The most requested feature for Hapara is now here!
Teachers may now create their own “ad-hoc” classes within Hapara, allowing for Hapara to be used outside of the regularly scheduled courses in Synergy. This feature will be especially useful for fluid grouping situations at elementary school, after school academic support sessions for secondary schools, or school sponsored clubs and groups.
How to Create a Class
In the Manage Classes screen, select the Add Class button
Enter a name for the Class, then click Create Class
On the Class Info page for the new Class, choose Add New to add teachers or students to the class. Teachers need to be added by email address (@class.lps.org) individually, students can be added either individually or in a comma separated list of email addresses (@class.lps.org).
I understand that use of this Hapara feature is permitted only if it is pertinent to my work assignment at Lincoln Public Schools.
What it Offers You
Hapara Teacher Dashboard will show a Documents tab containing all Google Drive work shared with the teacher, organized by student.
Hapara Highlights & Workspaces should behave as expected in a regularly (Synergy) scheduled course.
Helpful Things to Know
Add Students or Teachers On the Class Info page for the new Class, alongside Learners (students) or Teachers, choose Add New. They are added by email address and can be added individually or in a list. To remove a learner, select them from the list and then click the Remove button.
Remove Students or Teachers On the Class Info page for the new Class, select the Student or Teacher from the list and then click the Remove button.
Deactivating a class Any teacher in a class can deactivate the class, which will remove it from Manage Classes.
End of the Year When a complete archive is run by LPS at the end of a school year (July?), manually created classes will be archived.
If you have attended a Hapara Highlights training, you will likely recall one of the major features of the tool is called “Focused Browsing.” It allows you to open one or more tabs (URLs) on the Chromebooks of students in your class. At the same time, you can focus your students on just the new browser tab(s) for a set period of time using the Focused Browsing feature. When a Focused Browsing session is active, students can’t open new tabs, swap to other tabs or browse to new sites or URLs. More information on how to use Focused Browse can be found on this resource:
In many instructional situations, a teacher may want to be prescriptive in the URLs they provide to students during Focused Browse sessions. Following are some examples that may be helpful in specific situations.
NOTE: Be sure to check the “Limit browsing to anywhere in these site(s)” option when focusing students using these Google tools.
Includes all items stored in Google Drive – PDFs, JPG, MOV, etc.
Includes Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, etc.
Remember that Google Classroom is just the web site where you hand files in-and-out. You will need to allow the Classroom URL, and also the address of any other Google tools you expect them to use, and any websites you may ask them to visit, even if you linked to it from a Classroom assignment. (see above).
Using LPS Overdrive with students requires 3 URLs:
If a student accidentally closes the tabs allowed in the focused browsing session before the end of the session, the only URL they will be able to open to is the one you sent out through focused browsing. They won’t remember it. Here is a helpful tip:
Have the student use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+shift+t to open the last tab they closed. They can repeat this keystroke to re-open the 10 most recently closed tabs if needed.
You (the teacher) can also end the focused browsing session for just that student. Once they are released you can re-send them a focused browsing URL session.
If there is a tool you use in Focused Browse mode and you think others would benefit from the URLs necessary, please email them to Chris Pultz (@lps.org) for inclusion here.
Following are troubleshooting steps that should resolve the following error (or a similar one) occasionally encountered by teachers using Hapara Highlights.
If you are seeing the error presented above, we will assume a few things:
that you are a teacher successfully logged into Hapara
(indicating that this is not a teacher login issue)
that you see panels for the appropriate courses and students
(indicating that this is not an error in syncing Synergy data with Hapara)
that you are in the Interact (Highlights) tab of Hapara, and see the browser tabs or current screens of some students, but not all
(indicating that this is not a network error on the teacher laptop, and that Hapara Interact is working correctly)
If any of these assumptions are NOT true, please enter a Help Desk ticket indicating so.
If the assumptions above are true, the issue likely lies with the student Chromebook. For Highlights to work appropriately for teachers in Hapara, the student Chromebook must be:
Connected to the LPS wireless network (LPS Private)
The Hapara Highlights chrome extension must be working.
If the Chromebook is awake and connected to the network, the issue is likely with the Hapara Highlights Chrome extension. We suggest that you try the strategies below (in order). If neither of them resolve your issue, please submit a Help Ticket indicating that you did both of these things and neither improved the situation.
1. Run Diagnostics
Clicking the Hapara Highlights Extension icon on the student Chromebook will run the diagnostic tool. The process of running diagnostics often resolves outstanding issues and no further troubleshooting is necessary.
To Run Diagnostics:
Open Chrome on the student’s device.
Locate the Hapara icon at the top right of the Chrome browser. Don’t worry if the Hapara icon is visible but is grayed out – it still works just fine.
Click on the Hapara icon to launch the automatic self-diagnostic tool, which checks several common causes of issues and displays the results.
If using the student diagnostic test did not explain or correct the student connectivity issue, proceed to the next strategy, a quick reboot.
2. Quick Reboot
A quick restart of the Chromebook usually corrects this situation. In the process of the restart, the user is logged out and logged back in.
To Quickly Restart a Chromebook:
Have the student press the Refresh button + Power Button at the same time. Both buttons are located in the top row of the keyboard. Refresh is over the 3-4 keys. Power is at the far right.
All of a sudden yesterday in our shared with me folders in Google Drive,
new folders appeared that seem to be the same as our classes on Synergy? Can we delete those?
Nancy (4th Grade Teacher, LPS)
Great question Nancy!
Before you delete anything, an explanation of what you are seeing…
Those folders are created by a tool called Hapara. When your students get Chromebooks in the future they will be of great importance. There’s no reason to wait for that day. They can be really useful right now!
In short, every night Synergy hands Hapara a list of all of the courses taught in LPS. Hapara then creates a Google Drive folder for every course, and shares it with the teacher and students in that course. No one else sees them. This sync process sets the stage for the Hapara Teacher Dashboard tool to be very useful to teachers. If you are using Google Drive with students, you can use Hapara to see anything a student puts in that folder!
Beyond that, the Hapara Interact (Highlights) tool will be extra useful to teachers of students who have Chromebooks. It allows teachers to control Chromebook screens in many ways.
To learn more about Hapara, you can visit our LPS Hapara overview pageand sign up for a Hapara Workshop via the Staff Development Catalog.
Now, to answer your question about deleting the folders. This sounds like a bad idea. According to Hapara’s support documentation:
…teachers SHOULD NOT remove subject root folders from their class root folders.
Doing so will break the relationship between the folders, revoking a teacher’s
In other words, I would leave them alone.
Ultimately, we are all learning about Hapara this year, and I am sure we will find out what happens if teachers remove them from Google Drive. It may end up being that they “heal” when the daily Synergy-Hapara-Google Drive sync happens each night. We just don’t know at this point.
If you have questions, please submit a help ticket under the category New Incident / Software-Service / LPS Web Services / Hapara and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.
Good luck, and enjoy taking advantage of this powerful new tool in LPS – Hapara!