USE EXISTING MATERIALS
Import your existing PowerPoint or Google Slides. Break apart your existing worksheets, readings, or assessments. Or include free content from Engage NY, Core Knowledge, PhET, or the Stanford History Project.
OR CREATE YOUR OWN
Create colorful cards with rich text and drawings, photos, or videos. Include online resources using integrated YouTube and image search. Add sentence starters and frames to scaffold Do Nows, Exit Tickets, and other writing activities. Automatically generate and add quizzes for math, reading, and spelling.
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides can be easily added to your lesson with just a couple of clicks. They can be used as collaborative documents, or as templates for students to modify and submit individually.
GREAT FOR TEACHING A WHOLE CLASS
Includes flexible options to hide and reveal content, as well as differentiation tools to accommodate SPED, ELD, gifted, etc. students. Student responses can be kept private for independent work, or shared with classmates for think-pair-share and other partner strategies. Work interactively with co-teachers and instructional aides.
GREAT FOR TEACHING SMALL GROUPS
Provide small group instruction using differentiated cards and lessons, while keeping a birds-eye view of the entire class. Group projects and presentations are easy for students to work on together with SKIES' lesson-making tools.
EVEN HYBRID AND REMOTE TEACHING
Built-in video conferencing with shared screens and flexible groups makes it easy to teach at a distance. Moderated text chat between teachers and students provides a convenient way to stay in touch. Works to support a few sick students, a hybrid situation, or even fully remote teaching.
MANY WAYS FOR STUDENTS TO RESPOND
Universal Design for Learning takes off with flexible multimedia options, where students can respond using text, audio, drawing, photos, videos, explainers, etc. They can draw and type on worksheets. Or they can answer multiple choice, matching, MAZE-type questions, and more. Of course, all this functionality is under the control of the teacher.
PRACTICE IS FUN
Questions can be given in a self-paced mode, good for independent practice, or teacher-guided mode, ideal for a fast whole-class review. A scoreboard with anonymous nicknames and music adds competition and fun.
GRADING IS EASY
Grading is fast with the Mass Grader, which groups answers to the same question together and makes it easy to grade in bulk. Leave text, voice, or annotation feedback with just a couple of clicks. There are flexible ways to assign points and grade. And you can send grades straight to Schoology.
Student work is electronically stored and organized forever, and can be printed out any time for bulletin boards and documentation. Automatically created student portfolios make it easy to review all the work a student has done in an academic year — great for IEP documentation and parent conferences. Open house demos can include highlights of student work, thanks to built in presentation and exhibition tools.
TOOLS FOR EARLY LITERACY AND SPEAKING
Phonics practice on CVC words, Fry words, and others using an interactive explorer and cards with autogenerated pictures, syllables, and phonemes. Audio recordings with voice recognition make it easy to track student progress with verbal fluency and conversational skills. Read-alouds and visual text activities are easily generated with available tools.
TOOLS FOR WRITING AND LANGUAGE
Written work can be submitted as a rich text card in SKIES or a Google Document. Doing writing workshops? Student work can be copied and pasted between stacks, making it easy to save student progressions between different stages. Sentence editing activities are a breeze to grade, with tools that automatically align student work to a key. And Language Goggles automatically translate lesson content and student responses into the native language of ELD/ESL students and parents.
TOOLS FOR MATH
Students can submit work using the built-in rich text and equation editor, the drawing tool, or the camera tool. The chunker makes it convenient to break existing resources apart in a format that is easy to grade and differentiate. Quick response cards group similar responses together, making math grading fast. Explainer video recordings make it easy for teachers to record examples, and students to document their thinking.
TOOLS FOR CODING
Computer programs in C, Python, or Processing can be submitted and run instantly within SKIES. This makes teaching coding interactive: teachers can display a prompt, get responses, and grade them right away. Teachers can also allow students to see each other's submissions for collaborative exercises.
Full support for laptops, Chromebooks, iPhones, and iPads. iOS devices get a native app, for maximum speed and responsiveness.