How I Use It
This product does so many things, I don't know where to start. There are really two sides of Hapara. One side is the digital management side that allows me to monitor what kids are doing online, manage tech use for a lot of students, and help them develop positive digital habits through varying levels of support (from reminding kids to stay on task to focusing their browser on the task at hand so they have no choice). It allows me to create groups for support and to provide resources to individual, group, or whole classes at a time. The other side of Hapara is Workspaces, which I use as a sort of one-stop shop for any lesson. This was my best friend during distance learning but is also extremely useful during in-person learning too. It allows me to create individualized learning experiences for my students by building a digltal learning space that students can navigate at their own pace and in their own way to access all my curated learning resources. Though I do a lot of live instruction, this allows me to film my instruction and put it online so that students can revisit the material, and so that parents, tutors, and other adult helpers can access it, along with all our learning resources. I can also differentiate instruction through making some resources visible (like extra scaffolding, word banks, etc...) to only those who need it, or to remove some resources or assignments for students who need less options. The more I use Hapara, the more I learn about how it can make teaching so much easier (like the grading window that allows me to give individualized feedback). I just really love this product.
What I like: differentiation, built-in-feedback tools, being able to support students in making positive digital choices instead of just blocking things, time-saving feedback tools, the ability to access a ton of other teachers' lessons so I can find inspiration or even copy a workspace to edit for my own students, the ability to create my own lesson to my students' needs rather than being confined to someone else's curriculum, and the ability to support students discreetly so nobody knows they're getting additional support. What I don't like: honestly, nothing! And if I ever do find something that isn't working, their community support is tops and it gets fixed right away!