It’s 6:30 a.m., and Mrs. Perkins, a fifth-grade teacher, browses the district’s library of content in Hāpara for a text she can teach in her science class. With just a few clicks, she shares the content with each student to quickly access it when they log in to their Hāpara Student Dashboard Digital Backpack.
This solution works on any device using a web browser, and each student can log in using their existing Google Workspace for Education account username and password. One of Mrs. Perkins’s learners uses assistive technology, a screen reader, to read and can also access the digital materials. Thanks to the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack’s technology, the content within the system is compliant with accessibility standards, all without Mrs. Perkins needing to do any work on her part. This alignment allows every student the opportunity to engage with digital content successfully.
A learner starts her day with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack
By 7:30 a.m., Jasmine, a high school student in the same district where Mrs. Perkins teaches, logs into the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack from her phone. She reviews her announcements section to read feedback from her teacher on a previous assignment and looks over her homework. Finally, Jasmine steps off the bus, ready for the day, and is confident that no due assignments will surprise her.
Once at school, she uses her Student Dashboard Digital Backpack again to see her to-do list and access the Google Drive files for her geometry class. Using the tool, Jasmine can access her work without the distractions or clutter of a busy Gmail inbox or the need to toggle between folders in Google Drive and Google Classroom. Her Student Dashboard Digital Backpack brings together everything she needs for learning, on any device.
Distributing open educational resources
It’s now 10 a.m. at the district office, and the Curriculum Coordinator, Mr. Stone, receives an email from the science department chair at one of the junior high schools. The teacher asks for help finding resources related to metabolic reactions because the information in the textbook is outdated and inaccurate.
Mr. Stone locates openly licensed content found on OER Commons and uploads it within the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. He converts the resources into a format that will be easy for learners to access and read on any device. In a couple of days, the content will be ready to use and available to any educator in the district. Google Drive folders are no longer needed, and the task of making sure none of those resources get accidentally moved or duplicated becomes obsolete. Student Dashboard Digital Backpack is the one-stop location for all the district’s digital resources.
Accessing digital learning resources
At 11:00 a.m., Jasmine is in her 10th-grade biology class. She is working on a Project-Based Learning assignment called Slow The Spread, where her class is studying how to design healthier learning environments. Jasmine’s teacher asks the students to open their Chromebooks to access Hāpara.
She opens her Chromebook, signs into Student Dashboard Digital Backpack and quickly sees two articles her teacher shared. The first is a reading about sustainable building design and another covers recommendations for improving indoor air quality. Jasmine is able to quickly read and add notes to a collaborative Google Doc for her group project.
Meeting a learner’s reading needs
At 11:30 during lunch, Mrs. Perkins, the fifth-grade teacher, checks her email and notices a message from a student’s parent. The parent is worried that his son is falling behind in science, that the textbook provided is difficult to understand and isn’t meeting his needs.
Mrs. Perkins reviews the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack library of content that her district has curated. She finds a set of readings at the learner’s level that also covers the same material. Locating, reviewing and sharing the resources takes less than five minutes. Mrs. Perkins thanks the parent for bringing this issue to her attention and assures that his son will start using content suited to his needs.
Flexible instruction and learning in real-time
After lunch, at 1:00 p.m., Mrs. Perkins’s class begins to work on a history project. First, they open their Chromebooks and log into mystudentdashboard.com using their school-issued Google Workspace for Education account. Once logged in, the learners select Social Studies from the drop-down menu to access the digital textbook and two open educational resources.
During a class discussion about European explorers, a student asks, “Did these explorers take pictures of what they found?” Mrs. Perkins has the perfect resource to answer this question that she planned to share next week, but pivots to using it now. She quickly locates the document that includes hand-drawn representations and short descriptions of the events, and with a few clicks, shares it with the entire class. Instantly, the resources appear for the students, and their learning begins.
Transparency and access for school leaders
By 2:30 p.m., the principal at Jasmine’s high school receives a worrisome email from a parent who thinks the school is utilizing a book with controversial content. So he logs in, reviews the list of books, and confirms the book in question is not a part of the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. With easy access to all of the district’s resources, the principal solves the issue quickly and confidently communicates with the parent to resolve the concern.
Staff collaboration with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack
After school, at 3:00 p.m., the staff at Mrs. Perkins’s school gathers for their monthly grade-level Professional Learning Community on the topic of student engagement. The principal shares an open educational resource with the teachers using the Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. During this session, the educators review the Simple Critique Protocol to help students provide kind and specific feedback when working in a group setting.
They practice the protocol and make a plan for using it that week with their learners, including a time when they will reflect upon their activity and make improvements in the future. The Student Dashboard Digital Backpack makes it easy for the principal to quickly share content with all the teachers, without worrying about it being moved out of a folder within Google Drive or having an educator accidentally edit the master document.
Easily keeping parents informed
It’s now 4:00 p.m. after school, and Jasmine’s mom asks to see her Student Dashboard. Her mom can easily see which assignments are coming up, overdue or graded. This insight allows her to see how Jasmine is doing in school and provide support on any upcoming homework or projects.
With Hāpara’s Student Dashboard Digital Backpack, students have everything they need to learn, in one digital hub. It removes the need to navigate various websites or apps and search their Google Drive for important academic documents while putting everything in a single dashboard. This streamlined location reduces stress for learners, teachers and parents by providing complete insight into each student’s education. Additionally, the platform offers seamless management and distribution of free open educational resources, licensed content and materials created by the school that administrators can share instantly. This capability saves money for districts by implementing regular updates to the curricula with little to no additional costs. Student Dashboard Digital Backpack makes content responsive and accessible, allowing every student to engage with personalized resources and reach their full learning potential.