Hapara, maker of of Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps, announced today they will add tools for collaborative learning experiences, educator collaboration, and analytics to their offerings.
“Over the last few years we have repeatedly heard from our schools and teachers that they want to go deeper than workflow,” said Jan Zawadzki, CEO of Hapara. “These tools are the logical next step for schools and districts seeking to support the learning that results from deeper insight into student work.”
“Our customers asked for tools to support their efforts in personalized learning and promoting student agency,” said Zawadzki. “They want easier ways to give the formative feedback that structures and scaffolds student learning. Hapara’s suite of tools now makes activity, progress, and learning visible.” Features like Smart Share and Interact gave teachers a new way to engage with students. Construct and Insight are the logical next steps.
With Construct, teachers and students can start with the familiar assignment handout-handin model of learning, and gradually transition into the co-design of tasks or projects. Hapara Lead Educator, Lenva Shearing, says, “Personalized learning requires more participation from students. When we built Construct, we knew that we had to provide a gradual entry for teachers and students into project and assignment management that is more dynamic.”
Insight, Hapara’s analytics platform, gives teachers, students, and school leaders objective and digestible data about activity and learning in Google Apps. Schools want to make evidence-based decisions: How effective was a recent professional development? Which students are getting and using formative feedback? Where do I focus next? Hapara Insight unlocks the the answers to the questions that lie in schools’ use of Google Apps.
Until now, use of Hapara tools was limited to teachers within a Google Apps for Education domain. Both of these constraints are being lifted. Teachers will be able to use Teacher Dashboard in a personal capacity, with any Google Apps account and without access to administrative controls. Furthermore, key aspects of Teacher Dashboard functionality will enable school and district administrators (and teachers) to manage internal collaboration projects. “Teachers don’t just collaborate with their students, they are part of professional learning groups, departments, and extra-curriculars. Now they can turn the Teacher Dashboard lens to those groups as well.”
Hapara Insight and the next generation Teacher Dashboard with the Construct platform are Hapara’s response to the current needs of Hapara’s global community of educators and school leaders. Visit hapara.com now to make the learning in your schools visible, and to help shape future generations of education technology.
Hapara shapes Google Apps to meet the needs of teachers and schools. Its flagship product, Teacher Dashboard, organizes the Google environment the way teachers do—around classes and students. With Hapara Teacher Dashboard, it’s quick and easy for teachers to organize, view and engage with student work. Hapara Teacher Dashboard’s Interact add-on, popular with Google Chromebooks, allows teachers to make sure, in real time, that all students are on track and staying safe. Teacher Dashboard is used in more than 35 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Singapore .
Founded in New Zealand by a strong technology team with extensive Google Apps development experience and with guidance from talented educators, Hapara is a global company based in Palo Alto, California and backed by leading investors.
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