Using SKIES Tables

Tables is instant video conferencing built into SKIES. It makes it easy to do whole group, partner, and small group instruction.

Getting Started (2 min 16 sec video)

Go into your course, locate at the right-bottom corner of the screen the Waffle Bar, then press the following buttons in order, starting from the top:

  • Waffle: displays video chat
  • Start camera
  • Open microphone
  • Share screen (optional)

The blue switch at the upper-right is like the light switch to your classroom — when it is off, the room is closed to students.

You can hide video chat by clicking the waffle or clicking the X on the upper-left. Even when hidden, chat is still active! Your students can still see and hear you, and you can still hear your students.

Assigned Seating (2 min 20 sec video)

  • Students who are logged into the lesson appear as video squares
  • Students who are NOT logged into the lesson appear as empty seats.
  • Drag in all seats and students who are allowed inside, at the table you want them. This is called assigning seats.

This is easier than the waiting room in Zoom. Once you assign seats, students who enter a SKIES lesson will automatically show up in the video chat room at the proper table.

Collaborative versus Non-Collaborative Tables (3 min 30 sec video)

  • Collaborative tables = students can unmute themselves.
  • Non-collaborative tables = teacher must ask students to unmute themselves.
  • You can easily toggle tables between collaborative and non-collaborative modes.

Usually, whole group discussions are done at non-collaborative tables, with students raising their hand when they want to talk. Partner and small group discussions are usually done at collaborative tables.

Sharing Your Screen (2 min 14 sec video)

  • Teachers can share their screen by clicking the computer-monitor icon.
  • This causes an icon (teacher’s initials) to pop up on the students’ screens.
  • When students click on the icon, they can see the teacher’s screen and follow along.

Students can also share their screen at collaborative tables. This can be helpful for students to work together, or for teachers to help with tech issues.

Hexagon View (1 min 33 sec video)

  • Hexagon view lets you see select faces while viewing your SKIES lesson.
  • To use this, just click on video squares to select them in orange, then click the waffle to hide video chat.
  • Both teachers and students can use this feature.

Placing, Listening, and Visiting Tables (8 min 26 sec video)

  • Teachers can place students in Tables.
  • Audio stays within the Table — students can talk without interrupting the class.
  • The teacher can listen into Tables to monitor conversations.
  • The teacher can also visit the Table to chat with students privately.

Teachers can see everyone in all Tables at all times. Students can see the classmates at their Table, plus anyone at the front of the room.

Front of the Class is Special (2 min 50 sec video)

  • Everyone can hear people at the front of the class.
  • You can put students at the front so they can share out.
  • This is useful for think-pair-share, and for class presentations.

Allowing Students To Place Themselves (2 min 58 sec video)

  • Teachers can allow students to move themselves between Tables.
  • Teachers can turn this off and on as needed.

For example, a teacher might let students go to the front of the room for whole-group discussion, then return to their tables to work with their partners.

Troubleshooting (2 min 40 sec video)

Make sure students have

  • enabled camera/microphone permissions on Chrome
  • “popped out” of the Schoology frame
  • quit Zoom or Google Meet entirely (not just hidden it)

We always recommend that students download the latest version of the SKIES iOS app, and make sure they have the latest version of the SKIES web app (click SHIFT-Refresh). Students should also check to make sure their Chrome browser is up to date (at least version 86).