Tech Tools I Love!

 The first tech tool I love is Edmodo. Why do you ask? It has developed the 4 C's, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking in my students this year.

Here are a few ways we have benefited from this awesome tech tool:

  • students having educational chats with their peers
  • backchannel during Mystery Skypes
  • communicate with our Trucker Buddy
  • collaborate with a 4th grade Class from Kansas and Colorado on James and the Giant Peach
  • paperless
  • students take quizzes, polls, and generate questions to go along with their chapter book
I plan to start a book club with my students over the summer, by using Edmodo as our way of communicating. 

Next Year
I will begin using Edmodo for book clubs starting in August. I love that students are engaged in their chapter book and are reading independently. They are focused and engaged when they go to the book club center taking their weekly quiz, polls, and answering their focus question. I plan to incorporate more vocabulary instruction through Edmodo and more project focused activities.

Class Dojo is my second and most recent tech tool that I love in my classroom. Class Dojo is an amazing classroom management tool. I recently learned about Class Dojo through Mrs. Owen's blog. Soon after reading her blog post I set up my two classes. The next morning at school I implemented Class Dojo during our center time using my iPhone as a remote. Instead of having students pull cards for interruptions or being out of their chair, I was able to take away points using my iPhone. This way I wasn't taking away from my guided group by correcting students at other centers, and students were constantly monitoring their points via the Promethean board. The best part about it is that I am able to award points for good behavior such as students helping others, hard work and participation. Check out Kleinspiration's blog for more background information on Class Dojo.

Do you use either of the tech tools I have mentioned? If so, how have your student's benefitted?


  1. I love class dojo! I changed the behaviors to reflect the categories on their report cards. I believe it's helped them become more aware of their own behaviors as well as how they're interacting with others.

  2. Hi Mrs. Shepherd - Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for the kind words - we really appreciate it. Please let us know if there's ever anything we can do for you :)

    If anyone who comes across this post ever has questions for us at ClassDojo or need help getting setup, please do not hesitate to reach out -


  3. Erica,
    Isn't it great to see all of the wonderful things that can happen through blogging. Getting a comment from Kallen of CLassDojo is truly terrific.

    As you already know, these are also two of my favorite tools. The other tools I love are Skype, Glogster, Google Docs, and VoiceThread.

  4. Never seen this stuff.
    Looks great :P


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