by Randy Fairfield, 3/30/17
When I first saw what Hapara had to offer, me knee-jerk reaction was that it seemed like little more than big brother, but for school. However, since the school district I work for adopted the program, I decided to go ahead and give Hapara a second glace. Boy am I glad that I did!
Going through the certified educator and trainer coursework was a lot of work, but it was good work. What I found was that Hapara could be used as a powerful tool to facilitate a number of best practices. Yes, teachers can use the Highlights feature to play big brother. However, showing them how to use the tool to facilitate conversations about digital citizenship instead can lead to really positive outcomes for kids.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hapara and becoming certified yourself, check out the “get certified” section of their website. If you’re so inclined, you can click here to see the profiles of the other fine educators that made through the first cohort of trainers with me!
Randy Fairfield, MEd and MBA, is a teacher and consultant in the Richland School District in Eastern Washington. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Edmodo Certified Trainer and Hapara Champion Trainer and Consultant.
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