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This week's ICT tool is Classdojo!
Classdojo.com is a tool that enables you to set up your own online classroom. Each student is assigned to a monster and every little monster can earn and lose points. The teacher can determine what kind of actions will receive points (for example by performing well in group work) and what kind of actions will cause a student to lose a point (for example when a student talks too much). Classdojo keeps track of the students' scores and of their class average. Through this, good behaviour is rewarded, while you also pay attention to unwanted behaviour. Most students perceive this as very motivational and try their best to score as manu points as possible!
The results on the website can easily be shared with parents, teachers, and the students themselves.
Instead of trying to keep track of everything yourself, you can also choose to let a student reward points (e.g. during your instruction). In this way they don't only focus on their own behaviour, but also reflect on their peers'.
- Internet conection
- Very motivating for students
- Allows the students to reflect on their own and each other's behaviour
- Easy to use
- Doesn't work for all students (it works best for younger students)
- It 'occupies' the projector, so nothing else (like a PowerPoint) can be shown.
Have you ever used Classdojo? Please leave a comment!
Any suggestions for another ICT tool? Please let me know!
Irene van der Spoel (1996)