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App of the Week: Skaffl

By Stephen Noonoo
June 1st, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.
 skaffl

What’s It Like? Skaffl is a tool for distributing, completing, and grading work on the iPad. Teachers create classes and then share each class’s unique access code with their students, who can then use that code to enroll in the class via their own Skaffl login. Teachers then create three types of activities: an in-app assignment, a student dropbox, or a handout. A handy workflow for these activities appears every time teachers create a new one. Teachers can distribute activities instantly (to some classes, some students, or all at once) or schedule them for a later date.

Price: Free/subscription

Grades: 6-12

Pros: Simple interface and powerful tools make this a great tool for teachers and students to share, complete, and grade materials, especially in 1-to-1 programs.

Cons: Handouts on their own don’t offer much learning. Robust storage, document creation, and other features, including rich media, are available only with a paid subscription.

Bottom line: A flexible, easy-to-use tool for going paperless and sharing materials in a 1-to-1 iPad classroom, with a good starter version for free and a versatile paid option.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.