How I Use It
I use Class Dojo with my 6th and 7th graders to keep them on task during class time. (My 8th graders were kind of "over it", I guess because the avatars are cute little monsters and they probably think they're too cool for them!)
It is very easy to set up, just type in the students' names to create your class and they are automatically assigned an avatar. Once the class is ready, you will see all 30 of your little 'monsters' on the screen. From there, you can award a "Positive" award or a "Needs work" deduction as you see fit. In the Positive category are things like: Helping others, participation, hard work, great thought, etc. In the "Needs work" category you can find: out of seat, disrespectful, interrupting, etc. The students really respond well to the action of you awarding or deducting points and it is a great, concrete way for students to 'see' their behavior and keep trying hard to get points!
As a classroom management tool, I think Class Dojo is excellent. Again, my younger students really respond well to this, especially if you use it on a consistent basis. It does keep kids on task and encourages them to earn the 'good' points on screen. Another great thing about this site is that you can create reports based on classes, individual kids, behaviors, and even print or email the results home to parents! Both parents and students can have accounts in Class Dojo, showing their progress in class for the day, the week, or even the year. It is a great motivator for students who need extra help staying on task! And, you can even award points from your phone as you're walking around the room!