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Use Skaffl as the primary tool for distributing handouts and assignments in your class. Upload pre-made worksheets and handouts from other apps into Skaffl and distribute them to your classes. Use Skaffl to distribute essay prompts, field trip permission slips, study guides, and daily homework. Encourage kids to use word-processing apps on their devices and submit their completed work via the dropbox feature. As with any paperless document/assignment management tool, you can use Skaffl as an opportunity to make assignments more iterative. Create regular cycles of feedback so students do multiple revisions of each assignment and see their work as a project. With a paid subscription, explore how photo, video, and audio can explode the notion of what an assignment or assessment can be.Continue reading Show less
Editor's Note: Skaffl is no longer available for download.
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.
The Skaffl app is always free for students, and teachers can choose a free or paid version -- school and district pricing is also available. The free version allows up to 100 assignments, up to 10 MB of data, and PDF files. The premium version lets teachers create activities and handouts within the app, supports more file formats (including media like photo, video, and audio), and comes with unlimited assignments and a 100 MB data limit. These paid options will be highly attractive to teachers looking to use Skaffl more extensively and to approach assignment and assessment design more innovatively with a mixed media approach.
When teachers upload and distribute documents, there are clever customization options -- and a handy visual for different workflow options -- that point to the developer's thoughtful understanding of how materials can be assigned and turned in. Some worksheets can be assigned as simple handouts for annotation, others require students to complete an activity and turn in for feedback, and another assignment type creates a dropbox that lets students complete work outside of the app and turn it in through Skaffl. This last option usefully accounts for the fact that some activities (like those that require longer written responses) are best completed in other apps. The premium version definitely offers more features, but the developers have included enough workarounds that the free version can offer a great value for some teachers.
Using Skaffl has the same pitfalls as any other system that involves worksheets: Teachers should be sure to create assignments that are well-suited to digital creation and don't stray into the realm of busy work. While the app itself won't teach kids anything in particular, it could be a great tool for efficiently sharing materials, completing assignments, and giving feedback in the 1-to-1 classroom.