The internet program ClassDojo is making it easy for school and parents to communicate. This program allows teachers to post pictures and updates to parents. ClassDojo can be accessed online or it can send messages to a cell phone. There are new tools in this program that are encouraging critical thinking skills.
ClassDojo has teamed up with the Ad Astra program to developed puzzles called Conundrums that will increase critical thinking skills. These puzzles are fun to play and will help students develop skills inside3 and outside of the classroom. Some of these Conundrums will feature open-ended questions as well as ethical issues. These questions will help encourage discussion and allow students to research the issues on their own. These questions are a little more complicated than commonly addressed in school and they will also encourage parent interactions to help the students find the solutions to these issues.
These questions deal with social issues and it even posts that there are no right answers. Students are encouraged to share their answers and provide the reasoning behind their thoughts. The teachers can access these questions and the answers that the students post. They will be able to see the thought process behind it as well. Teachers may use some of these questions during homeroom and that can lead to classroom discussions. Teachers can go on the app and look for some of the questions that they would look to make available to the students. There are many different types of questions and include current issues as well.
ClassDojo has many features that allow for interactions. Now, this computer program is encouraging students to think and share their reasonings with others. This is a skill that is needed inside and outside the classroom. Now elementary and middle school students can learn to develop critical thinking skills.