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  • Charlotte Hills 26 May 2016 6:07pm () in Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!)

    Hello Rachel

    We are using google sheets.  All our planning and data is stored on these.  

    Once you get used to it, it works fine.  But remembering to update is a pain.  When I used the black book I'd jot all over it.



  • Charlotte Hills 26 May 2016 6:05pm () in Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!)

    Hello Suzie

    I also use Hapara Workspace and am very interested in the ability to link an assessment doc from each student widget inside Teacher Dashboard so you can jump to this individual assessment doc from any of the tabs.

    How would I do this?  Or is there a Hapara link you are able to flick me?

    Thanks in anticipation.


  • Charlotte Hills 26 May 2016 6:03pm () in Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!)

    Hi... the link to Hapara isn't working.

  • Charlotte Hills 06 Mar 2016 2:10pm () in Chrome Apps for Literacy

    Will give this a go... thanks for sharing Lousie :-)

  • Charlotte Hills 26 Jan 2016 1:55pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    Hi Becks

    Thanks for joining the convo... well definitely check out the links you provided, many thanks :-)


  • Charlotte Hills 22 Jan 2016 2:36pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    Definitely more engaged when they both have something to do towards the completion of the task :-)

  • Charlotte Hills 21 Jan 2016 5:43pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    It will be interesting to see if I find that kids stop communicating with 1:1... will let you know what happens.... but I do think we as teachers have to make time to ensure the kids stop to feedback...  :-)

  • Charlotte Hills 15 Jan 2016 5:44pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    Hi Johnny

    We are setting up and going with invididual blogs this year from Y4-8.  Currently only some classes have been using blogs.  This year all classes will have a blog as well to record and share student learning with parents and the wider community.

    It sounds like Hapara is very similar to Google Classroom.   

    In regard to collaboration I see many opportunities to develop this with my students, but it comes down to how I set it up.  I have heard a few teachers comment on how a kid can zone out into their own work when working with a 1:1 device.  This is true if the activity is not set up initially as a collaborative one.  Last year I found  that students were more than capable of deciding on what part of the task they would complete as part of a pair or small team (Y5/6 class).  Although, getting them to get it done was another thing!  Having to share a device between two students was a draw back, as inevitability the stronger of the pair would take over.

    This is how I see it rolling out this year with 1:1 devices.  Over half the learning activities I set up need to have a collaborative component to it.  I might have four students (could be bigger or smaller groups) working around the same topic, who each decide on which part they will complete as part of the team.  All parts need to be understood by members in the team as they move forward to ensure they are locating and synthesizing the right material.  So time needs to be set aside where sharing and discussion of learning takes place.  At the end, individually and sometimes as a group, a presentation of their findings would be required to see what connections and new learning took place.  All the collaborative work takes place in one document, which means of course that all students work from this, adding their thoughts, comments and learning.  

    If I want my students to develop and continue to communicate verbally with their peers, I must make time for it and insist on it.  We all know what it is like when we are reading a good book.... hard to put it down. So we must ask the students to stop, assess, reassess and move on.  

    Johnny & Jace how to you encourage your students to communicate with each other?






  • Charlotte Hills 14 Jan 2016 5:53pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    Hi Johnny

    I will have to look into UFB, thank you for raising it.

    So how are you going to develop student voice with their blogs?  What have you been doing to this point?

    This year our kids from years 4-8 will have individual blogs with the aim of developing student voice and agency.  I'm proposing that the parents, student and teacher work together, online & in person, using the blog as a central point to share, discuss and consolidate learning.  

    I see you use google classroom... have you tried using Hapara Dashboard where you can do all that and more?   Hapara Dashboard has a workspace where you can set dates, provide work to view and instruct on what needs to be completed.  You also have access to what they are viewing online, when they are online.  Our school uses Hapara and I have found it helpful as I can get students to collaborate with me or other students using the comment feature.

    This year I am going to use Workspace - I need some training in it though :-)




  • Charlotte Hills 11 Jan 2016 4:40pm () in Using Chromebooks to record student Voice

    Thanks Jess for your feedback.

    I was wondering if you have used 'Google Classroom' at all?  If so which do you prefer.... Hapara or Google Classroom?

    Kind regards, Charlotte