Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yeti?
Yeti Academy is a full STEM education platform for 3rd-9th grade students. Yeti Academy will consist of Yeti Code, a single and multiplayer coding game, and interactive, project-based STEM modules that can be customized for any classroom.  Each lesson is meticulously designed by a highly accredited curriculum designer with years of STEM classroom teaching experience.
What is STEM
STEM stands for Science Technology, Engineering, and Math
What courses does Yeti Academy teach?
 

Yeti Academy offers the following STEM courses. Yeti Academy is committed to growing this list of courses.

Yeti Code Level 1 & 2 (Coding: Grades 3-12) Available Now

Teaches students coding skills in a fun interactive Yeti snow mountain environment. Two distinct coding curriculums offered for beginning and advanced coders. Coding games can be played by single students or students can go head to head in multiplayer coding competitions.

Yeti K2 Coding: (Coding: Grades K-2) Coming Soon

Mars Expedition: (HTML 5 Coding: Grades 5+ ) Coming Soon

Students embark on an exciting journey as they build their very own website that will take viewers on an expedition to Mars while they learn HTML 5.

Theme Parks (Google Suite/Formerly known as Google Suite: Grades 6-9) Available Now

A technology-based curriculum where students learn to use Google Suite tools while building their very own theme park.  Students work through each of the lessons and learn the tools they need to make it a (virtual) reality!  From logo design to site visit planning, and creating e-portfolios, Theme Parks offers hands-on learning to help develop your students business, school related, and personal skills.  This course features an intentional inclusion of digital citizenship topics.

Snowboard Shop (Google Workspace/Formerly known as Google Suite: Grades 3-5) Available Now

Sadie Shred is opening a snowboard shop called the “Backcountry Yeti” at the Black Diamond Peak ski resort. Students will help her launch a successful business and ride the chute past the competition! Students will learn and use Google Suite to help Sadie accomplish her tasks. Complete with in app video guidance.

Sports Med (Biology/Life Science Elective: Grades 6-9) Coming Soon

A technology-based introductory Biology/Life Science class based on NGS Standards. It provides a student-driven project and problem-based curriculum.  The module is broken down into thirteen concepts, each with varying numbers of lessons.  Each lesson page includes seven student modalities. The pacing of the module can easily be adapted based on the preferences of the classroom teacher and time restraints of the class and can be easily adapted to the teaching style of any classroom.

Custom Keyboarding  (Keyboarding: Grades K-12) Available Now

This easy to use typing course allows teachers to serve up custom typing lessons to their students. Yeti Type is a great way to reinforce critical typing skills while serving up content that is relevant to your students’ current learning objectives.

Super Citizenship  (Digital Citizenship: Grades 3-5) Available Now

Prepares your 3-5 students to be successful in this digital age with this curriculum that is aligned with ISTE standards. Digital citizenship concepts are brought to life with a series of exciting super hero videos with lessons to reinforce learning, and an illustrated scenario-based quiz

Sports PR Agency  (Digital Citizenship: Grades 6-9) Available Now

In the Sports PR Agency module, students will participate in individual and collaborative project and problem based activities, centered around digital influence topics and scenarios.  “Working” in a virtual PR agency, students will manage athletes and help them to understand the impact and etiquette surrounding digital influence. Complete with introductory videos with real world teens offering instant identification and relatability for your students!

The Pizzeria (Computational Thinking: Grades 3-5) Coming Soon

As students journey through each concept and lesson, they are considering different facets associated with operating Bigfoot’s Pinecone Pizzeria restaurant. “The Pizzeria” module is divided into four concepts, corresponding to the four elements of computational thinking: Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction, Algorithmic Thinking.

Bike Shop (Computational Thinking: Grades 6-9) Coming Soon

This module is divided into four concepts, corresponding to the four elements of computational thinking: Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction, Algorithmic Thinking and utilizes a technology-based and student-driven curriculum where students practice computational thinking through a problem-based approach.

“Create a Course” Custom Curriculum Builder (Grades K-12) Available Now

Do you have your own course that you’d like to offer your students? Use this nifty tool to “Yetify” your own curriculum and serve it up with ease to your students, your school, or even your entire district. Includes the option to use ready to go templates, gamification, and  all the exciting in-app features that Yeti Academy offers. Easy to follow instructions for both students and teachers.

Yeti Academy PD: (Professional Development) Coming Soon

No more going back and forth with multiple platforms for your Professional Development needs.  Now, your students and your teachers and staff can all learn in one place with Yeti Academy. In addition to offering courses for you to choose from you can enter your custom Professional Development content easily into the platform and serve it up to teaching staff school or district wide.

 

Is Yeti Academy designed for the classroom or remote learning environment?
Both.  Yeti Academy is an online program designed for the classroom and can be seamlessly integrated into a remote classroom environment or a hybrid version of both. Yeti Academy  sets each student up for success by giving them the ability to work at their own pace in a differentiated learning style.

For example, in each module, the ENRICH modality is just that, an enrichment opportunity.  Students who have scored well on the EVALUATE graded assessment can move on to the ENRICH activity.  Students who require more practice can go back and reread EXPLAIN or spend more time on the EMPOWER quiz game.  Students are prompted to move to the next modality when the previous activity is marked complete.  While some students may quickly breeze through a lesson and move on to the videos and links included in EXPLORE, other students can take the extra time they need to review and learn the concepts.  The Yeti approach allows teachers to provide differentiated learning without having to create separate materials.

What teacher resources are available in Yeti Academy?
This is where Yeti really stands out! No longer do teachers have to spend their summers preparing for their classes, Yeti Academy has done all the work for you and is packed full of teacher resources!  Teachers are supplied with lesson plans, activities, slide shows, tests, and much more that can be used in electronic format or printed. The extensive resources we have made available to teachers is what sets Yeti apart!

Snowboard Shop, The Pizzeria, and Bike Shop have Teacher Summaries, Artifact Templates, Slide Presentations, Artifact Examples, and Scoring Checklists, as required.  These vary, based on lessons.  Larger modules like Sports Med, Sports PR Agency, and Theme Parks have the elements listed previously, but they also include both written and Forms Assessments, Assessment Keys, Lesson Plans, Teacher Notes, Student Note Packet Templates, Note Packet Scoring Sheets, and more robust teacher materials like warm-up and closing activity sheets and resources.

Is Yeti Free or Paid?
There will always be a freemium version of Yeti.  You can upgrade to the premium version to get access to the full version of all of the STEM modules, teacher resources, and the additional features and benefits of Yeti.
Can School Districts Use Yeti?
Yeti will be available at the school level first, which means that stand-alone schools and schools under districts can use Yeti Academy. Districts can purchase Yeti Academy for their schools district-wide for the 2021/2022 school year. We plan to launch Yeti Academy formally to districts in early 2022.
Can I Upload my own Content into Yeti?
Yes! In Yeti teachers will have the ability to add their own content and build their own courses and serve it up to their students using Yeti Academy’s exclusive online suite of features and tools! School or district staff will also be able to use our Professional Development course builder to enter their custom PD content and serve it up to their teachers school or district wide!
Will Yeti Have Reporting?
Yes, Yeti will include reporting features. Teachers can gauge student progress, see how much time students are spending on lessons, and show reports to parents.
What Are My Rostering Options?
There are several ways you can roster your Yeti classes.  Students can be manually rostered one at a time, students can can roster via self-registration, you can upload a .csv file, or choose to use Google Classroom and Office 365. ClassLink rostering will be coming soon.
Is Yeti Academy Aligned with ISTE Standards for Learning? Other Standards?
Yes. Yeti Academy’s modules are aligned with ISTE, NGSS, and Common Core State Standards.   Most teacher resources define ISTE standards included in the lesson as well as science and engineering practices. Science modules like Sports Med also include the NGSS standards where applicable. The Common Core is a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  The standards are intended to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. These standards are aligned to the expectations of colleges, workforce training programs, and employers.  All standards are outlined within the module(s) that they apply to.
Authors: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers Title: Common Core State Standards Publisher: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C. Copyright Date: 2010. http://www.corestandards.org/E
How Long Can I Have Yeti for Free?
Typing Agent paid users will free access to Yeti Academy Premium until July 1, 2021. The freemium and paid versions of Yeti Academy will begin Summer 2021. Premium features will be fee based.  
When will Yeti Academy be available to the general public?
Yeti Academy will be available to the general public starting Summer of 2021.  Yeti Academy will have both a premium and paid version available. Yeti Academy will have special introductory pricing for all first year subscribers!  Be sure to sign-up here to get on the list to be notified when that time arrives!
What Grades Does Yeti Serve?
Yeti is primarily designed for middle school students, grades 6-9. However, some modules may be applicable for early high school students. We will be adding modules for elementary students, starting with our Digital Citizenship 3-5 and Google Suites 3-5 module.
How long is each course in Yeti Academy?
Yeti Academy’s courses range from small “project-based” courses that can take a few weeks to a month, to courses that span a semester, to an entire year or more.
Is Yeti Designed For Traditional Classroom Instruction or Self-Directed Environments?
Both. Yeti is an online program designed for the classroom and can be seamlessly integrated into a remote classroom environment. It can also be used in student-directed settings. Yeti Academy’s approach to differentiated learning caters to students success and allows students to work at their own pace.

For example, in each module, the ENRICH modality is just that, an enrichment opportunity.  Students who have scored well on the EVALUATE graded assessment can move on to the ENRICH activity.  Students who require more practice can go back and reread EXPLAIN or spend more time on the EMPOWER quiz game.  Students are prompted to move to the next modality when the previous activity is marked complete.  While some students may quickly breeze through a lesson and move on to the videos and links included in EXPLORE, other students can take the extra time they need to review and learn the concepts.  The Yeti approach allows teachers to provide differentiated learning without having to create separate materials.

Will Yeti Work with Classroom, Canvas, or Schoology?
Yeti currently works with Google Classroom we will be considering these other integrations based on need.
Do I Need to Load/Roster My Students into the Platform to Use the Yeti Modules?
Yes. There are many ways to add your students into Yeti Academy. Students can self-register, teachers can add students manually, upload via .csv file, or roster students using Google Classroom, and soon Clever and ClassLink. 
How Do I Get Started? Are There Quick-Start Videos or Guides?
Yes. There are currently some quick-start videos, help guides in the Yeti Academy Solution Center and printable guides for teachers.  We will keep building these areas out as we go.
Can Teachers Get PD Credit for Yeti Academy Training?
Yes, if your school or district recognizes it as such, it is possible for teachers to do an online training for Yeti Academy and receive PD Credit.
Will My Students Need Additional Materials or Supplies to Complete Assignments?
No additional instructional printed materials are needed. All printed materials relating to Yeti Academy, including detailed lesson plans and teacher notes, can be downloaded or viewed directly from the site. 

Detailed lesson plans related to in-class lab experiments will note which student materials and teacher supplies are needed at the classroom level, including supplier ideas for supplies.

Is There Live Tech Support If I Need It?
Yes, the Yeti Success Team is here to help you M-F from 7:30am – 4:00 pm PST. Support will be available via in app chat and email. 
Will the Free Version of Yeti Have Ads?
No, at this time Yeti’s free version will be completely ad-free.
Will Yeti have any special remote learning features?
Definitely!  Yeti Academy will be launched with some pretty exciting features that will be very helpful for remote learning environments; they’ll be nice to have in-class as well.  These features, many of which will be first to market, will take teacher and student and student to student communication to the next level!
How much does Yeti Academy cost?
Yeti Academy licenses for the 21/22 school year will be site based and will begin with first year introductory prices that will be 50% off regular rates. Prices for the first year will range from  149.95 – 995.00 depending on the size of your classroom or school. We encourage you to get in early to get those special prices.  Yeti Academy is available to everyone and everyone has a chance to save on special first year pricing. All Typing Agent paid users will get an additional “Summit Club” discount. Click here for more details.  To request a quote please email us at: support@yetiacademy.com.

 

 

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ENDORSEMENTS

What Educators
Are Saying

“My administration is always asking us about ideas/classes they would consider teaching as electives. I would love to teach one of the Yeti modules, because everything would be included and I don’t have to do a lot of planning.”

— S. Harrington

7th Grade Teacher, California

“Having had a chance to preview Yeti, I love all of the creative elements and components. Each lesson in the 7 modalities is so thorough and well thought out.”

— J. Westover

6th Grade Teacher, Florida

“I really appreciate how Yeti has thoughtfully weaved Digital Citizenship components into the various technology modules. It supports the efforts our school is making as we strive to instill these qualities in our students as they are increasingly online in a remote environment.”

 

— T. Jordan

8th Grade Teacher, Washington State

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