Review by Caryn Lix, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2015

Class 123

Lower-grades tool for managing behavioral goals has unique features

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K-5
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Pros: Whole-class goal-setting is a useful, unique feature.

Cons: Raises concerns about the ethics and pedagogy of public discipline and praise in the classroom.

Bottom Line: Although teachers should carefully consider how they'll use it, Class123 has all the best bells and whistles for behavior management.

Although Class123 is clearly designed to be displayed at all times -- and this is a perfectly valid way to use it -- teachers may choose to keep the program private so that praise and discipline aren't on constant display. Teachers can use the program to track various behaviors, making report card comments and interviews much easier and more data-driven. The welcome additions of the chalkboard and timer also let teachers use the Class123 environment as a teaching tool. This is a great opportunity to talk with students about how they can work together to set collaborative goals and how they can use positive peer pressure to earn those golden eggs.

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Class123 is a classroom behavior management program website and app. As with other similar tools, Class123 uses avatars; however, Class123's style is tuned specifically to the lower grades with funny and quirky cartoon characters in animal costumes. Teachers can award points for good behavior or remove them for negatives with "wow" and "no-no" cards. Each card results in a little animation before students win or lose points. 

In addition, Class123 has a lot of other features teachers will find useful, including a parent-reminder system, a built-in interactive chalkboard, an on-screen timer, the ability to randomly select students, and the ability to group students in a seating plan and reward groups of students at once. One special thing that sets Class123 apart is the ability to set whole-class goals. Students earn golden eggs when a certain number of "wow" cards are awarded, leading to whole class buy-in and community rewards.

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Students will enjoy the animations and cartoons, and teachers will likely find Class123 to be a useful tool for the classroom. Between the app and the website (with its built-in chalkboard), you could easily keep the site displayed on your board all day. Of course, there are some ethical concerns with this. Many teachers find negative reinforcement to be unproductive and ineffective. Moreover, the sad animation when a student receives a "no-no" card draws what may be an undue amount of attention; depending on the student, this could either become embarrassing or actually encourage the negative behavior. 

At the same time, though, Class123 has a lot to recommend it. It's a great way for parents and teachers to stay in touch. It provides discussion boards (with varying levels of privacy) where students, parents, and teachers can communicate in various combinations. It can also work as a space for teachers to maintain a private journal. The class goals will encourage students to be excited for one another when they earn "wow" cards. Also, it's nice that the system is customizable. By default, there's no penalty to the golden eggs when someone earns a "no-no" card unless you set it that way, which might be a nice way to offer individual correction without penalizing the whole class. Overall, if you're looking for a classroom behavior management system, check out this fun, flashy, easy-to-use tool but be well aware of the implications for individual students and the class as a whole if you decide to implement the "no-no" cards.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Cute graphics and animations will catch younger kids' attention, and they'll likely enjoy setting whole class goals.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

The goal-setting approach is solid, but it raises concerns about public discipline and praise.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Helpful tutorials and videos aid ease of use. A teacher dashboard and additional tools such as classroom timers and seat charts help keep things organized.


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Ladyj R. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
La Sierra University
Riverside, CA
Simple behavior management app

As a classroom management tool, it is pretty simple, although it is not that exciting. I like the fact that you have a choice to communicate privately or publicly in regards to the students behavior and progress in the classroom. You can post something positive on the board for all to see or you can send a private message to the parents when there is a desire for improvement. You can also create announcements. Overall it is an ok way manage classroom behavior.

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