The new Skilled.space has just launched. Our purpose was to create a Clubhouse-style conversation space that is FERPA & COPPA compliant. Schools can now use Spaces to nurture relationships securely while engaging in live conversations that propel learning, grow skills, and encourage agency.
We believe schools need to focus time and energy on creating a supportive culture where school members are heard, ideas are shared, and skills are expanded. Faculty and students alike can join however they want to–from phones, tablets, or computers. And, most importantly, it’s a private and safe place for only your school community.
How do you know if Skilled.space is right for your school or district?
Here are 13 WAYS to use Skilled.space with your teachers and students.
- Teacher-driven PD: Traditional professional development tends to lean on the ‘sit-and-get’ approach. With Skilled.space, teachers drive their own learning. If there’s a topic you want to learn about and discuss with educators, just create a Space. The platform will pull in others so you can talk about the topics you care about. Also, easily browse the other conversations your network is having and drop in if you’re interested.
- Post PD conversations: When it comes to professional learning, there are often questions, ideas and new strategies that need to be addressed following a PD event. Invite teachers to join Spaces to continue the conversation. Help educators connect with each other and take these ideas and strategies further through meaningful discussion.
- Edcamps, Skilled.space style: In Skilled.space, an Unconference is completely educator-driven and easy to initiate and navigate. Teachers can join Spaces they’re interested in or create their own. No need to be in the building either! The focus is on discussion and active listening to discover practical takeaways to apply in their classrooms.
- Collaborate with your PLC: Authentic collaboration is essential for achieving shared goals in any PLC. Educators need ongoing opportunities to build rapport and trust with their community. An open Space for formal and casual meetings will help educators to connect and engage on a deeper level and establish norms for connecting consistently and collaborating.
- The NEW faculty lounge: When teachers are seeking help from colleagues or need an outlet to decompress, they often head to the faculty lounge. Now they don’t have to wait to reach out to get ideas, seek help, or find ways to work through their challenges. Drop in or out as schedules allow. In Spaces, teachers can meet with their colleagues to build rapport, learn new skills together, and share their expertise throughout the school year and even during summer break.
- Town halls: Easily pull together a Space for parents, teachers, and administration to gather for important sessions and to provide school updates. It’s easier than creating and sending a Zoom or Google Meet, and it allows for conversations to flow and ideas to emerge without the constraints or frustrations that moderating a chat or Q&A often present for parents and faculty.
- Office hours: What if you could make yourself available to your students at the click of a button, on your time and terms? Skilled.space makes it easy for students to come to you and ask for help. You can also set up a Space so students can ‘stop by’ to have in-depth conversations on the topics they’re learning in class. Making this virtual can reduce some of the friction in getting students to seek help.
- College & career readiness: Encourage career exploration, help students develop plans following high school, and build self-awareness with Skilled.space. Use Spaces for one-on-one counseling, hold Q&A career panels, and have students open spaces to share to discuss goals, dreams, and problems they want to solve now and in the future.
- Clubs: Give students the flexibility to meet with clubs or organizations even if they can’t be there in person. With a live audio platform like Skilled.space, it’s easy for students to join the conversation so they can be involved without having to sacrifice obligations elsewhere. Imagine a student easily joining model UN practice from their bus to their softball game!
- Socratic seminars: Hold seminar-style sessions at any time—and without the pressure of video. Turn your socratic seminar Space into one that is open for dialogue, analysis, and constructive argument.
- Hybrid learner break-time: Allow time for unstructured “hang time” between in-school and at-home students during hybrid learning. Build relationships between virtual students when they can’t be together, with the added benefit of audio-only to encourage building active listening skills.
- Slam poetry events: Create a virtual audio-event that students can participate in from anywhere. Skilled.space provides an opportunity for students to practice and refine their tone, style, and language while listening to each other, practicing the art of constructive feedback, and giving compliments for each other’s works.
- Mini TED talks: Conduct your own version of an audio-only TED Talk. Students can build presentation confidence and focus on content and tone. These types of activities help students improve their speaking skills without the pressure of an in-person presentation. Participants can ask questions, and you can invite other classes or schools to attend.
Skilled.space was created with conversation and active listening in mind. In Spaces, your whole school can foster thoughtful discourse, cultivate meaningful dialogue, and take up hearty debates. It’s easy to get started once accounts are created. Before long, students and teachers will be using Spaces to have conversations that propel them and their ideas forward.
Do you have another way to use Skilled.space in your school or district? Reach out to our team and share your great idea to be possibly used in an upcoming blog or success story.