Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW) - Imagine sitting in class and your name pops up on a big screen.
“It could tell you how good you are or how bad you are,” Second Grade Student Addison Pike.
It is all part of a new phone application used by a number of teachers at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda.
“The program is called Class Dojo. Very quickly you can log in and create an account. I think that I enrolled my class in less than a minute,” Lisa Chiavaroli said.
Then, the students get letters to take home that explain how parents with an Smartphone can sign up to get daily reports from the app about their child's behavior.
“I can go in and award a specific student for something they are doing right or something they need to work on. I can make a specific comment about a specific,” Chiavaroli said.
The individual students information is sent to their parents phone but the entire class can see their progress on a screen inside the classroom. The kids are represented by what they call Avatars or cartoon characters created by the students.
“You can see people getting people so if you get a point you can carry on with that,” Student Emma Jones said.
The parents like it too because they feel like they're in the loop.
“In previous years as much as week spoke with the teacher and take time to talk to them this actually gives us tangible encouragement for him,” Parent Susan Bonafede said.
The teachers said it is an instant reminder when they are doing something wrong. On the other hand, the app also builds the students' confidence when they see those points go up.
“Children today are really oriented around technology. Now that their behavior was being monitor with this cool new technology they bought right into the program and they were so excited,” Teacher Amy Butler said.
The teacher said they have seen an improvement in behavior. As for the kids, they say it is just plain fun.
“I used to say that when you gained a point your Avatar would get happier but when you lost a point the Avatar would get sadder,” Jones said.