May: a Month of Mindfulness :)

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce our new collaboration with Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence to bring Mindfulness to millions of classrooms around the world! Together with Yale, we’ve created a set of activities related to Mindfulness for home and school; these will be coming out over the next two weeks.

Why mindfulness?

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Happy Dojoween!

Did you know Halloween is the most shared moment on ClassDojo? It’s true! Two times as many photos, videos, and messages are shared on Halloween than any other day of the year. That’s a lot of moments! And one little monster is the reason why…we’re talking about MOJO of course 🙂

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Introducing: Videos on Class Story!

Teachers have posted over 3 million moments on Class Story since September! These are moments showing students working hard, having fun, and encouraging each other. And every time a teacher posts on Class Story, parents form a deeper connection with the classroom.

Beginning today, teachers can share videos on Class Story to make it even easier for families to be brought into the classroom experience. You’ll be able to record videos up to 15-seconds long, post to Class Story, and then see all the “likes” from parents roll in!

Here are a few tips for sharing videos on Class Story:
– Videos must be recorded using the ClassDojo iOS / Android app
– Record a 15-second video or even a series of clips up to 15-seconds long
– To record, just press and hold the record button
– Release the button to pause your recording, and then hold again to add another clip!
– Preview the video and then share to Class Story!

We’re excited to see how you use this new addition to Class Story. Have any amazing ideas for using videos to engage parents? Share them with us and the teacher community here!

Introducing: ClassDojo Translate

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ClassDojo Translate is now available for teachers and parents everywhere! This new addition to ClassDojo will help break down the language barrier between classrooms and homes. ClassDojo Translate enables families to translate all classroom announcements into their preferred language, with just one tap. With teachers in over half of U.S. schools using ClassDojo, many parents previously left out can now play an even larger role in their child’s education.Continue reading

Happier icons for happier classrooms :)

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One of the reasons students, teachers, and parents love ClassDojo is how much positivity it brings to their classrooms. Teachers can easily encourage students for any skill or behavior. In doing so, students learn faster, feel excited to push forward, and even support their friends along the way.

Teachers also know it’s important to share helpful feedback and reminders about what “needs work.” For instances where students, for example, “distract others” or “talk out of turn,” teachers want to let them know that expectations aren’t met, but to do so in a caring and encouraging manner. This is why we built the “Needs Work” category in ClassDojo: to give teachers a simple way to give this type of feedback.

However, many teachers found the icons to be counterproductive. Our team interviewed and surveyed thousands of teachers, and most described these icons as “overly negative,” “non-constructive,” and “difficult to distinguish from each other.” They went further to say that students felt criticized. Teachers wanted these moments to help guide better decisions in the future, but that wasn’t always happening.

So, like everything we do at ClassDojo, we listened closely to these teachers, and collaboratively designed a refreshed set of icons with them!

Here are the four main changes to the icons:

  • Icons can now be used for either Positive or Needs Work behaviors
  • Each behavior’s point weight is now shown, with either a green or red background to make clear what type of feedback it is!
  • All the icons have been updated to be friendlier and more easily distinguishable from each other – meaning no more all red icons!
  • Oh, and we wanted to give teachers more icon choices, too!

So, without further ado, here is the refreshed look of your behavior icons!

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Introducing ClassDojo Groups :)

Introducing: ClassDojo Groups :)

“Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.” – Sir Ken Robinson

From day one, ClassDojo has been built by listening to teachers and students. Today, after working with many wonderful teachers around the world, we’re proud to unveil our most exciting new feature: ClassDojo Groups!

ClassDojo Groups is the easiest way for teachers to bring teamwork to their classrooms. Groups gives teachers the ability to group students any way that works for their classroom: tables, project teams, reading groups, school houses – or even all of these! Teachers can then encourage the whole group, as well as any student in the group, with just ‘one tap’.

Groups works on any device

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Updated terms, and a beautiful new Privacy Center!

In ClassDojo’s first week in 2011, we were really excited to see 80 teachers use ClassDojo in their classrooms (you know who you are!). Today, we’re humbled to see how this community has grown to millions more in over 100 countries. Teachers, parents, and students everywhere use ClassDojo to build stronger relationships with each other. This is the heart of our mission.

Of course, these relationships require trust. So, today we’re announcing two updates.

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Announcing… ClassDojo Ambassadors!

Thank you to our amazing teacher community for all of the hard work you put into your classrooms, schools, and communities every day. You inspire us every day by how you use ClassDojo to build better, more positive relationships with your students and parents. Thank you for letting us help – we love working with you on our team!

Today, we’re very excited to announce a brand new opportunity that we help will bring us even closer together as a team: the ClassDojo Ambassador program.

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