Research Paper Summary
The Manaiakalani Project Evaluation
What us the impact of the Manaiakalani 1:1 Project on literacy teaching and learning?
Introduction: “The Hook from Heaven”
Manaiakalani (a Hawaiian word meaning “the hook from heaven”) is a multi-year e-learning and literacy project being run by a group of seven schools in a poor urban community in Auckland, New Zealand. The majority of pupils in these schools come from socioeconomically-depressed areas and Maori and Pasifika populations; demographic groups that are over-represented amongst New Zealand’s lower-achieving students. The project’s goal is to increase these students’ engagement and learning outcomes through collaborative e-learning … Read the rest →
This post discusses setting up Blogger for your school domain and the issues you should take into consideration to make it easier to use Blogger with Teacher Dashboard and to reduce your ongoing management effort.
If you have not seen it already, the Pt. England School in Auckland, NZ put together a great resource site with loads of advice and policies they’ve used to manage their 500+ blogs over the last few years. This is a must-read.
Using Teacher Dashboard Blogger views
Teacher Dashboard presents two views into student blogs: a Posts view and a Comments view.
The … Read the rest →
One of the more involved discussions we tend to have with schools is around the structure and generation of student account names. It’s an increasingly important topic as more and more educational systems are linked. In working with the Manaiakalani cluster schools we arrived at a standard ‘Hapara code’ now used by Teacher Dashboard. This document highlights the design criteria and the resulting code structure.
We are looking to open source our implementation of Hapara codes to allow other schools to easily generate safe and robust student email addresses outside of Teacher Dashboard.
What do we want from a student … Read the rest →
Since most of our solutions are either outright designed for or highly applicable to educational institutions, we deal with schools a lot. One question that comes up a fair bit is about the differences between the Google Apps for Education and Microsoft’s Live@Edu systems and their pros and cons.
Here it is, our favorite reason to NOT go with Google Apps: Corporate Email Skills.
We believe that “getting prepared to use Corporate Email” is pretty much the antithesis of “getting prepared for your future”. The attitude so beautifully summarized in this Live@Edu tweet is precisely what got our education … Read the rest →
Congratulations to the delivery team at Tait Radio and WaveAdept on great Google Apps implementation! Really cool video overview of the process is available here. Tait Radio is also a Hapara Access Manager customer: welcome to our community!
There is an easy way to tell.
- Shoulder-surf behind them until they open their Google Apps Gmail. (Or send them an email, walk over, and casually ask them to read it now now now please!)
- Look at the top-right of their Gmail page. Right next to their email address.
- Is there a link that says “Manage this domain”?
If there isn’t… Read the rest →