Classroom Management with Hapara Highlights

Last week, I talked about the constant battle of should it be blocked or is it a classroom management issue.  So this week, I would like to talk about one of the classroom management tools that is out there, and all of our teachers have access.  Hapara Dashboard and Highlights is a program that works via an extension installed on student Chromebooks, rosters are synced through Clever and our SIS and teachers have access to classrooms list of students.

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The most commonly used part of Hapara is the Browser Tabs screen in which teachers can view all of the open tabs on a student Chromebook.  But Hapara is more than just a monitoring system.

How to Use Hapara Highlights

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Let me explain how I would use Hapara amazing feature called “Focused Browsing” if I were fulltime in the classroom.  So a little context, most of our teachers are now teaching in a blended learning station rotation model. This would consist of the students being divided into four different groups, with each group having a different set of tasks and the groups rotate every 10-15 minutes.  Stations would include a teacher-led mini-lesson, collaborative station, a digital content station and a 5Cs station (emphasis on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and connectedness).

So in the teacher-led mini-lesson, I feel that I can keep the 6-8 students on task due the small group working directly with me.  For this, I would worry about using Hapara to focus any of their browsings.

In the collaborative station, I would have students working together in a Google Doc, to answer questions, do lab work, etc.  For this, I am going to use focused browsing and I will focus them to docs.google.com.  That would then prevent my students from going anywhere else besides docs.google.com. I would make sure that I select only those students in that group for this focused browsing.

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The third group would then be working on a digital content, ST Math, Learning A-Z, Moby Max, etc.  I would do the same thing as above but change the website to the digital content site. So for ST Math, I would put in web.stmath.com.

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And let’s say for the last group they are working on digital citizenship and I want them to play Google’s new gamified curriculum called “Be Internet Awesome”. So for that, I would select those students in that group and focus them to beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com

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So there you now have four different groups that are on task and doing what they should as they are now “focused” on what their tasks truly are. I highly recommend Hapara Highlights if it is used in a proper way as an instructional tool and not just a tool to “spy” into students’ devices.

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