On my visit this week to Waimairi School, principal Mike Anderson showed me how teachers there are using Hapara - a Kiwi designed application that organises Google Apps. I definitely think Google Apps are an amazing tool. As my school has been moving towards collaborative learning communities, we have been looking for ways to make learning 24/ 7, engage with families and the community and to make ICT work for us.
Hapara creates a teacher dashboard, which lets you see your class and their activity on one page.
Check it out!!
During the demonstration that Mike gave me, I was impressed with the ease of navigation. Already I can see endless possibilities using this tool.
A focus at Waimairi has been the development of effective feedback. Students have nominated peers that provide them with feedback and the quality of this was excellent. It was great to be able to pull up a piece of student work, see how they had edited and developed it, read next steps and feedback from their teacher, parents and classmates and then see how they had responded to this.
Would love to hear from anyone using hapara - or perhaps there are other similar applications out there. What other ICT tools do you think will support collaborative teaching and learning to a high level?
This article also gives a good overview of the programme and check out www.hapara.com for all the details.
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.