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Classroom Dojo gives you a lot of control over how you want to structure your class. In this video, we're going to take a look at a few of the advanced features as well as talk about how to run classroom Dojo from a handheld device. Here I'm at my Classroom Dojo homepage, after I've logged in. To start a class, I'm going to simply go and click on Start Class. Now you'll notice that the bubbles on our students from the last class are reappearing. The reason is, these bubbles will actually stay with the students until you decide to reset them. For example, if you're an elementary teacher, you can end class to give students a view of what they did the first half the day.
Then you can restart class after lunch, and continue to work to the end of the day. Or, if you're a teacher that wants students to have a view of their entire week, you can also go through and run class with the bubbles the entire week, and then reset them for the next week. It really depends on you and your students, and how you want to structure your class. Even though the bubbles have not reset, Classroom Dojo is tracking hour by hour the behavior of the students. So even if you leave your bubbles the entire year, you can go back into your port section and look at how students did both hourly, weekly, daily, even monthly.
To take a look at a few of the advanced features, let's go and click on the Settings tab in the left-hand corner. The first thing we can chose to change is the avatar size. General rule of thumb, if you have younger kids they're more interested by their avatars so we can make it nice and big so the can really see their name. If you have older students you might want to make it a little bit smaller. Also depends on your class size. If you only have seven or eight students in your class, then you might want to have them nice and big just so it helps fill up the screen. The next thing you can change is your point bubbles. By default is has a combined value. Meaning, if a student has two positives and one negative, their bubble's going to show a one, or the net value of those two.
I can also choose to have separate totals. This is going to give each student, two bubbles. They're going to have a postive bubble, and a negative bubble. For my own class, I like my students to be able to visually see whether they're in the green, or in the red. So I like to leave it as combined totals. I can also show award notifications for either positive or negative. For some classes and for some students, having their name appear on the screen when they're given a negative consequence has an undesired effect. So you can actually choose to turn that off so that students in the class are notified when someone does something positive. You can also choose to turn the sounds on and off for both positive and negative.
For our students, right now they're being sorted by first name. If you'd like to you can also choose to sort by last name. If you click this button you can see that the students behind this window are automatically rearranged by their last name. Unfortunately, Classroom Dojo does not yet have the ability to move them into a seating chart, but from what I hear, that is in the works and might be coming down the road. And the last thing we can change it to display students overall, overall positives or overall negatives. I'm going to go ahead and chose, overall positives, and you notice now that I only see students that have no scores or positive scores.
If I chose to overall negatives I'm now only seeing students that have negative scores. This is more of a teacher function that allows you to quickly come in and view what students are doing well and what students might need some additional reinforcement that particular day. I'm going to go and turn this back to show all. And we'll save changes. One of the nice built-in features to Classroom Dojo is the ability to randomly select a student to answer a question. To do this, I can click on the Random button in the upper navigation Classroom Dojo quickly goes through and selects a student and then automatically brings up the awards or negative behaviors that I can assign to this particular student.
So if I ask Rose a question, and Rose at least attempts answering the question, I can go in there and give her a participation credit. There's the positive reinforcement sound so Rose knows that she was recognized for attempting to asnwer the question. The next thing we're going to look at is how to run Classroom Dojo from a handheld device, such as an iPad, an iPhone, or an Android. By going to the iOS store, or to the Android store, you can download the ClassDojo application. I'm going to go ahead and flip over to my iPad so we can take a look at how to run class from an iPad. So here on my iPad, I've gone ahead and downloaded the Classroom Dojo application, and I've logged into Classroom Dojo using my regular teacher username and password.
The first thing I can do is I can select my class. Let's go ahead and go back into our chemistry class. It automatically opens up with all of my students. As you can see, I can quickly scroll through and select students. Maybe Matt just answered a wonderful question, and I'm going to go and select Matt. And I'm going to say, you know what Matt, that was a really creative answer, and I'll give him a creativity. You'll notice you heard the sound in the background. That sound is actually being played through the web browser. While I can access Classroom Dojo with the device, and I don't have to have the web browser open, by choosing to open the web browser and be logged in to Classroom Dojo there as well, I'll still get the sound playing through my computer.
That sound was not through the iPad. The other thing that I can do, is I can choose to randomly select a student the same way we did before here on the iPad. If I was projecting the Classroom Dojo website on my screen, my students would actually see the same response, the same flipping of students and landing on Wendy that they saw prior. And also, if I choose to scroll over and award Wendy a participation, students would see Wendy's name appear on the screen, and they'd also hear the sound being played through the computer. So the syncing up of the application with the website is a powerful way to continue to control your class, but not feel glued to your computer.
I can also choose to select the entire class. And I love to do this when students are working and the entire class is on task. I'll select everyone and I'll say guys, I'm so proud of you, the entire class gets an on task. You'll notice that every bubble went up one point. I hope this classroom management system can be a great tool for you. For any grade from 9th grade up, I would recommend not using the avatars that are pre-built into Classroom Dojo. For my experience, students seem to think that it's fairly kiddish. If you are in elementary or lower middle school teacher my students love, absolutely love the avatars that are pre-built in.
So you really need to figure out how to make this work for your class. Even in the high school level, students seeing their name and the positive and negative sounds seem to have an impact to how students view their behavior in class. But you want to make sure your structuring Classroom Dojo to be appropriate for your grade level. So best of luck as you implement this in your own classroom and I'll see you guys next week.
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