What is ClassDojo?
St. John Bosco uses ClassDojo to create a secure communication platform that teachers, students and families can use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom and home through photos, videos, and messages. It has a reward component and a communication system.
We use ClassDojo from Nursery all the way through to Year 6. It is secure and personal to our school and provides information in an easy to use format similar to Twitter and Facebook.
ClassDojo Portfolios are digital student portfolios that allow students to share classwork with their teachers and family! Students can add to their portfolio using Chromebooks, laptops, and iOS/Android devices. Teachers can view and approve student work on Portfolios using any device! Students can create and upload photos, videos, drawings, and journal entries through ClassDojo, and can also upload Microsoft Office files, PDFs, and image files from any laptop. Teachers can also assign projects directly to student devices to which students can respond. Parents and teachers can leave positive feedback in the form of a like and/or comments.
Stories are instantly updating streams of messages, pictures and videos similar to a Twitter-style timeline. Every class and school has their own Story, all of which are shared home with parents. School Story helps teachers to share with all families connected to their school while Class Story helps teachers to share with all families connected to their class.
Messages allow teachers and parents to instantly message each other, without needing to share phone numbers or contact details. Messages can be translated into 35 different languages, and "Quiet Hours" lets teachers set away times so parents know when they are not available. Messages sent out of hours will not be seen by the teacher until the next working day.
Teachers use Class Dojo to promote positive behaviours in their classroom. Each child gets a monster avatar, and teachers can award Dojos for things such as staying on task, meeting a times table target, fantastic teamwork or brilliant homework.
Each student's monsters can only be customised from within a student account. Customization of a student's monster is not available from a parent account. So, if your child has not already done so, you'll need to first create a student account.
What does this mean for you as a parent?
Connecting with your child's teacher on ClassDojo will allow you to do the following:
Important things to remember