I have made some updates to what my extension can do. The first update is that you no longer need to have the attendance screen open. You ONLY need to be in the class window. So you just need to put in your attendance and save. Then you are good to go!
The more important updates are that you can save your data into a spreadsheet on Google Sheets now!
There is a little bit of a setup that I will explain here.
First you need to create the sheet. This can be a brand new spreadsheet, or just create a new sheet inside an existing spreadsheet. Follow the format below:
Then you need to open the options menu:
Finally, select the spreadsheet with the file picker.
You are now good to go! You can use the ‘Update Spreadsheet’ button inside the extension. This will grab the most current attendance information for the class you have open and post it into the spreadsheet.
This new feature will also grab the student’s current avatar and point information. I added these for a long-term goal of gamify-ing some of the tasks in my classroom. Since my students already love the avatars that they get from ClassDojo, I figured I would be able to use them for a more visual appeal to whatever gamification I add later.
How would you use ClassDojo avatars for gamification?
I enjoy using ClassDojo. More importantly, my 5th grade classes enjoy when I use ClassDojo. There is something they really dig about being able to customize their own little monster avatars.
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My only complaint was that I was taking attendance on ClassDojo, but I still had to send an email to the school secretary every morning and whenever a student was late. I was basically doing the same job twice, and any programmer will tell you that is a sign of sloppy coding. In this case, real-life coding.
So, during a meeting today I came up with what I think is a solution. A Chrome browser extension! All you have to do is:
- Install the extension from the Chrome Webstore.
- Input a couple of emails. The person who takes the attendance in your office is the first input box. This person will get the email. The second email is your own email. This is so that the program can blind carbon copy yourself for your own records.
- Right-click on the icon in the upper right corner of your browser (see below)
- Input the requested information.
- Click SAVE
Once you have done that, go to your class attendance page in ClassDojo. Left-click on the browser icon and the rest is automatic!
Please let me know if you think of any other things you wish ClassDojo could do! These are the kinds of things that I love building. My entire Google Innovator Project is designed about finding the great ideas that teachers have and making them reality.