While the junior students of Jing Ooi sit in front of her interactive whiteboard, they not only learn basic Mandarin words, but are also attracted by flashing monsters and rewards called Dojos.
"Who is on time today?
"Once Ooi asked her about the class MS.
The hand was rewarded with a dojo.
There is nothing for those who stay.
Everyone immediately saw the score statistics update of the whiteboard.
"Ali Sha is on the 17 th and I am on the 18 th," a student responded . ".
"I'm a dojo in front of me.
"This is all part of the behavioral management app trends for rewarding, punishing and comparing younger students in Australian classrooms;
In this process, the scorecard and data are sorted out instantly.
For many teachers and parents, this trend is only a more advanced technical and visual version of other reward systems, such as marbles in jars or star stickers on butcher's paper.
"The students are very fond of funny sounds and colorful monsters," said Ooi MS . ".
However, for experts who study the intersection of technology and education, such applications come with privacy and best practice teaching issues.
After the MS of Ooi
The school Mandarin class at the Darwin language center, the scorecard for class dojo statistics through her chosen application, is viewed only by teachers and students in the classroom.
At Kormilda College, however, the same app is being taken to a new level to engage parents as well.
Debbie Ji and Lauren Bradshaw are both parents of primary school.
Older children in college
Since the app was launched in private schools last year, they have all had positive experiences.
On a school day this month, two friends sat at the table at the Bradshaw MS to check the class files of their young boys on their smartphones.
Bradshaw MS was surprised to see that one of her sons lost three road Joe in class the day before because of "not performing tasks" and showing "disrespect.
"Something went wrong because he never cut points," she said . ".
"After School yesterday, I asked him if something had happened at school and he said nothing.
So, we can discuss this at home tonight.
Meanwhile, MS Gigi laughed as she watched a short video uploaded by her son's assistant teacher.
It shows him talking about his love for writing at the school table.
"Oh, that's good," MS Gigi exclaimed.
"From the moment we started using this app, I thought, 'Wow, it would be great for my eldest son, 'because he was in [autism]spectrum.
In his case, home-school communication is particularly important.
"It is very important to be able to discuss with your child what they do at school.
I called one of my sons "nuffin muff" because he always "didn't" when I asked him what he was doing at school ".
"Other advantages, the two friends said, include being able to direct teachers by asking and receiving meeting information, reducing email and phone calls.
Neil Selwin, a professor of education at Monash University, said classroom apps are good, but he also said there are many "problems and concerns ".
Free apps like class dojo and Kahoot in the US!
Most classrooms now use these applications, and the rise of these applications is undermined by controversy over data storage and privacy.
For example, class dojo does not allow parents to see the scorecard of other students, and the news feed is confidential for each classroom.
But all the data is owned by the developers of free software.
"There is a motto on social media that if you don't pay for the product, then you are the product," says Professor Selwyn . ".
Jenny Bennett, president of the Darwin language center, told ABC about privacy issues, which is why the school has not yet taken class dojo to the next level where parents are invited to the app.
Louise Payton, principal of Kormilda College Primary School, said the app had enough safeguards to assure her.
"We only use the names of the children," Peyton said . " MS.
"I think it protects their privacy.
We send invitations to our parents via their email.
They can opt-in or opt-out.
"In addition to privacy issues, Professor Selwyn has raised some questions around the teaching model that the app evades.
He gave the example of Kahoot!
Turn the teacher into a game show host and the student into a player.
"It turned the classroom into a game show, but it's actually old --
"To shape pedagogy in ways that reward or punish to respond to behavior," he said . ".
"Other apps are built around videos that all look very exciting, but it's actually a very helpful way to get involved.
We know that the best way to learn isway engaging.
Other questions he raised included linking teachers' time with technology and making education too focused on reporting, statistics and aggregation of data.
"It's like our debate in Australia around NAPLAN.
"This revolves around a larger idea of measurement and accountability," he said . ".
"Teachers are professional educators.
They know what they're doing.
The danger with these apps is that they are a bit like a black box and the teacher has a little less control over it.
At the Darwin language center, MS Ooi said she had no problem with the idea of keeping her parents updated, although she was more enthusiastic about sharing classroom highlights than student ratings.
"If I use the way my parents communicate, I would rather use story material, so take a picture of what they do with me," she said . ".
Professor Selwyn says he doesn't necessarily warn schools not to teach apps, just to have a public conversation about what the app means.
"Imagine if this data is for the federal government?
This is probably a real good thing.
But now it will be profitable, "he said.
"The teachers are already at a loss.
Why don't they use a ready peer-to-peer network
Check out the free app?
You need government and university to lead application development.
"I think it will be a very elite thing to send your child to a more humane, high-tech place in 15 years --
MS Peyton said that the Kormilda Academy's approach is not to let technology take over too much, and not to mix things with teaching methods except the carrot and stick methods.
She added that the college decided last week to close the "negative" dojo points so that teachers could pay more attention to positive reinforcement.
When asked if these apps ignore the skills of teaching techniques, it could become a symbolic fashion, MS Peyton replied, "who knows?
"The novelty of the dojo may disappear.
But maybe the dojo developers will be one step ahead. Theme: Primary School-
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