Dashboard provides a bird’s-eye view of student G Suite usage across your class, and greater access to & control over student Google Drive.
Highlights offers teachers a view of student and class web browser use, and the ability to focus student work through management of browser tabs.
Teachers can access Hapara via the LPS Portal.
The ability for an LPS staff member to use Hapara is based upon course schedules in Synergy. All LPS Staff can sign in to Hapara, but only a “teacher of record” in an active LPS course (and the co-teachers) are able to see students in classes.
All LPS teachers and students will see Hapara folders in their Google Drive, whether they actively use Hapara or not. These folders are created automatically by for each course the student is enrolled in, as well as each workspace their teachers set up. Do not delete, remove, or rename the folder.
Computing Services offers workshops about Hapara. Visit Performance Matters to find and sign up for a session.
If there are 10 or more in your building who would benefit from an hour of training on using Hapara Dashboard and Highlights, have your building Administrator contact Kristi Peters to schedule a training session in your building!
No setup is necessary by the teacher. When a teacher logs in, Hapara already knows the classes and sections to which that teacher is assigned. View this video for tips on renaming and/or hiding classes shown in Hapara.
When a teacher opens a course, each student appears on the dashboard as an individual panel. The panel shows that student’s most recent Google Drive work. Dragging a mouse over the student’s work displays a thumbnail image of their progress, as well as information about the document that a teacher may find helpful.
Students no longer need to actively step through the process of sharing work with the teacher. Teachers are automatically given Editor access to all work contained in the student’s Google Drive.
A Smart Share tool found along the top-right of the screen allows teachers to hand digital files out to student Google Drive folders in preparation for class. This might be a copy of an existing document, a template for student work, or the creation of a new blank document ready to contain their work. Note that this share is not done in real time. Give it between 5-30 minutes to propagate copies before students need to see the files.
By clicking on the Gmail tab, teachers can view email messages exchanged between the teacher & student, NOT ALL student email.
Building Administrators CAN view ALL mail in a student’s LPS Gmail.
Teachers can 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.
In Highlights, teachers see a dashboard of student panels, just like in Teacher Dashboard. However, the content shown is not originating from Google Drive, it is from the Google Chrome web browser on their Chromebook.
For more in-depth information about Highlights use the links provided at the right.
Presented in the student panels is a list of browser tabs open on the student devices.
The focused browsing tool found within the Open Tabs button in the top right corner of the screen allows a teacher to send and restrict access to a tab or set of tabs for a defined period of time.
Find more detailed information on the Hapara Focused Browsing page offered at right, and view tips for its use in LPS in the section below.
Additionally, teachers can plan ahead and schedule browsing sessions using the Open Tabs button in the top right corner of the screen. Specific URLs can be scheduled to open (with restricted access, if desired) for a class at the beginning of a class period.
Have an online quiz planned? Teachers can schedule it to open automatically at the start of class, giving learners more time to work. Making sub plans? Teachers can schedule tabs to open, so learners have everything they need.
The activity viewer provides a dashboard and set of data around the class’ activities in Chrome. Teachers can feel welcomed to leave their own computer screen and move around the room without missing any digital activity. This information disappears once the teacher switches to a new class in Hapara.
Current activity is presented as BLUE data, historical activity with ORANGE data. Clicking on data identifies student names.
Teachers can capture a snapshot (Snap) of the students’ activity on a site with a click, providing opportunities for positive supports or evidence of behavioral interventions necessary. These Snaps live within the page for 7 days. At any time within this week, teachers can send feedback to either the student or their own inbox for later communications with administrators and/or parents.
Snaps allow a teacher to see:
Teachers are able to send pop-up messages to individual screens or all student screens simultaneously. This allows for positive encouragement or private corrections without disrupting the classroom work environment.
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 Browsing 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 Browsing sessions. Following are some examples that may be helpful in specific situations:
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)
Includes all items stored in Google Drive – PDFs, JPG, MOV, etc.
Includes Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, etc.
When focus browsing your students to a specific Google Form, you must use the specific URL (Preview link) of your Form, but you must also be sure to select the focus browse option that says Limit browsing to anywhere in these site(s). Otherwise, student responses will not save in the Form results.
Focusing students to this blank screen prevents them from browsing to any web pages. Useful when you need the room’s undivided attention for a moment, or if you have one student who has lost browsing privileges for a period of time.
Be sure to copy the entire URL above. If you are missing the LPS Site ID, students will be creating a new account instead of using their LPS credentials.
NOTE: Focus browsing to Wonders may or may not work for you, depending upon the tools in Wonders you want students to use. Reading Wonders requires an array of different URLS, depending upon the activities students may be doing in the tool. The following URLs are most likely to be needed, but your milage may vary.
Allowing students to use Sora requires two things. Focus them to this URL:
then be sure to select “Limit browsing to anywhere in these site(s).”
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:
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:
If using the student diagnostic test did not explain or correct the student connectivity issue, proceed to the next strategy, a 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.
The troubleshooting steps above typically resolve the “Student is offline” error show here (or a similar one) occasionally encountered by teachers using Hapara Highlights.
If you are seeing the “Student is offline” error, we will assume a few things:
If any of these assumptions are NOT true, please enter a Help Desk ticket indicating so.
If these assumptions are true, the issue likely lies with the student Chromebook. For Highlights to work appropriately for teachers in Hapara, the student Chromebook must be:
A student can be logged onto multiple devices (say two laptops) simultaneously. If the devices all have the Highlights extension installed, then the teacher will “see” both devices. Highlights can’t automatically choose which of the devices to display to the teacher. The teacher has to select one. Learn more here.
In some instances, the student may not know why they are signed into two devices. In other situations, a student may be signed into MANY devices. In these cases the student needs to sign out of all of the devices they are signed into (except for the one they are on right now.) This can be done through the student’s Gmail account by following these instructions, as shown in the image at right.
Hapara Workspaces allow teachers to set up a digital “workspaces” for lessons or projects.
Workspaces are the only part of the Hapara suite of tools that students can login to. Teachers see a “Master Board” of all activity in the class and have many editing options, while students see a simplified screen with only the items intended specifically for them.
Click on the “Getting Started Guide” at the right for a wealth of resources to get you started using Workspaces.
A “board” can be anything from a single lesson to a long term project, it is very flexible.
Within a board are “cards” which appear as individual tiles. Cards might be added under the Goals, Resources, Evidence or Rubric columns of the board.
Teachers can choose to add student goals or targets.
Teachers and students each have the ability to add resources
Resources can be Google Docs or links to web pages
Teachers and students can both add evidence.
Teachers have the ability to
Students have the ability to share their evidence with the whole group, or with the teacher only.
Teachers can choose to post evaluation criteria.
Like Hapara Dashboard, Workspace creates a folder in each student’s Google Drive. All work done by the student in Workspaces will be contained in that folder.
A teacher can choose to have their students drag their Workspace folder into their Dashboard course folder, but experience with early adopting teachers leads Hapara to believe that most teachers will want to keep them separate.
Hapara and Google Classroom have a number of overlapping features. Each tool excels in some ways. Both tools work with student’s existing LPS Google Docs (@class.lps.org) and teachers are free to use either tool as they see fit. Or, both.
In our basic testing, we are seeing success in using Google Classroom AND Hapara hand-in-hand when you begin as such:
At that point both teacher and students should be able to use the Google Classroom interface to access files & manage assignments, and the teacher has the added features of using Hapara for greater student device control and real-time views of work done in Google Drive. Win-win.
Updated September 6, 2019