Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the use of Class Dojo. This online classroom management tool allows the user to award students immediately for positive behavior in class. Class Dojo also will let the user record negative behaviors. One of the many great features is to ability to attach notes to any behavior that is recorded. These will come in handy at parent/teacher conferences. In addition, teachers are able to print off PDF documents or email a copy of any student's report.
Luckily I have a touch screen laptop which makes all of this a snap! My laptop stays open all day. As the students are working, or we are having discussions I can award those who choose to participate in a positive way. Class Dojo has made an impact in my classroom in that I am seeing more students engage in class discussions and debates.
If you choose to use this program, take the time to share it with the students. When I first began, I shared the process on the SmartBoard. They especially enjoyed the avatar characters that are available.