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Technology and Apps for Teachers to Manage Mayhem

Sep 19, 2014 3:20pm

Tell us about an app or software that has helped you manage your classroom, made you a more effective teacher, or calmed your nerves.

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  • Pre K-12
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Collaboration / Engagement / Planning


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    • Sep 20, 2014 8:26am

      Just started using Dojo with my kindergarten class for classroom management. They love their avatar and earning points! Works like a charm! Teachers can choose your positive behaviors and negative behaviors. Can give whole class points for team work! Love this website and it is free!

      • Sep 20, 2014 8:42am

        Totally agree with Carrie. ClassDojo is like magic. The kids like being able to create their avatar and being able to track their positive percentage from home. Parents love the reports and being able to check in and see how their child's day is going. I love it because it is a constant visual and auditory reminder on my IWB or on my phone. Any time I feel like I am losing their attention, I announce that they need to refocus, and do five randoms. Almost always results in instant silence. We also do classroom celebrations every 10,000 positive points. The better they behave, the more frequently they have celebrations. Love it, love it, love it!

        • Sep 21, 2014 11:16pm

          One great teacher/student app, that may lean more towards formative assessment but, helps engage students is Socrative. My kids love to see the class response, exit tickets and space race. I think many times a well planned and engaging learning opportunity with clear expectations, that allows all students to participate, is another form of highly effective mayhem management.

          • Sep 20, 2014 10:12am

            Decide Now. It's a wheel that you can add different items. Then you spin it and get an answer. The kids love it. I added the students names and I spin it when I need to call on one person. It's a great alternative to pulling Popsicle sticks. The price was $.99.

            • Sep 24, 2014 10:36am

              Something amazing I saw this week re: Class Dojo was a principal who had access to all of the Dojo classrooms in his building. Using his smartphone he would give points to students during walkthroughs, which could ultimately be redeemed at the school store for supplies. He could also quickly check on the status of students who often struggled meeting behavior expectations.

              • Sep 26, 2014 11:50am

                Remind is a great app and website. Students and parents can sign up for your class and you can send them texts without them seeing your personal cell phone number and you won't get theirs either. It is so much easier to send a quick text message reminder to students to do their homework or study for a test. I have also had great feedback from students. They've said the reminders are very helpful.

                • Sep 20, 2014 9:57am

                  I use Popplet for a variety of different activities. This is a great app for creating graphic organizers, timelines, to show relationships amongst characters, etc. Not only can you enter your own info, but you can also insert pictures and videos. Students can work in groups and are able to collaborate by adding their part to the project. It's very easy to navigate through and my students love it!

                  • Sep 21, 2014 7:51am

                    Have you tried "Kahoot?" Once you sign in or create an account, you can develop quizzes, make discussion questions, or create a survey! This is a great timesaver!

                    • Sep 23, 2014 9:44am

                      Class Dojo is wonderful! I love that parents can see how their student is doing. I just had a Mom rave to me about how much she loves seeing how her son is doing. She's even used it as a goal for him during the week.

                      • Sep 20, 2014 4:30pm

                        Kay Heilman
                        I agree! I started using Dojo in first grade near the end of the school year and the kids loved it! I haven't learned about the points and parent contacts but will definitely start it up week!

                        • Sep 23, 2014 6:31pm

                          I teach science an I love using pinterest to save important websites lab activities/ to use later for my biology lab and class activities. I can save it in pictures so I can always come back to it and I can create boards by topic or unit. Much easier to navigate than my "bookmarks folder"