ClassDojo Back to School Update (Surprise to the nth Power) 

Who wouldn’t fall in love with ClassDojo? If you happen to be hibernating for a while…then you must be wondering who or what the hell is ClassDojo!! It’s an app that helps teachers to manage their classes. Please visit my introduction about ClassDojo here.  

Surprise to the nth power because every year the ClassDojo team never fails to give magical powers to the teachers. It just gets better and better each year!! Yay!!

So here we go with the surprises…(drum rolls please). 

Surprise #1. Introducing the “Toolkit” 


Most of the tools that we use in our class are now in one place. From the Noise Meter, to Timer, to Random which is now called Popsicle Sticks to Group Creator which I like the most. 

Check the image below to know more about these tools…

Surprise #2. Student Stories Updates
Last year, I only used Student Stories to post student’s work and Term grades. This year, I want to let them take ownership of their digital portfolios. Epecially now that they can annotate their photos, add stickers/borders, and add journals too. 

For those of you who are new to ClassDojo or don’t know what a Student Stories is. It is a student-led, digital portfolios for the classroom. Student Stories replace boxes and binders of students’ work with beautiful, simple digital portfolios that are shared between school and home, sparking meaningful conversations on what students are learning every day. (Source: http://www.classdojo.com/studentstories

The following are the 2017-18 Student Stories updates:

1. Post with any app: students (and teachers!) can post photos and videos to their Story from other apps directly, or by uploading from the camera roll. “App smashing” becomes a reality!
2. Any device: students can post from any device: iOS, Android, Chromebooks or web

3. Easy and secure access: no need to remember usernames or passwords – students can log in instantly by scanning their secure class QR code

4. Journal entries: the easiest way for students to reflect on their work, they can now create written journal entries

5. Draw and annotate on photos: students can add more context to entries with drawn or typed comments

6. Record and upload videos: students can record and share video up to eight minutes in length, or upload saved videos from other apps

7. Drawings: when words fall short, students can let their inner artist shine by creating a drawing all their own!

8. Filters, frames, and stickers: students can add a dash of fun to their posts, creating portfolios as unique as they are

9. Voice notes: students too young to type? All they have to do is speak into their device and add a voice note to their work. 

Students are able to start adding to their own Stories from a shared classroom iPad or Chromebook immediately as part of the ClassDojo app. For more information on Student Stories and ClassDojo, please visit: https://www.classdojo.com and https://www.classdojo.com/studentstories.

 

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ClassDojo Ambassador

This year was an awesome year with ClassDojo as I am now Thailand’s ClassDojo Ambassador. 

I feel very fortunate to be chosen here in Thailand. This is such a big role and responsibility but I am ready! ClassDojo team is very supportive to all its users and most especially…the teachers! 

I can’t wait to spread the dojolove!! 

Khop khun ka ClassDojo 👍🏻

  

ClassDojo Surprises

This is about the recent features that CD added to their tool. 

1. Quiet Hours – Oh! I love this feature very much because it can inform our parents that we, teachers are human beings like them! That we need quality time with our family/loved ones, and we are not nocturnal mammals. 

How to do this? Click your profile, then select Push Notification, then select your preferred time.

 

This is how it looks like to a parent.

 
 

This is how it looks like on our end.

 
2. Notifications – Like Facebook, we have now a notification button. Here, you can see who liked your Class Story posts, which parent is now connected, etc.

  
3. Experimental Features – I am not really sure if this experimental features are for just a certain amount of time or so…but I like it! You can post your goal points of the day/week, have a banner to post something positive/encouraging or topic of your lesson, and a full screen feature 🙂 

Aren’t all these awesome? 

Sign up and give ClassDojo a try! You won’t regret it! 

Clipboard to ClassDojo

Here’s my top 3 reasons why I totally switched from Clipboard chart to ClassDojo

      1. Easy as 1,2,3! 

  • Just a simple tap for a positive (ding!) or negative point (dong!)
  • Weekly or monthly behavior points is available using pie chart or a spreadsheet.
  • Parents communication is very convenient. 

        Here are some of the positive feedback I got from our parents: 

  Dear Fritzie

It is a very effective tool to communicate between us and i am very happy to use it,it is also working as a reminder for students to what they have to do after school for next days.  

My best
Saboori

Hi Teacher Fritzie,

I think ClassDojo is a great tool. A good way to check on child’s progress without bothering teachers all the time. The messages are a good way to receive feedback and notifications.

Thanks

Carolyn

Dear Teacher Fritzie,

I like ClassDojo, I love that I can see some update on —– in each class and very convenient to communicate with teachers and school, though I still have to get use to it more as not sure if this is just for school sending me information or if I can also asking questions about my daughter through this tool, I have to google how to use ClassDojo! 😅 However hope you keep using this application for next scool year!

Sarina K.

      2. Ms. Forgetful No More!  

    •  I don’t forget to award or deduct points anymore because I always have my phone or iPad or my laptop with me. When I move around the classroom, ClassDojo is just a click away! No need to go to the opposite side of the room and adjust the clipboard. Besides, the students are more engaged!

            3. ClassDojo Team Rocks! 

    • Jenna, Manoj, Sam, Liam, Matt, Frances to name a few…the whole CD team is the most supportive, available team I ever met (hopefully I can really meet them personally)! You have a question, you have a problem, send a message and within 24hrs or less…they are ready to help you. 
    • ClassDojo teachers, especially my fellow mentors are the best!

             You’re all awesome!! 

      ClassDojo Inspired Classroom 

      Hello to all the teachers out there! As you all know I am very excited to use ClassDojo’s new features next month. I was also inspired by my fellow CD mentors on how they will use those cute monsters inside their classroom.

      Anyway, this is what I’ve done so far…our Classroom Rules!!!   classroom rules monster

      Here’s a Welcome banner with the Dojo monsters 🙂 

        

      Almost ready for next week classes…here’s the final product of my classroom. 

        

      I also shared the ClassDojolove to our teachers during the Teachers’ Meeting.

      All the new teachers have signed up! Yay! I’d like to thank all my fellow mentors for the inspiration and of course the ClassDojo Team for supporting teachers like me. 🙂   

      ClassDojo’s Class Story

      ClassDojo team doesn’t stop from making our lives as teachers fabulous! From the latest Group Feature, now they are introducing Class Story!


      This is something like a Facebook wall. It was at first called a Class Wall but as we know, the CD team always involves the teachers so it was renamed as “Class Story”.

      Class Story is the easiest way to share photos of the class’ experiences. I can’t wait to use it in my class for the coming new academic year. The good thing about this feature is that it has a read receipts, so we as teachers know if our message went through. It is also private as only parents who are connected to your class can see the Class Story. 

      I actually tried it using my son’s ClassDojo (yes, I use ClassDojo at home). This is how it looks like…


      This will be available through the CD App on any iOS, Android, and website. This is still on beta phase so for more information and to request access to Class Story, please go to this link: https://www.classdojo.com/classstory/

      ClassDojo: “Group”Feature

      I had the privilege to be one of the teachers who tested the “group” feature before the launch this Tuesday.  I was really excited about this because I do a lot of cooperative learning in my class. I’m really glad that CD team are doing a lot of things to improve the system for  us…teachers. 

      Here’s how it looks like using the web:  


      Using the app: swipe to the right and you will see the grouping feature 

          

      How to add?

      • Choose a group name or ask your kiddos to give a name for their group later on. 
      • Select the student’s name for that particular  group. 
      • Click “create group” 
      • Repeat the same process until you’re done grouping all your kids. 

      This time, awarding of points to a group showing teamwork is easier. Select the group name and taddaa… + dojo points! 

      Additional update:

      Have a parent account aside from your teacher account? 

      —– You can now switch from one account to another without logging out!!! Yay!

      How? Click your profile, then click “switch account” found at the bottom of the screen. Then, there you can add your parent account. 

          

      Thanks to ClassDojo team!!! 

      If you want to know more about ClassDojo and this feature go to https://www.classdojo.com/groups/