ClassDojo has been transforming the classroom into a community like atmosphere. School story and class story are already available features where the teacher can share the work or classroom experiences with the parents. Now, ClassDojo has added yet another cool feature, Student Story. This features acts like an online portfolio for students, allowing them to catalog and share their work. The ultimate goal is to allow them to reflect on the success and need for improvement within their own work.
Student story intends to build confidence within the students by sharing their work with their parents and taking pride on improvement. ClassDojo is a widely used app, where it is used in 2 of 3 classes, and has helped to build change from the ground up. Using individual mobile devices, student can access Dojo with just a QR code to post or capture moments during a lesson. Teachers remain moderators, so they have to approve the posts. Students enjoy taking part in documenting the classroom experience, and parents are thrilled to be so connected to their child’s education. It has given parents a sense of empowerment. Students are able to keep their precious projects without fear of losing them and track their progress.
Class Dojo is a free mobile app that can be used on lap tops, mobile devices, and desktops. They have a web site connected to the app, so those who do not have a mobile device can access it. It is easy to use and free for teacher and parents. All the teachers need to do is type in student names and customize the behaviors. If the teacher wants to focus on preparedness, then they may create more behaviors about having materials or homework. Easy to use pre-made templates and features help to ease the burden off teachers and create a connection between the classroom and home.
This app creates a positive culture within the classroom, encouraging open dialogue between parents and teachers. It helps to eliminate surprises during those infrequent parent teacher conferences. Teachers are able to reach parents quickly with information and other matters, and parents can rest assure that they are receiving the information.
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