ClassDojo Student Story

New post about the new Student Story eportfolios from ClassDojo.  Read it here.

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Zondle & motivation

Today I finally had 5 minutes to check out Zondle Teacher Goodies.  I had my S3 Beginners’ German class, who are really motivated anyway, but as they are also an enthusiastic bunch, I thought I’d use them as guinea pigs.

If you don’t know what Zondle is, you can read my earlier posts here and a brief mention of its use in my lessons/reward system here.

I have a bag in a drawer of my filing cabinet fully of little rewards like bouncy balls, yoyos, post-its, pencils etc.  I added my Teacher Goodie of “Goodie Bag Lucky Dip”, set the target at 1000 Zollars, informed the class and sat back at watched the mayhem.

First of all, they couldn’t access the rewards and thanks to the forum pages I was able to quickly fix this so they could view their menu.  Then it just got bonkers!  My already motivated learners went into overdrive to get 1000, 2000, 3000 Zollars so they could redeem their reward and pick something from the Goodie Bag.

On the way out the class, one of them said to me “well it’s fairly safe to say I now know all the countries on the list in German”.  Job done, great fun, thanks Zondle!


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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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What do your pupils come to school to do?

New post on the Random Musings page.

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Missed #dojochatEU? Here’s a catch-up…

#dojochatEU 30th September 2015 Future-Proofing our Learners

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#dojochatEU 30th September at 8:30 p.m. GMT


Join me tonight to discuss if it’s really possible to future-proof our learners.

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ClassDojo Class Story

ClassDojo has been working hard this summer to make things just that bit better and easier for teachers this year.  Now they have brought us Class Story.  Find out more on my Class Story page

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ClassDojo Groups – Promoting Teamwork and Positive Interdependence

The simplicity of awarding a group a students at one time through ClassDojo is finally here!  Read more about it here

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We can save Zondle!

If you’ve read some of my other posts about promoting positive behaviour, then you’ll already know that I’m a big fan of Zondle for consolidation of  vocabulary (I call it Stealth Learning – the pupils think they are just playing games but really they are reinforcing their understanding of the vocabulary) but more recently my classes (and I) have had loads of fun using Zondle challenge for formative and summative assessments.


So when Zondle announced last week that it was closing its doors due to being unable to sustain the free site, I was devastated.  I immediately emailed offering to pay for a subscription service if it would help keep Zondle going.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one!

If you are interested in helping to keep Zondle alive and kicking with a modest subscription charge, then please complete the survey by following the link below.

Thanks for reading and please share 🙂

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