I'm very excited for Class Dojo's announcement introducing the group feature to the platform! As a teacher who has struggled with how to assess class participation and continually tweak how to manage group's workflow, now I have my answer!
I am very conscious about purposeful use of technology. I will not use a tool because it is bright and shiny. I envision using Class Dojo specifically for days that my students are working in groups, and I want to make sure my freshmen are staying on track and to reward the ones who don't need nudges in the right direction. When we are creating life-size Of Mice and Men characters for our Crime Scene Investigation project and my students are working in the room and hallway, I can use Class Dojo Groups to alert both students and parents to their collaborative work habits. When we do peer evaluation of writing assignments, I can reward students who demonstrate exemplary evaluation skills. I love the positive reinforcement focus that Class Dojo provides and the ability to keep both parents and students aware of student behavior while students are working instead of waiting for progress report time or the end of the marking period. So often the focus is on negative behavior as teachers call home or send an email. I greatly enjoy the ability to spotlight the POSITIVE!
Thank you Class Dojo for listening to teachers and continually making improvements! This reciprocal relationship exemplifies the the importance of teachers and edtech companies working together (reinforces teachers to keep talking because we know that you are listening!).
Take a look at Class Dojo's site for more info on Class Dojo Groups....