MIT professor, Patrick Wilson warns, “Students shouldn’t go out into life, without an ability to communicate.” So let’s get them talking!
Live, free-flowing conversations create better social learning opportunities for students. Remove some of the structure of the traditional classroom and incredible things happen. But how can we help students with their need to connect and with social-emotional growth, while covering standards? Live Clubhouse-style audio conversations aligned with students’ interests or challenges give them agency over their learning and ultimately, pull your school or district community together in new and deeper ways. Learning is hard no matter what the grade, and a supportive community that gives students a voice can help them manage their emotions, build resilience, and persevere.
Let’s dive into our new approach to bringing live, meaningful conversations to your school.
Creating a safe space for your learning community starts with controlling the environment. We’re the only solution offering this unique and engaging audio-only experience with the assurance that comes with FERPA and COPPA compliance. With Skilled.space for Schools, only people in your district or school have access. We’ve also introduced the ability to hold privately-hosted Spaces that are only open to students, teachers, and admins who are invited and let into the conversation. Feeling safe is only the first step.
Good relationships make us comfortable and more ready to accept deeper learning opportunities. The best way to foster this is through building trust between students and teachers, and then amongst students themselves. Even daily activities like group work could be all the more meaningful when students consistently come together in Spaces that let them connect over commonalities. Flexible audio conversations take away the pressure that comes from being put ‘on the spot,’ and allow participants to immerse themselves in what is being said, and how to respond. Students are challenged to actively listen to their peers and teachers in new ways, encouraging empathy and emotional support. All of this creates an inclusive school culture. #21stCenturySkills!
Now, we can start to think outside of the traditional barriers and silos of schooling. Kids can be gathered around shared learning interests instead of grade level, reading proficiency, or even physical location. We’re thinking:
- Virtual clubs
- Joining teachers for drop-in office hours
- Hybrid learner break time
- Active listening exercises, and so much more
This is Only the Beginning
Starting today, students will be able to use Skilled.space in their school to come together in new ways, establishing relationships across the classroom, within their school, or through the entire district. But there’s much more to realize and learn.
Be part of the product development process! Sign up your school to trial Skilled.space this spring.
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