Class Dojo: Engaging Positive Classroom Management

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Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for classroom management.

How: Teachers create classes and student accounts.  Students can create their own avatars and earn points.  Teachers can use their computer or a smartphone to address student behavior in the classroom.  Students will recognize the positive point and negative point sounds over time.  Students will strive for positive behavior to gain points and badges.

When: Teachers can use Class Dojo throughout the entire day.  The addition of the app allows teachers to address behaviors while escorting their class through the hallway, or outside at recess.  Class Dojo takes the classic behavior scale on the wall and digitizes it.  Teachers can also use the program for parent communication.  Another option many teachers do is reward the class when they reach a certain point total.

Class Dojo is a great tool for teachers at all grade levels.  While the avatars may seem geared towards younger ages, older students will enjoy the “game-like” atmosphere this adds to the classroom.

Introduction video from Class Dojo:

Memrise – Engaging courses for students and teachers.

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Who: Teachers and students looking to extend learning and supplement classroom content.

How: Memrise uses the freemium model.  Teachers and students can sign up for a free account in which they can log in and take courses.  The courses also feature “mems”.  These are visual clues created by users to help remember answers.  There are many different courses available, including basic languages, GRE vocabulary, and SAT/ACT vocabulary.  The premium version ($9/month or $59/year at the time of this post) gives the user data to help with focus, best times, and difficult words.

Teachers can also create groups to utilize their free multimedia flashcard game.

When: This would work great as supplemental material for classroom assignments.  Memrise would also function well as a booster for students in need of extra help.  Memrise would also be great for extended lessons for students who would like to work ahead. This would also work really well for students and parents that are looking to continue learning throughout summer break-time.

About Memrise:  Memrise was created around three principles: Science, Fun, and Community.  The founders of the website are experts in “Brain Science”.  The program engages the user with quizzes that make them feel like you are playing a game.

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After trying out the course in German (a language I studied years ago in high school), I found myself engaged and wanting to do more.  At this point I decided to try a course I knew nothing about, the Korean Alphabet.  In less than 5 minutes, I found myself engulfed in learning a new language, even if it were simply the alphabet.

This program is great as schools are heading into summer break and would be something to recommend to your students.