ClassDojo is the fun-named digital platform that works to connect teachers, students, and families in and out of the physical classroom by using a feed of photos and videos as well as messaging.
While a photo and video feed from the classroom to parents and guardians is popular these days, and certainly not a unique service, the messaging part is a little more rare. ClassDojo specializes by offering a decent messaging service with built-in translation for up to 35 languages and a rating system for monitoring student progress.
ClassDojo is free, allowing teachers and schools to access the service without worry of charges, ever. ClassDojo also allows teachers to share work and learning ideas. It's an ideal option in a time when remote and hybrid learning is still being embraced on a bigger scale and can sometimes leave students who aren't in the room feeling left out.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about ClassDojo for teachers, students and families.
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What is ClassDojo?
ClassDojo (opens in new tab) is digital sharing platform that allows teachers to document the day in class and share that with families via a web browser so that nearly any device can access the content – from a simple smartphone to a laptop computer. As long as it has a browser, photos and videos can be viewed.
ClassDojo's messaging service is another big draw since it allows parents and teachers to communicate through commenting on photos and videos and messaging directly. The translation service that offers more than 35 languages is a great tool since it allows teachers to enter text in their native language and have all parents and guardians read it in theirs.
ClassDojo allows teachers to work with the class remotely too, including to provide activities for students, deal out classwork, and share lessons. Students can earn Dojo Points based on their conduct, letting teachers use the app to foster positive student behavior.
How does ClassDojo work?
Teachers are able to use their smartphone or tablets to take pictures and videos in the classroom to share using ClassDojo. This could be a photo of a completed piece of work with grades, a video of a student explaining a task, or perhaps a hypothesis written for a science lab.
Teachers can assign activities to students in the form of videos, test, images, or drawings. When students submit the work, it is then approved by the teacher before being published on the profile, which can then be seen by the family. These tasks are then saved and logged, following the student from grade to grade, to provide a broad overview of progress.
ClassDojo is also for use in the classroom, assigning positive values to the class and as areas that need work. For example, a student might get a positive, such as "good teamwork," but then may also be given a needs-work notice for no homework, say.
Behavior is rated with a number that the teacher can pick, from one to five points. Negative behavior is also weighted on a scale of minus one to minus five points. Students then are left with a score on which they can work to improve. It also provides an at-a-glance score for both teacher and parents to track student progress.
Teachers can populate their class roster in the app manually or by pulling in names from Word or Excel documents, for example. Each student profile then gets a unique monster cartoon character – these can be assigned randomly, for ease. Teachers can then invite parents by printing and sending invites, or via email or text, requiring a unique joining code.
What are the best ClassDojo features?
ClassDojo is a very easy-to-use platform, with the teacher page divided into three sections : Classroom, Class Story, and Messages.
The first, Classroom, lets teachers track class points and individual student points, and to generate reports. Teachers are able to dive into the analytics here, viewing the attendance report or whole-class behavior metrics. They can then filter results by time and view any in a data donut or spreadsheet.
Class Story allows teachers to post images, videos, and messages for parents and guardians to see what's happening in class.
Messages lets the teacher directly communicate with the entire class, individual students, and parents. These are sent either as an email or an in-app message, and parents can decide how they wish to be contacted.
The family's access is possible via the website or the iOS and Android app. They can also view the data donut with child behavior metrics shown over time, as well as the Class Story, plus engage through Messages. They can also view multiple student accounts, ideal for families with more than one child at the same school.
For students, access is possible through the website where they can view their monster profile and see the score based on points they earned or lost. While they can view their own progress over time, there is no access to other students as this is not about being competitive with others, but rather with themselves.
How much does ClassDojo cost?
ClassDojo is free. Totally free, to download and use. Seems hard to believe but the company was founded with the vision to give every child on the planet better access to education. This is something the company is committed to offering forever.
So how is ClassDojo free? Part of the company structure includes staff dedicated specifically to fund-raising so that the service can be offered for free.
ClassDojo Beyond School is another option, which is paid for by families. This offers additional experiences and does support the costs of basic free service. Paying for this gives families the chance to use the service outside of school, creating feedback points for working on habit-building and skills development. It is available as a seven-day free trial and can be cancelled any time.
ClassDojo has no third-party advertising. All class, teacher, student, and parent information is kept private and not shared.