We’d like to share a great new feature of Sparkjar, called topics.

Thirty second summary:

  • We’ve come up with a beautifully simple way to keep your digital resources organised and easy to access
  • Designed for teachers and learners, adaptable to all classrooms
  • Students can add their own files and notes, take ownership of their digital resources and review the topic at any time

As digital educators, we need simple, easy-to-find spaces where we can store everything that’s needed for a series of lessons, with straight-forward access for students.

Whilst existing file-sharing solutions already provide this, the following issues can often occur:

  • Guiding students to the correct file location can be long-winded
  • Access beyond the lesson is limited by student recall of where resources are saved, and/or their skill in navigating the system to relocate them
  • Files might be shared as part of a lesson assignment, or in a stream of classwork-related posts. This becomes problematic when revisiting a topic, as over time posts and the resources attached to them can get swallowed up into a long stream of content.

We’ve given this aspect of classroom workflow a lot of thought at Sparkjar.

Our solution – topics – is a simple, visible way for educators to organise their teaching resources and provide a clear structure for students to store their linked files.

Screenshot showing 6 Geography topic folders within a Geography class.

Imagine you’re about to start teaching a topic on volcanoes. You have:

Image of files, including presentations, worksheets, templates; web, app and YouTube links; teacher-only resources such as lesson plans.
  • With topics, you can add resources in any format, drag to reorder and control their visibility to students. Files for your own reference can be separated out for quick access.
  • When you need all students to look at the same resource, the speedy ‘all eyes here’ function opens the same file on all student screens at the same time.
  • Images and PDFs can be annotated by the teacher (visible to all) and students (personal annotations visible only to the individual student) with our full range of pen, text and voice note tools.
  • Students can colour code resources and add their own files for easily-accessible, organised storage.
  • Need to reuse the same content with another class? Topics are quick to copy to any class that you teach or share with another teacher.
Topics are stored within classes, making them simple to locate. Screenshot showing a range of Geography topics, linked to a class.
You can add any file type within topics and control its visibility to students. Screenshot showing visibility options and section for teacher-only resources.
Help students find the correct resource by sharing it direct to their screens. Screenshot showing a PDF of volcanoes with arrowing pointing to annotation tools and 'all eyes here' button.o
Screenshot showing student view of a Sparkjar topic on River Processes, with colour coded resources and a space to add their own files.

So there we have it! ‘All eyes here’ brings students straight to the correct resource, making resource sharing faster; everything is stored in a clear structure that’s easy for students to navigate independently, and everything is visible, accessible and easily located even months after you first use it in class. We believe we’ve cracked many of the major issues with digital resource-sharing – what do you think?

If you’d like to see how Sparkjar works for yourself, we’d be delighted to show you what it can do. Book your free 15 minute phone demonstration below.