ClassDojo Build Classroom Communities Guide


• The simple way to build an amazing classroom community
• Used in 90% K-8 schools in US | Always free for teachers
• ClassDojo connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities
• Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios
• Get parents engaged by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments
• Instantly share photos, videos, and announcements on Class Story, or privately message with any parent
• Any classroom, any device – 100% free

UPDATE: This guide has been completely redesigned in 2018 to show you the current ClassDojo dashboard and features! It includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions and screenshots to show you how to use ClassDojo.


1. Sign-up / Log-in
2. ClassDojo Dashboard
3. Adding Photos
4. Setting Up a Class
5. Load Students or Importing Class Lists (Word & Excel)
6. Inviting Students & Parents
7. Take Home Printable Invites
8. Dashboard 3 Main Tabs (Classroom, Stories & Messages)
9. Account Settings
10. Class Story Cards
11. Communicating with Parents & Private Messages
12. Share What’s Happening in Your Class
13. Reports
14. Notifications


St. Patrick’s Day Pictures using Shapes in Google Drive

• This activity includes screen shots and step-by-step instruction bubbles to show students how to make a St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun and Four Leaf Clover using Shapes in Google Drive Drawings

• This is a fun activity that allows students to learn more about Google Drive Drawings while creating an amusing holiday picture

• It also includes a simple marking scheme

Topics/Skills Covered in this Activity
• Finding the Shape Button
• Using a Variety of Shapes (Oval, Rectangle, Triangle etc.)
• Moving / Rotating Shapes
• Coloring Shapes
• Copy/Paste Shapes
• Putting Shapes Together to Make a Picture

St. Patrick’s Day Google Drawings Activity

WeVideo Create Videos How-To Guide

• WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.
• Drag and drop your videos, trim and choose from pre-made themes to set a unique style.
• Online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies
• Add video, images, text and transitions with ease

This guide contains screenshots and instruction bubbles to teach students how to use WeVideo to make amazing videos. It gives some suggestions for video topics but the main purpose of this resource is to help teachers and students use WeVideo.

1. Accessing WeVideo
2. Import Images/Video
3. Drag Images/Video into Storyboard
4. Edit Video
5. Change Theme
6. Add Music
7. Apply Graphics
8. Publish Video
9. Video Topic Ideas

WeVideo Guide

Updates to Google Drive Lessons & Activities Bundle!

This week I redesigned the Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets) and Slides (presentations) lessons in this bundle. New screenshots and step-by-step instructions were added for each program. If you have already purchased it, you can download the free updates under your “my purchases” tab. This bundle also contains instructions and activities for Forms (quizzes and surveys), Drawings (desktop publishing/pictures) and Drive Add-ons. Here is a link to the resource…

Google Drive Lessons & Activities Bundle



Check for Plagiarism in Google Docs with Unicheck

Unicheck Plagiarism Detection Software

• Now available as an add-on for Google Docs
• Checks documents in seconds
• Recognizes citations and references in almost all academic formats like MLA, APA etc.
• Comprehensive report will highlight similarities, citations and references in different colors
• Visit original pages with the found matches

Note: The site offers flexible pricing depending on need $5 for 20 pages or $50 for 500 etc.



WeVideo – Create Videos

• WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.
• Drag and drop your videos, trim and choose from pre-made themes to set a unique style.
• Online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies
• Add video, images, text and transitions with ease


“Force a Copy” of a Google Doc

• Use the instructions in this video and to share a copy of a Google Doc, Sheet, Slide, Form or Drawing with students or another teacher

• Share Google documents you want students to be able to edit but at the same time prevents them from altering your own original copy

• This is used for documents you are okay with users putting their own information onto/editing and perhaps submitting back to you through Google classroom

• This guide contains step-by-step instructions for obtaining the shareable link and then changing the URL to force users to make a copy

Kahoot Challenge & Name Generator New Features

This video shows you how to access and use two new Kahoot features in your classroom…

1. Name Generator

2. Challenge Feature

Name Generator

• Most of us have experienced problems with naughty nicknames while trying to play Kahoot with our classes.
• Also, sometimes students get overly creative coming up with names and it takes a long time for everyone to join.
• Kahoot has a new feature to simplify your hosting experience – their nickname generator!
• Instead of typing in a name to enter on their device, players will get up to three tries to spin for a nickname before joining the game.
• Currently their nickname generator includes 800 unique 2-word combinations, so you can use this feature even in very large games.
• This new feature means you will spend more time playing by getting students in the game right away, with minimal fuss!

How to Enable the Generator


1. Launch the kahoot game you want to play as usual from your account.
2. In the lobby, toggle on the Nickname generator feature from the game options menu – see screenshot on next slide for reference!
3. Players will join at or as usual. After entering the game PIN they have up to three tries to choose a nickname generated at random, before joining the game.

This video shows teachers how to use the new Kahoot Name Generator Feature!

Kahoot Challenge Feature

This video shows teachers and students how to use the new Kahoot Challenge Feature!
• Assign kahoots as homework with the new challenge feature
• Create challenges on your computer or in the app, and students play them on their phones
• Make homework engaging, increase its completion rate and save time on correcting assignments!
Note: Students need to install the Kahoot App on their mobile devices.

• Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting

Students love Kahoot! I know this from the feedback I receive from other teachers and from my own experience with using Kahoot. Students ask me “Can we please play Kahoot?” For every game there is always lots of laughter and students are very engaged.

At the end of the 2014/15 school year, I gave students a day to complete missing assignments. There were several students who were finished all of their work. These students got together and set-up their own game of Kahoot. I did not suggest it, they just really wanted to play. This was more evidence for me that students love this interactive tool.

There are many uses for Kahoot including…
• Getting to know students at the beginning of a school year/semester
• Assessing student/class understanding of a topic
• Reviewing a unit before a test
• Surveying a class
• Having fun for a few minutes at the end of the day