Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning

Posted by Erin Harding on Jun 6, 2016 11:43:10 AM

“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that learners lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income learners.

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Topics: Edtech, Teacher Dashboard, Education, Workspace, Project Based Learning, Edtech Update

District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE

Posted by jack.west on May 20, 2016 11:59:34 AM

Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles.

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Topics: GAFE, Edtech Update, Hapara Highlights, hapara workspace, standardized testing

Crossing the Chasm of GAFE Adoption

Posted by Allison Winston on Feb 22, 2016 12:52:17 PM

In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations evaluate the success of their implementation based on teacher adoption rather than the impact that adoption is having on teaching and learning.  

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Topics: Chromebook, GAFE, chromebook management, Edtech Update, monitoring, Chasm, Adoption

What We Can Learn from Family Dinner

Posted by jack.west on Feb 2, 2016 5:26:12 PM

A recent broadcast on San Francisco’s Public Radio, KQED, reviewed the studied benefits that regular family dinner offers to children.

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Topics: Edtech Update, social emotional learning, constructivism

Education Shorts Show Real Practice

Posted by jack.west on Jan 7, 2016 7:13:00 PM

It seemed obvious to our new Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, formerly of Junyo, that the accomplishments of our client base are the greatest asset we have as a company. To celebrate the accomplishments of some of these schools, I have managed three short film projects at Hapara client sites over the past three months.

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Topics: Edtech, Edtech Update

Edtech Data Analytics - The Devil is in the... Interpretation

Posted by Lee Becker on Dec 4, 2015 2:36:50 PM

The shift towards digital workflows, the move towards assessment and the adoption of standards has transformed schools into a data rich environment.  There is a wealth of knowledge to uncover from the intersection of student assessment data, attendance records, demographics from the SIS, feeds from instrumented classrooms, and a variety of other sources.  However, finding the data that matters requires more work than simply loading these datasets into an analytics suite.

Image: By KeresH (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0
(], via Wikimedia Commons

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Topics: Research, Edtech Update

Bridging the Trust Gap – Student Privacy More Fundamental than Common Core

Posted by Hapara Staff on Nov 4, 2015 5:42:53 PM

A recent EdSurge article discusses bridging the trust gap between parents and schools regarding student privacy.

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Topics: Edtech, Edtech Update

Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates

Posted by jack.west on Jun 3, 2014 4:20:22 AM

The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world.

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Topics: Edtech, Blended Learning, Hattie, Edtech Update

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