|Published:||Dec 06, 2013 5:12 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 07, 2013 10:24 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A new educational app is earning an "A" with parents. It's called Class Dojo and it's helping teachers at Skyline Elementary in Cape Coral track students' behavior throughout the day, while keeping parents in the loop.
Wink News went back to school to see how this teaching tool is making the grade.
Students in Mrs. Chaffee's third grade classroom are busy earning Dojo points.
"I was shocked at how excited they were," she said.
The free website and app blends technology and education by tracking students and reporting their good behavior or misdeeds instantly.
"Now that we have this Class Dojo, it goes right to their phone and they can't get out of anything!" said teacher Justin Ashley.
The high tech teaching tool uses personalized avatars to connect with students.
Parents can simply log onto the website and follow their little monster's progress throughout the day on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
"I track him in the morning and I track him in the afternoon and he gets home and tracks himself. It's really good," said parent Arlene Reyes.
"I mean I get texts all the time that say, 'What happened at 1:24pm today? Where they were disrespectful?'" said teacher Jessica Chaffee.
The information is stored and charted throughout the week and good behavior is rewarded.
"I call them Dojo go-gos or Dojo no-nos!" said Jennifer Hilderbrand.
Chaffee says parents who follow their student's specific ups and downs on Dojo can keep the deductions at a minimum and the positive points rolling in.
"If they are getting 20 positives in a week then there's that one negative, they are much more receptive to dealing with the negative then always hearing the negative about their kids," she said.