ClassDojo simplifies the communication between classroom teachers and their students’ parents. Teachers and parents download the ClassDojo app, teachers send the parents a confirmation number and they are instantly connected. Teachers assign each student a fun “monster” avatar and can give instant feedback, positive or negative, to the student simply by clicking on it. Many teachers choose to project the teacher site on the board and students can see when a teacher clicks on their avatar to note behavior.
Teachers also have the opportunity to share messages and pictures with parents throughout their day. No more waiting for back-to-school night, open house, or teacher conferences. Teachers and parents have an immediate means of communication, teachers can message en masse or individually. ClassDojo even offers translation into 35 different languages, so no one is left out.
Students love the monster avatar, which the teachers is able to customize for each child. ClassDojo offers immediate feedback. The app includes positive reinforcements for teachers to select from including: helping others, on task, participating, persistence, teamwork, working hard, and an option to add more. There is a “needs work” option where teachers can create their own class rules to show students when they are pushing the limits. Students can watch their avatar average a “green” percentage for positives or “red” for those needs work moments. Parents don’t have to wait for notes home informing them of their student’s behavior, they simply open the app and can see exactly when their student earned a positive or a needs work moment.
ClassDojo now offers lesson plan ideas with short videos to teachers on how to use the app to teach Growth Mindset: the “I can do it!” attitude, perseverance, empathy, gratitude, and mindfulness. More than just a communication tool, ClassDojo can help create a culture of learning within the classroom with everyone involved.