Review by Mary Beth Hertz, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013

Class Charts

Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL

Subjects
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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
K-6
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Teachers say (6 Reviews)
4

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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.

Class Charts creates reports at both the class and student level that can help you track behavior patterns and provide assistance when discussing behaviors with both parents and students. It also lets members of the school community be part of the process through the collaboration tool. By providing parents access to their child's profile, the site can promote 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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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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Class Charts 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, the site's 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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Overall 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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Mary Beth Hertz Classroom teacher

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Chris C. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Concordia International School Shanghai
Pudong, 31
2
Class Charts Does Not Top My Chart

ClassCharts is a web service that is both an interactive seating chart and student behavior tracker. The logic of the site is that student location, both vis-à-vis the teacher and specific other students, has a significant impact on that student’s ability to focus on the content and skills being taught. This service provides longitudinal data concerning behaviors and performance. Graphical in nature, ClassCharts allows you, the user, to visualize behavioral data, even generating a weekly report. This resource has gamification elements, and is one step away from letting students become character classes in the classroom. Students can be “givers,” “healers,” or “stinkers.” BTW, the service is large enough now to command the attention of some LMSs. As time passes more shall be included.
My concern is not for the product itself but its application. If the focus is on recognizing positive behaviors, as well as dealing with behaviors that detract from the teach-learning process, then ClassCharts is potentially a powerful, positive tool. If used by an exasperated teacher to make the world see just how much of a pain little Johnny really is, then maybe not so much. The commitment and learning curve to use is 5-15 minutes to become familiar with the system, and additional time to actually build your charts. This chart will work at all K-12 levels
So, what is the cost? The demo version, very limited in function, is free. I could not find a price to buy the full version, but rather I was taken to a form to request a sales rep to speak with me. That is a turn-off.
Website Link: http://www.classcharts.com/

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