An Adventure in Learning

Remote learning in the context of a pandemic: Three tenets

After sifting through countless online resources and many 1:1 conversations with educators, I believe there are three big buckets teachers should prioritize during this pandemic: providing stability, sustaining relationships and innovating to support students.

How to thrive and not just survive your school year with Hāpara Workspace

One thing educators are quickly figuring out is that teaching and learning remotely during a public health crisis does not look the same as it did in the classroom. That means many have adapted or been forced to in order to meet even more diverse needs as children learn from home. If students aren’t turning in their work, it probably means you need to adjust your strategy.

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Why aren’t your students turning in their work?

One thing educators are quickly figuring out is that teaching and learning remotely during a public health crisis does not look the same as it did in the classroom. That means many have adapted or been forced to in order to meet even more diverse needs as children learn from home. If students aren’t turning in their work, it probably means you need to adjust your strategy.

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Strategies for teaching and learning from home

When schools are forced to close their doors, moving work into the cloud can be challenging if schools don’t have a strategy in place. However, with a little bit of planning and the right tools, remote learning can present a lot of great opportunities for learning that are unavailable in the traditional classroom.

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What happened to student privacy?

With all of the concern for student safety online, many in the industry have forgotten about a student’s right to privacy. How does a school guarantee that students are doing what they are supposed to be doing online, and provide a safe environment for doing so? The answer is twofold.

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Moving toward visible learning

In project based learning, students learn by working for an extended period of time to research and answer an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge (PBL Works). There are a lot of misconceptions about PBL and what it is.

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A beginner’s guide to ISTE

ISTE is a conference like no other. It will inspire you, motivate you, energize you, and refresh your practice, but it can also be quite daunting. As someone who has attended five of these in the last 10 years, I have learned a few tricks to make the experience a bit easier.

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Deep learning: co-constructing success criteria

Our friend and Hapara Champion Trainer Julian Daher continues to share his expertise on Deep Learning in the latest video in our Teaching with Technology series. This week, Julian discusses one of his favorite practices – co-creating success criteria with learners.

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Fostering Teacher Collaboration in a Digital World

Today, highly effective educators and schools push teacher collaboration so that it has become a norm. The internet has revolutionized education by changing the question from why should we collaborate to how can we foster professional collaboration in a digital world?

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Creating a climate for student collaboration and feedback

My vision for my classroom is to foster an environment where students are comfortable making mistakes and sharing work with peers. The question then becomes, how do I do this? How do I shift from researching and implementing effective feedback strategies to using them to transform my classroom?

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New video series: Teaching with Technology with Julian Daher

We are excited to announce a new video series with Hapara Champion Trainer Julian Daher from the Ottawa Catholic School Board on teaching with technology. Julian will be sharing short videos with us every week to show what teaching with technology looks like in his classroom, and how he uses both online and offline tools and methods to support learners.

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What feedback is and isn’t

We know how important feedback is to help guide student learning, but why does feedback seem to be incredibly impactful sometimes, but make no significant difference other times?

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Three ways to use Hapara beyond the classroom

The transition to teaching and learning in the cloud has led to interesting challenges and opportunities for both classroom teachers and other educators in the school building. As learning moves online, educators are finding new ways to manage learner work and ensure that everyone in the building is working together to create great learning experiences.

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Learn from the best: Hapara Champion blog roundup

The Hapara Champion program brings together educators from around the world to learn more about the pedagogy behind Hapara’s tools and to support each other in making the shift to digital learning. Since its launch in 2015, the program has had over 300 graduates, many of whom are still connected and learning from each other every day.

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Hapara’s ISTE 2017 sessions not to miss

This year at ISTE we’re trying something different. We’re skipping our big Hapara booth and sending a team of staff who will be in the Google and Microsoft partner booths. We’ll also be on the floor meeting with new and existing customers!

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How to get started with Hapara Workspace

Digital learning environments provide unique ways to engage learners and to create more personalized learning experiences, but it can be tough to know how to get started. We’ve put together this Workspace Cheat Sheet to help you set up a digital learning environment that engages all of the learners in your classroom.

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Using data to measure digital literacy

Digital literacy is not a new term. It’s not a buzzword that will fade away in a few years, it is a critical part of teaching learners the skills they need to be successful. Most of us interact with a computer of some sort on a daily basis.

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What’s trending from iNACOL 2016

We talk to teachers and educators every day, but attending conferences like iNACOL really amplifies their conversations and reveals some of the big trends happening in K12 education. Below are the top 4 topics we heard trending at iNACOL 2016.

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How to make ISTE 2016 a learning adventure

ISTE 2016 is almost here! We’re super excited to meet with teachers from around the world next week in Denver, but we also know that ISTE can be a little overwhelming. So, here are our tips and tricks for making ISTE an awesome learning adventure.

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District offers secure exams with Hapara and G Suite

What if you want your secure examinations to be learning experiences and opportunities for learners to express their creativity, and to demonstrate a wide spectrum of their understanding and capabilities? Add the challenge of using Google Apps, and web content. Then what?

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Hapara student voice podcast

Hapara Certified Educators Jennifer Struebing and Lisa Harrison spoke with Larry Jacobs of Education Talk Radio to share how they use digital tools to raise student voice in their respective schools.

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Learn by doing, not by PowerPointing

Are the days of point-and-click Professional Development over?
On Monday, the Hapara Workspace team released an exciting new feature that allows teachers to add other teachers, staff, and admins as learners to Workspace. Now, professional developers and instructional coaches can use Hapara to accelerate the learning of staff and teachers in professional development contexts. It also gives educators new collaborative options for PLCs and PLNs.

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Hapara plays nicely with your LMS

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are growing in popularity in primary and secondary education settings. At Hapara, we are getting more requests from schools that use LMS’s like Schoology, Edmodo, and Canvas to make it easier for Hapara’s Instructional Management System (IMS) to seamlessly integrate with these LMS’s.

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Crossing the chasm of GAFE adoption

  WRITTEN BY Allison Winston In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations evaluate the success of their implementation based on teacher adoption rather than the impact that adoption is having on...

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Workspace of the week winners! Jan. 29, 2016

Hapara Certified Educator Jennifer Streubing designed a three-part poetry unit for her 10th grade English class at Maine West High School in Illinois, USA. Check out the awesome performance poetry videos and the ways Jennifer has encouraged learners to take more ownership by having them teach each other.

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Google groups, organization units and subdomains – explainer

Technology directors and facilitators new to the Google Suite game must master a new vernacular. When managing a Google Suite domain, three things you must quickly learn about are groups, organization units (OU’s), and subdomains. Each has a host of different applications, some overlapping, and can be used to assist a school system with data maintenance and customization.

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