5 Steps to Get Started with Spaces EDU

We are all looking for better ways to engage and interact with students. I not only want to engage the students, I want to see that they have actually learned! I personally do not believe that grades show growth. What does a C mean? They did all their work, but struggled with the content? They are masters of content, but do they not do the busy work? Spaces is an assessment platform that makes it easy to capture, assess and share student growth. Here are 5 steps to getting started with Spaces EDU.

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1. Create a class

After creating an account and logging in, I log in with my Google account, you want to “Add class”.

Spaces is not a replacement for Google Classroom, it works with Google Classroom! You can choose to invite your Google Classroom team to your Space.

Choose your settings

Spaces are about GROWTH. You want to keep the settings that you want to add curriculum tags and set curriculum goals for the students.

Students must accept the class invitation to be loaded into Spaces.

2. Get to know the class feed

Students “get” instant intervals. It looks like a lot of social media space. However, this is for education! To the left is the list of students who have joined the class. On the right side is where you can define your curriculum goals. Along the top, there are various ways to interact with students using Spaces.

  • Feed – Where you and students can interact and share.
  • Activities – Create assignments and tasks that students can perform
  • Space – Engages students in group discussions, project-based work, self-reflection with a specific SPACE for these types of interactions.
  • Messages – Connect with PARENTS, students and families.
  • People – students, parents and teachers.

Create a post

Start by making a post! This is not something students should do or be evaluated. Just create a greeting that welcomes students to the room.

3. Send an audio recording

Get started with any EdTech tool … start small. Help your students get used to Spaces Feed, and encourage them to share. Note the options when creating a post. Use the camera to post a selfie or video. Use the sound setting to record your voice directly in the record. This is a fun and easy way to get in touch with the students in person.

Students can also respond with video, audio, text or add a file! For a team posting, the student responses are visible to everyone with whom the post is shared. However, a Spaces class is private to your class. This creates a safe place for students to share with their class.

4. Connect your standards

Spaces very likely have your standards already preloaded. Use the sidebar to select a syllabus set. Once you’ve chosen the set of standards you want to use with the class, choose the one or two you focus on this week. This makes it easy to adapt your activities to standards.

When creating a post or assignment, easily select the “Curriculum Tag” you are working on.

Here is the standard I chose: “CCR.LL.1 • Participate in literacy learning through collaborative and community action and in an integrated way rather than as discrete skills in isolation.” Spaces are perfect for this standard! Spaces build community and allow students to engage in reading and writing learning.

Of course, Spaces is also great for math.

5. Invite families

Spaces allow you to get in touch with parents and guardians. Click “People” at the top to add the email address of a family member.

As a teacher, you can leave messages for the class, for the student or for families. This makes it really easy to keep clear communication with everyone.

5 steps to get started with Spaces EDU

Use a FREE Spaces EDU account to engage and interact with students. Here are 5 steps to getting started with Spaces EDU

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