TheClassroomQ- Asking For Help Has Never Been Easier

When teachers incorporate technology into their classroom using 1:1 Chromebooks, iPads, or a computer lab, often times the greatest challenge is provide assistance and help to each student without the cacophony of student’s chirping your name “MR REED MR REED MR REED!” asking for help at the exact same time. TheClassroomQ helps solves that problem by providing a virtual handraising tool where students can line up online and wait patiently while you are helping other students all from their own desk.

Screenshot 2017-08-27 at 3.47.55 PMScreenshot 2017-08-27 at 4.01.20 PMClassroomq.com  was founded by a pair of teachers who experienced a problem and decided to solve it which is AWESOME! They decided to create a website where you can create a virtual help queue where students will be able to ask for help with a click of a BIG RED button,

The teacher will have an updated list on their computer or smart phone of students who need help in the order that they clicked the Big Red BUTTON! Students can also add a “comment” note which can be read by the teacher when helping each ticket.

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Once the teacher assists the student, they can click off their name on the teacher portal and move on to the next student in the list. Oftentimes, it is the simplest digital tools that can make the biggest impact in the classroom.

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TheClassroomQ is a free service with a Pro upgrade available.

In the free version, number of students able to join a queue is 10 (Pro version is unlimited queue)

  • Pro version can be upgraded for $19.99 for one year and offers the following:
    •  The ability to see who has joined your class session in a list to the right as participants.
    • Provides how many times a student has asked for help
    • At end of the session, you can download a csv file of the data from the session.
  • School Version also offers the ability to set up multiple teachers on one account.

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Kyle, one of the cofounders offered a special 50% promo code for a year upgrade to the PRO account. This reduces the price down to $9.99 for the year. Once you sign into your free account, click on Account tab and upgrade your account. Enter the promo code “mrreedteach” for a 50% discount for the year PRO membership.

Let me know how you use TheClassroomQ in your classroom, computer lab, or workplace. I think this website has a lot of the potential for future updates, development, and would making an outstanding Apple Watch app for teachers (Something that is completely missing as of right now)

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ClassDojo Tool Kit

Today ClassDojo launched a new set of in-app features called the Tool Kit. The tool kit is multiple features that are designed to make your classroom run smoother The features can be controlled from your phone and displayed from your computer screen through DojoCast. Below are the screenshots from the updated app and the different tools in the tool kit.

Happy Dojo’ing!


I am very pleased with the new features to the app and it makes it so much more meaty than assigning points and updating our Class Story which I love doing btw. I feel like this Tool Kit allows teachers to really make a more meaningful use of their time when they pick up a cell phone in the classroom.

Let’s start the discussion. What features are you most excited for in the Tool Kit? Any tools you feel should be added to make this the ultimate app.

-Shawn

Gamifying Your ClassDojo- Pokémon Gotta Catch Em All


I have been using Class Dojo since from the very beginning. From the teacher side, I love the collection of data you can gather from Class Dojo from behavior to academic tracking on the fly within a classroom. Gaining that formative assessment data on the fly can be very useful and more appropriate than trying to recount the individual performance of 25 students after the fact. But one thing that has caused me to ebb and flow with using ClassDojo has been engagement of my students.  

Many teachers often use a Class Dojo store with prizes that cost a certain number of points for each. This gets really costly over time. My wife who teachers 4th grade offers classroom vouchers like homework slips, drinks of water, lunch in the classroom and other incentives.


One of the secret’s sauces of my classroom is that I am always willing to dive deep into the interests of my students whether it is dinosaurs, baseball, or Pokemon. Pokemon cards were starting to creep into recess, Fun Friday, and during class time. This is when I had an idea to increase my ClassDojo engagement and take it to new heights. I set about how to incorporate ClassDojo and the Pokemon universe. 

I began by looking at sites like ClassCraft.com and my PLN on Twitter and Facebook ClassDojo Mentor Group along with other website to understand the mechanics of gamification. My students love having physical artifacts of their learning so why not create something to represent their achievements in the game. So I designed a system where students could earn actual Pokemon cards from Professor Reed’s Pokedex from the points that they earned in ClassDojo. 


I introduced the game to the students on a Monday with this Slides deck.(https://goo.gl/qq50Om

Students can earn a pokemon every thirty points or evolve into one of the pokemon’s forms. (There was debate was version we will evolve from.. why does Eevee have 7 forms) Students display their Pokemon proudly as badges of honor From here the students got fully immersed in the Pokemon environment. Students can earn through standard behavior agreements or special learning incentives. 

 
I find that when you gamify your classroom, there is an excitement, buzz, and really pulls in all students into the action. Every cheers and is excited when that students a new Pokemon or evolves every week. Also it keeps me consistent with the project and the classroom behavior management plan. 

 

How do you gamify your classroom?

 

Gotta Catch ‘Em All