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App of the week: ClassDojo

Name: ClassDojo

What is it? A behavioral development tool helping teachers reinforce positive behaviors like risk-taking, helping others and honesty

Best for: K-12

Price: Free

Requirements: iOS 5.1 or later

Rated: 4+

Features: Captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. Teachers can use this app to give students real-time feedback while in class—it will sync with the main ClassDojo website.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classdojo/id552602056?mt=8

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Comments:

  1. holly hart

    January 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Another behavior modification point system. What data has ever been generated to show that these types of point based, reward and punish systems produce any long term behavior change? Short term change while the adult is there to monitor behavior is possible with this type of system. It may have a function as a “get their attention” process before moving to more data proven systems that build internal control systems. However, developing an internal locus of control that students use on a consistent manor is not going to be developed with this methodology. The question is do we want the child to develop self control or to control the child. This system will only work to do the latter.

  2. checkman

    January 8, 2013 at 12:33 am

    There are individuals without the physical, emotional, or intellectual ability to develop internal motivation and impulse control. Tools like this app are essential for educators dedicated to teaching those individuals who need external help to accomplish everyday tasks in school.

  3. holly hart

    January 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I worked with extremely high risk students and special education emotionally disturbed students for over 20 years in teaching, counseling and administrative roles and rarely found any who was student not capable of developing internal control mechanisms if given the appropriate training and support.

    Check out the work of William Glaser, Curwin and Meindler, Eric Jensen, Diane Gossen and Alfie Kohn for data and ideas.

  4. capsule1

    January 25, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Alfie Kohn does a nice job of telling what’s wrong with these systems but he is very skimpy on alternatives. Holly Hart has a good point but with increasing expectations, I would argue that lowering the number of behavioral incidents including withdrawal is all we can hope for. After all the social worker has to be good for something other than recommending good coffee. Just kidding SW’s. Good luck to everyone fighting this fight.