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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.
If you're looking for a new classroom management system, and would like to control your class from your iPad, then ClassDojo is a great way to go. ClassDojo allows you to go to the ClassDojo website, create an account, and from your account you can go ahead and add students. With students added, you even have the ability to choose an avatar or a small picture to represent each student. Once the students are built into the system, you can then control the entire class from your iPad. Here on my iPad, I've downloaded the ClassDojo application and logged into my ClassDojo account. I'm going to go ahead and choose one of my classes, which is chemistry.
When you're ready to start a class, you simply click Start Class and here I have a list of all of my students in the class. You can also see the avatars that you are able to add to your students. Now by default ClassDojo uses a variety of monsters, you can also add something called critters. If you look at Scott down the corner he is actually a critter. Critters are more of a two dimensional verses the 3D monsters. In addition using the ClassDojo avatars, you can also upload your own avatars for you own students. The pre built-in avatars may not be appropriate for older grade levels. Once you've started a class, you now have the ability to give students both positive and negative consequences.
Here, let's say that Andy was on task. I'm going to select Andy and now I have a variety of things that I can award him including Creativity, Teamwork, Persistence, Helping Others, Hard Work and even an On Task button. Now notice when I awarded Andy an On Task behavior he has a small green 1 that appears next to his name. In addition to this visual representation on my iPad, if i was logged into the ClassDojo website on my computer, I could also set it to have Andy's name appear on the screen being projected to the rest of the class. It will also play a positive chime to let the rest of the class know someone did something positive.
But let's say that Alan is off task. If I select Alan, I can go ahead and say you know what Alan you're off task and he'd going to get a red circle with a negative 1 to it. Now, these circles are tracking the net overall performance of each student. So, for example, I can go back to Andy, and let's say that Andy was being disrespectful later on in class. I can give him a disrespect consequence. And you'd see right away that Andy's bubble went away, meaning he's at par or zero. Now that doesn't mean that him and Ash have the same scores. Andy has a positive and a negative, and Ash currently has nothing.
The other thing that's really nice about Classroom Dojo is you can choose to award multiple students. For example, I'm going to choose Jolie, Kristen and Marina. Let's say they're working in a group, and their group is really helping each other, so I want to given them the crown icon, which is helping each other. You notice all three of their bubbles automatically went up one. And every now and then, I love giving the entire class an on-task behavior, especially if we're doing group work, and the entire class is on task. To do this, I can choose the Select All in the top of the screen, with everyone selected, I can go over to On Task, and give the entire class an On Task behavior.
And you notice Alan, that was negative one is now at zero. I'm going to go ahead and add a few other behavior just so we can take a look at what happens after class is over. Okay. So at this time I've gone through and I've added a variety of consequences and awards to different students. At the end of class, I'm going to hit the back button in the upper left-hand corner. Here what I can now do is check the reports. I have the ability to go through and see the class overall in terms of what percent were we on-task versus off-task. I can also look at each individual student. From the ClassDojo website, I also have the ability to email these reports to parents.
It's a powerful way that parents can receive information on a daily basis about their student's behavior. If I click on an individual student such as Andy Basset here, I can get the break down of his class. I can see that he was 40% positive and he had a variety of off task behaviors, but also some on task behaviors and one disrespect. This report that we're viewing is very similar to the report that the parents would receive if you chose to email these. In addition to individual students, I can also look at the class as a whole. At the end of class, it's very powerful to bring this up and show your entire students, hey guys, we were only 65% positive today.
And let's take a look at why we weren't 100% positive. At the bottom we can see we had a lot of off task behaviors, but you know what? We also had a lot of students that were being persistent. At the end of the day it's a great idea to set some class goals for tomorrow. Hey guys, why don't we shoot for being 80% positive tomorrow. That way the entire class is working towards a class goal. As you head back out to the homepage, I also have the opportunity to reset the bubbles. Now, as of right now, if I were to restart the class, the bubbles would still be there which is great if you're an elementary teacher. If you have the first half of your day and your students come in, you can track their behavior, but maybe you want to track their behavior all day.
You don't want to reset even though maybe they went to lunch part way through the day. Or you can keep your bubbles going. However, at the end of the day, you probably want to reset those for the next day. And you can do that simply by coming into Edit Bubbles, selecting all, and clicking Reset Bubbles. We'll confirm that. And now everyone in the class is back to zero. I hope you enjoy exploring the ClassDojo application, and that it can be a great tool for you and your students.
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