App of the week: ClassDojo

By Meris Stansbury
January 7th, 2013

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.


About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Managing Editor of eCampus News, and was formerly the Associate Editor of eSchool News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

4 Responses to “App of the week: ClassDojo”

holly hart
January 7, 2013

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.

January 8, 2013

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.

holly hart
January 8, 2013

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.

January 25, 2013

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.