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.
This year at ISTE we’re trying something different.
As you can imagine, a big Hapara pavilion costs more than a few wheelbarrows of money and makes us feel proud and important. But, we’re not sure that the investment is good for our customers or that it positively impacts educators and learners.
One of our favorite things about Hapara Workspace (other than how easy it makes it to provide differentiated digital learning experiences) is that it can serve as a hub for collaborative learning for teachers as well as students. Teachers can work in Workspace as learners - allowing them to learn how to use the tool from the eyes of their students and to explore their own professional learning goals in a more flexible learning environment.
As both an early adopter of Hapara and a Hapara Champion Trainer, teachers frequently ask me why they should use Hapara when they are already invested in Google Classroom. My advice is to select the features from both tools based on your needs. Think about your classes and how you see them unfold ahead of time. What types of activities will your learners complete? What do your lessons look like? Will you need a place for learners to discuss topics and share resources? How will you provide opportunities for differentiation? Once you are familiar with both Google Classroom and Hapara, it will be easier to see how both tools can be used together to create the best learning environment for your learners.
Over the past few years, technology has enabled educators to shift towards creating personalized learning experiences and allowing learners greater agency in the classroom. But what about teachers? The educators in your school can benefit just as much as their learners from being able to personalize their professional learning. Teachers should be learning about the topics that will impact their practice the most, in the formats that most benefit their professional goals.
Note: This blog post is a follow up to our case study on Bentley School, one of the pilot schools for Wolf Creek's Enhanced Learning Model. Read the case study here.
Today’s learners are looking for schools to help them achieve their learning goals through structures and pedagogy that challenge many traditional norms. One of the reasons for this shift in expectation and thinking comes from the ability to receive very personalized and flexible learning experiences via digital technologies. The students who walk through the doors of our schools expect to be able to leverage digital technologies to meet their schooling goals and pursue their learning passions. These technologies remove all manner of barriers for our learners, including access to information, access to experts in a field of interest, and access to others seeking similar learning experiences. Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us then, as educators, to find ourselves working through a time of deep change in the ways we work with students traversing the journey that is K-12 education.
The end of the school year can bring on a lot of challenges for educators - testing, grading, learners who just want to be anywhere else… But it also means that summer is that much closer, and with it, some time for educators to relax, reflect and focus on themselves for a bit.
Topics: Professional Development