” and use specific praise to call out good behavior. *Real-time feedback is the most effective at improving and changing behavior over a period of time. *Any tool focused on behavior must engage parents as well. more

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