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AdAPPtation: ClassDojo for Librarians

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I’m a special events junkie. Book parties, dance parties, author b-day parties, life-size games, stuffed animal sleep-overs…I can’t get enough of them.  They’re a great way to channel some creative energy. And they are (almost always) as much fun for me as they are for the kids.

The one thing I dread about this type of program is opening the doors and checking in. Unfortunately this sets the stage for the whole event, so it’s important that it runs smoothly.  I’ve been trying to improve/streamline my approach, but it still felt like a hurdle every time…until I tried ClassDojo.

ClassDojo is a classroom management app that allows teachers to track student behavior on their smartphone. I was playing around with it for a teacher workshop, and was blown away by the design and ease-of-use.

I was all, “why doesn’t anyone design stuff this cool for libraries?!” I set it aside, and didn’t think of it until about 10 minutes before my Diary of a Wimpy Kid party earlier this month. It came to me as I was printing up the list of kids who registered for the event. I suddenly thought, “I could use ClassDojo for my book party!”

Here's what it looked like on my desktop.

Here’s what it looked like on my desktop.

I went to my desk, signed up for a free account, and downloaded the app to my phone. I created a “class” for the event. Then I cut + pasted my guest list from Evanced to create a student list. DONE! I ran to open the doors. I brought my paper guest list just in case I needed it…but I didn’t need it at all.

The app synced to my phone automatically. Each kids was assigned a weird little monster avatar, and the list was sorted by first name. All I had to do was tap each kid, and they were checked in–no muss, no fuss… we were ready to start having fun before you could say, “how do you spell Czajka?”

Tappa tappa tappa...

You are Angelina Jolie?

tappa...tappa...tappa...

Tappa…tappa…tappa, you’re all set! Who’s next?

Another awesome feature is the “random” button. I’m guessing it’s there for teachers to call on students in class, but I used it to select a winner for a raffle.

I posted this sign explaining that check-in was an automatic raffle ticket.

Please excuse the typo!

Please excuse the typo!

After everyone left, I tapped ‘random’, and had a winner. I had the winner’s info in Evanced, so contacting her was easy.

Anyway, back to whining, “Why doesn’t anyone create awesome apps for librarians?!?!?” Can you imagine how awesome Summer Reading would be if we could track kids’ progress this easily?

7 thoughts on “AdAPPtation: ClassDojo for Librarians

  1. I used this today at my tween book club and they loved it! I gave them points for great comments, book suggestions, whether they read or completed the book, etc. and starting next time they will get points for recruiting people to join the book club. I had small prizes for the kids who earned the most points. Thanks for sharing this one!

    • AMAZING IDEAS! I am so excited to tell my coworkers (I am way too chicken to lead book discussions), but they do. they’ll love these ideas.

    • Hey! Wait a minute there, Anonymous! How are you going to drop all that knowledge, and then not leave so much as a name or an email address?! :) Who are you? Where are you? Do you have a blog? if not, you have an open invitation to write a guest post for me anytime you want! Cheers.

  2. Hi there – Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for taking the time to post about us – our small team here at ClassDojoHQ really appreciates the support! We’d love to feature you on our new ClassDojo stories page – I think lots of librarians could benefit from reading your story! – Let me know if you’re interested!

    https://classdojo.wufoo.com/forms/classdojo-stories-page-signup/

    If anyone who comes across this post has any questions for us or needs help getting set up with their free account, please don’t hesitate to reach out at kaleng@classdojo.com Cheers

    • Hi Kalen! Of course you can feature me on your website. ClassDojo has saved me a ton of time (and paper), and neutralized a major source of stress. I’ve been telling all my librarian friends about it. Say thanks to your team from me! Great work.

  3. Hi there – Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for taking the time to post about us – our small team here at ClassDojoHQ really appreciates the support! We’d love to feature you on our new ClassDojo stories page – I think lots of librarians could benefit from reading your story! – Let me know if you’re interested!

    https://classdojo.wufoo.com/forms/classdojo-stories-page-signup/

    If anyone who comes across this post has any questions for us or needs help getting set up with their free account, please don’t hesitate to reach out at kaleng@classdojo.com Cheers :)

  4. Genius! We don’t usually get enough kids interested in attending a program to justify registration, but I am keeping this in mind anyway. :)

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