Is your school or school district trying to develop students as digital citizens? Are your students primarily constructing and presenting their ideas through word processing and the creation of traditional slideshows, the tools of the 1990s? Do you want to bring your students into the Age of digital authorship, creativity, editing and publishing? Are you looking for a safe online haven for local and global student collaboration, aligned with your state or national curriculum standards? Are you struggling to engage students in synthesis, analysis, evaluation and other higher-order thinking skills? Do you want your students to learn responsible social media use, but they only experience social media through a class account that the teacher manages? Are you looking for a better way to provide your students a wider audience to boost their achievement, but you need peace of mind that the audience is safe?
If the answer to one or all these questions is ‘yes’, you and your students will value Yahki.
The beauty of Yahki is its simplicity as a social learning environment for schools, colleges and universities. Yahki is a cloud solution that delivers a safe learning channel to each school or campus, yet naturally extends to users across the entire community. Yahki enables everyone to be a learner and everyone to be a teacher, leveraging the mainstream Web, social media, and local school and campus e-resources.
Students and teachers can curate, create, share, assess, refine, collaborate and connect, locally, nationally, globally. Yahki is an open platform that sits within personal, local and enterprise application layers.
Teachers and students often refer to Yahki as the 'glue' that brings together content, ideas, creativity, formative assessment and reflection…as if social media and the Internet were meant for education. Yahki's education channel functionality enables users to direct specific Web, premium and user-generated content through their school, class, peer and teacher networks. At other times, users can direct content through the separate 'Public' Yahki community channel.
In other words, Yahki respects the needs of users as members of school communities and as wider community members…it is the channel concept and simplicity that sets Yahki apart, solving issues for schools disrupted by Web 2.0. Finally there is a learning channel that brings together all the mainstream social media tools that students (and teachers and parents) know and love - without creating school administration and safety issues. Yahki delivers the best of both worlds.
Yahki brings Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and more into one place, supporting learning, safely.
"Yahki is a viral environment, driven by student and community engagement. It's what we've been waiting for - safe, relevant, engaging and self-sustaining."