December is almost upon us, and with it comes a slew of holidays and distractions. But fear not! The holiday frenzy doesn’t mean you have to lose out on valuable learning time. Holiday themed lessons are a great way to channel learners’ excitement and energy while still working on building key skills.
If you’re an AVID school that’s gone or is going 1:1 and is using Hapara and Google Apps for Education, check out this brief tutorial I created on how you could create eBinders at your school! Having eBinders either replace or supplement traditional binders can be a great way to teach students the digital organizational skills they will need to be successful in a 21st-century economy.
We’re in a changing world. Kids are privy to technology as soon as their fine motor skills are well enough developed to “tap” an app on a tablet or iPad. As educators, it is our duty to leverage digital in a manner that supports student success and confidence.
Writing is one of those amazing things that when a student asks, “Why do we have to learn this?” it’s easy to point out a dozen things they do on a daily or weekly basis that involve writing, plus a few dozen future life and career skills they’ll need that require some kind of writing as well. And yet, writing doesn’t always get the attention it deserves in school. That’s why, every year on October 20th, the National Council of Teachers of English celebrates the National Day on Writing by bringing people across the country together to share #WhyIWrite.
Digital Citizenship Week is quickly approaching and we’ve been thinking a lot about what exactly digital citizenship is, and the many pieces of our lives it encompasses. As we unpacked the question, “What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?” this week, we realized that helping students answer this question involves figuring out the answers to a lot of smaller questions first:
At Hapara, we believe that education is a fundamentally human endeavour, and that the tools we build should support teachers as they endeavour to engage more deeply and strengthen learning relationships with their students.
The transition to teaching and learning in the cloud has led to interesting challenges and opportunities for both classroom teachers and other educators in the school building. As learning moves online, educators are finding new ways to manage learner work and ensure that everyone in the building is working together to create great learning experiences.
The Hapara Champion program brings together educators from around the world to learn more about the pedagogy behind Hapara’s tools and to support each other in making the shift to digital learning. Since its launch in 2015, the program has had over 300 graduates, many of whom are still connected and learning from each other every day.
Pat Snedden, the Executive Chair and founder of the Manaiakalani Education Trust - and one of Hapara’s earliest supporters - was recently made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Education and Māori. We are so happy to send our congratulations for this well-deserved honour.