Tag Archives: classroom management

Pave the Way with ClassDojo!

5 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 9.10.45 AMClassDojo is a fantastic management tool that can truly transform student behavior in your classroom.  Their mission is to help teachers improve behavior quickly and easily.  Teachers can use ClassDojo’s website or one of their mobile apps to capture and generate data on behavior that can be shared with par
ents and administrators.

Each student will have their own monster avatar and teachers can award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time.  Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer one click is all it takes to record behavior data.  Kids can receive instant notifications and teachers can share reports with families.  ClassDojo Messaging is another cool feature you’ll want to check out.  It lets teachers communicate with parents quickly and easily – straight from a mobile device.

I’m so excited to announce the launch of a brand new video that shows ClassDojo in action!  Listen to these stories and see the benefits of this customizable classroom tool:

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 9.04.08 AM

Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and check out their teacher community for more stories!

 

 

Kibbtz.com for Student Behavior Data

17 Aug
imageKibbtz.com gives teachers the power to manage their classroom in a fun and easy way.  This platform automatically collects the data educators need to support students.  Created by a former teacher, Kibbitz allows teachers and school administrators to make behavioral support decisions based on data. It keeps track of data on student behavior – both positive and negative.
Screen Shot w default pictures
With Kibbtz teachers can quickly build reports for conferences and team meetings that address student performance by having meaningful data on student behavior.  This platform works for individual classroom teachers or in schools where students are serviced by a variety of educators.  Teachers have the option of adding notes when they enter different behavior, and there are tools built in to make sure there is a balance of positive reinforcement.
.
Kibbtz is free for teachers and optimized for mobile devices, and they’re even offering weekly prizes for their active users.  Check out their website and blog for more updates and teacher tips for using Kibbtz in the classroom!

 

Completely FREE Management App for 1:1 iPad Classrooms

11 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 8.53.39 PMOtus is a terrific management tool for teachers in one-to-one classrooms who want an easy way to keep track of student work, provide opportunities for collaboration, and so much more.  I’ve had the opportunity to share Otus with my readers and webinar attendees and want to highlight one of the fantastic aspects of this powerful app – Otus is completely FREE for students and teachers.

With Otus teachers can keep track of participation, send notes to students, and take attendance.  They can also recognize student behavior by awarding points and group students.  The bookshelf feature lets teachers organize folders of resources to share with students – this can be done for whole class, individual, or create groups of students.  Otus gives teachers the power to create, assign, and grade assessments.  It is also simple to share these assessments with colleagues who may wish to use the same one or modify it for their students.
Bookshelf

Share AssessmentIn my work curating resources for teachers I’ve come across plenty of great products that have some features for free and others that ask users to sign up for a subscription.  Otus is a social enterpriseIts mission is to level the playing field by making technology easy-to-use and more affordable for all school districts. This business model means that Otus will always be free with no advertising or sales.  It’s hard to believe it but they have the funding to provide this resource to teachers completely FREE!

Visit their website to learn more!

App Update: ClassDojo’s Shared Classes

24 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.38 PMClassDojo is an app that I recommend to teachers all the time!  It’s a fantastic classroom management tool that can be used at all grade levels to keep track of student behavior data and make it easier to keep families informed. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.33 PM

This week they’ve released a new feature you’ll want to check out.  ClassDojo will now have Shared Classes so teachers can collaborate when gathering information.   For team teachers who share students or middle school teachers who see different classes throughout the day, this new update will definitely come in handy.

Learn more by visiting their website!

12 Apps for the One iPad Classroom

9 May

You don’t have to be in a one to one iPad classroom to integrate this powerful tablet into your everyday routine.  Here are just a sampling of some great apps to use with your one iPad:

  1. Spinner (instant decision maker)Image
  2. iTunes U (curriculum material)
  3. Word Clouds (whole class discussions)
  4. MyScript Calculator (checking student work)
  5. Science Channel (accessing video clips)
  6. Pocket (keep track of PD articles)
  7. Scholastic Book Wizard (scan and search book titles)
  8. American History Clips (find the perfect video)
  9. Stream Reading (keep track of conferences)
  10. Aesop’s Fables (classroom read aloud)
  11. Book Writer (create class anthologies)
  12. Number Line (modeling for students)

If you’re teaching in a one iPad classroom – check out my course “Teach with Your iPad: Instruct, Assess & Manage Your Class with a Single iPad” (it’s 50% OFF!)

Class Charts Whole School is Free for Teachers

17 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.22.15 AM

Earlier this year I shared Class Charts, the behavior management tool for creating seating charts in your classroom.  They have recently launched Class Charts Whole School which uses student behavior profiles to create seating charts.  This happens automatically thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that monitors behavior trends and identifies which students are in need of interventions.  Now teachers using this free program can manage behavior in real time and synchronize their class’ data with the whole school.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.22.28 AMClass Charts Whole School gives your school community the opportunity to reward good behavior for students in every grade.  Not only could this lead to the development of a school rewards store, but this program can be part of a school-wide effort to promote good decision making.  Class Charts lets teachers have a visual of student performance and data ready to share with parents, service providers, and administrators.  Check out their website to learn more!

Pick a Student

28 Nov

There are so many  classroom management tools that I love and here’s another. iLEAP Pick A Student makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use this free app to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions.  Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!

Check out this common core aligned lesson where this app could be used during discussion time!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson where this app could be used during discussion time!

%d bloggers like this: