Common Sense Review
Updated October 2013

Class Charts

Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • Drag and drop students onto the customizable seating chart.
  • Add students manually or by uploading a spreadsheet.
  • By clicking on a student avatar, teachers can award behavior points, take points away or add notes about the student.
  • Teachers can customize the data fields attached to each student.
  • Class Charts creates quick reports by class and by student for tracking progress.
Pros
Design is great, it's easy to set up, and reports are thorough.
Cons
Ultimately, it may be more helpful for teachers than students -- as an organizational tool, it's great, but kids may not learn the right lessons.
Bottom Line
It's an easy-to-use, engaging tool for managing and tracking student behavior and participation, but does employ carrot-and-stick style rewards.
Mary Beth Hertz
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

With bright colors, fun avatars, and sound effects, Class Charts will engage for the elementary students it's meant for, and simple design makes it easy for teachers to implement.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Class Charts has the potential to help students learn how to monitor their own behavior in the classroom; its points system is motivating and effective. However, this success may or may not transfer to other situations.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The Class Charts website provides tips and help all throughout the process of setting up a class and has a user FAQ community.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Class Charts creates reports at both the class and student level that can help you track behavior patterns and also help when discussing behaviors with both parents and students. It also lets members of the school community to be part of the process through the collaboration tool. By providing parents access to their child's profile, the site can also support a team effort between home and school to support a student. Still, Class Charts has the potential to emphasize a carrot-and-stick style of classroom management and is very teacher-centric, which isn't supported in all schools.

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What's It Like?

Class Charts is a website (and Chrome app) that allows teachers to create a customizable classroom seating chart. It can also be used to track student behavior, reading levels, or any other data that you may want to attach to a student. When setting up a classroom, you can choose to set up rows or build a class with tables seating anywhere from one to six students. There's also the option for less experienced teachers to let the tool dictate how they set up their classroom based on the data they input. 

Once the classroom layout has been set up, you can create students and drag them to specific seats in the class. There's also a tool that automatically shuffles students according to your seating preference for behavior, reading levels, gender, and more. You can project the chart, displaying student behavior "scores" and adding or removing points during class, and use the tool to create and keep track of student information and seats across one or multiple classes. Each student can be assigned an uploaded photo or a fun avatar. When behavior points are given or taken away, the site will play a sound, and a number is displayed next to each student's avatar reflecting their current behavior "status." You can also add notes whenever giving or taking away points. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

This site has the potential to work really well in younger elementary classes, although it still falls back on classroom management based around rewarding students for good behavior (which often doesn't lead to lasting improvements). Design-wise, Class Charts' bright colors and easy drag-and-drop interface make it a nice choice for busy teachers. It also works best when setting up rows and when classes are no larger than 20 students. If you want to add tables that seat a lot of students or if there are no rows, the tool becomes harder to use.

Notes that you add are included in the class reports and can help track student academic progress and participation from day to day. Since parents can also access the website, it can help put everyone on the same page to best support a student. The learning potential for Class Charts is teacher-directed; it's essentially a tool for teachers that can enhance students' experience by creating a classroom conducive to learning.

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