This spring we’ve started rolling out pilots across the country and we’ve seen teachers and coaches bring Skilled.space alive in ways we never imagined.
Each day, we are seeing students launched into Space to learn from one another, connect over commonalities, and build relationships. As the school year is nearing its end, we’d like to spotlight one of our earliest adopters of Skilled.space, Roosevelt Middle School, just outside Chicago, IL.
A group of fifth grade ELA teachers have come together this spring to reimagine the way they conduct student book clubs. Since students haven’t been able to be together face-to-face, they are instead blasting off into Skilled.space. This will allow them to continue to connect over assigned reading, and through the use of live audio, take their discussions to the next level.
The Multi-class Book Club
At Roosevelt Middle School, fifth graders have a choice of reading one of seven books this spring. The ELA teachers thought “wouldn’t it be cool to heighten the discussion by letting students share ideas, collaborate, and challenge each other, no matter what section they’re in?”
As Tech Integration Specialist, Renee Epstein, put it, “Normally kids wouldn’t talk to kids in other classes, and right now, teachers can’t just pull them together into the hallway.”
This project idea needed some intervention. Renee needed a space that would be safe and be in FERPA/COPPA compliance. So she turned to Skilled.space for live, audio-only Spaces to bring students and teachers together. Teachers were now able to place students across multiple classes in one of seven Spaces: one for every book option.
Each week provides a new topic. In the first week of the unit, all seven Spaces focused their conversations on character development. Then in week two, they shifted to identifying themes. Over time, students have been able to use their Spaces to explore the foundations of literary analysis through focused conversations.
It was inevitable that this one great idea would spark another. So, starting in the fall, Roosevelt Middle School will also be rolling out a new program in their Foreign Language department. They will bring students learning Spanish together in Space with ‘pen pals’ from other Latin American countries to practice language and foster relationships across borders.
Whether it’s across the hall, or across the world, Skilled.space quickly connects students with opportunities for learning and discovery through free-flowing conversations that propel.
Now it’s Your Turn to Get Students in Space
Each day, teachers are coming up with creative ways to get their students talking, thinking, and connecting within Skilled.space. What are some ways you can think of that would work for you and your students to build on lessons, discuss new concepts, and discover commonalities within a live audio-only environment? In what ways can your students practice active listening and social discourse? If you are interested in pulling your students together in Space to have meaningful conversations free from video conferencing fatigue, we’re here to help.
It’s as easy as 3, 2, 1…blast off!
Create your free account and follow the easy 3-step instructions to get your students in Space. It’s that simple. Pilot Skilled.space with your students before the end of the school year and you’ll be entered to win one of three 16” MacBook Pros!