Getting to know Teacher Dashboard Follow
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Hāpara Teacher Dashboard provides you with visibility and access to the work your students are doing in Google Workspace for Education. From one simple platform, you can access all of your students’ digital work so you can provide consistent feedback and differentiated instruction.
Accessing Teacher Dashboard
- Visit app.hapara.com.
- Log in with your school Google account credentials.
- Click on your class. You’ll then be taken to your class Teacher Dashboard page.
On your class Teacher Dashboard page, there are Student Tiles set up for each of the students in the class. Student Tiles in Teacher Dashboard are interactive windows into all the Google files students are working on.
Each Student Tile includes:
- The student’s name
- Colored bars that show the Teacher Dashboard groups the student belongs to
- A clickable list of the most recent Google files the student has worked on (You can click to open the file in a new tab, or you can hover over the files to get a handy preview.)
- When the file was most recently modified.
- A drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner, where you can open the student’s Google Drive folder, email the student or edit their groups
Teacher Dashboard features
The Teacher Dashboard toolbar on the top right-hand side helps you customize how your Student Tiles appear. This makes it easy for you to align the view with the way you prefer to teach.
There are several features in the toolbar that allow you to customize your view.
Search for files
First, the search bar helps you find specific student work. You can type a title or a keyword to search for files in Student Tiles.
When you click on the Drive button, you can search for files across students’ Google Drives.
Toolbar: Manage groups
The Groups feature allows you to create and edit student groups in Teacher Dashboard. You can also narrow your Teacher Dashboard view to see only select groups’ Student Tiles.
Toolbar: Sort Student Tiles
The Sort menu allows you to instantly sort Student Tiles the way you prefer alphabetically. This is helpful if you previously sorted Student Tiles by dragging and dropping and now want to sort them by name. It’s also helpful if you want to sort them by the order of your class roster.
You can select to sort Student Tiles in alphabetical order by:
- First Name (A-Z)
- Last Name (A-Z)
You can change the size of Student Tiles to compact, or switch back to the default size at any time.
Toolbar: Refresh Student Tiles
You can also refresh the Student Tiles to make sure they are displaying the latest files students have been working on. Refreshing will show you student progress in real time.
In the white section, you may notice folder tabs. This depends on what you teach and how your school set up Teacher Dashboard.
For example, if you teach younger students, you probably teach multiple subjects to the same class. In that case, you’ll see folder tabs for each subject you teach to that class. These tabs show a list of files students are working on in that Google Drive subject folder.
In the dark blue section, you’ll also see the Class Info tab. This is where you can manage your class in Hāpara.
Depending on your school settings, you may be able to:
- Modify your class roster
- Add or remove co-teachers
- Reset student passwords and folders
- Send emails to your entire class
Share files button
The Share files button on the top right-hand side takes all the manual work out of sharing digital files. You no longer have to click into each file in Google Drive to create file sharing settings or type in every student email address. With one button, you can share any digital file with individual students, groups or your class.
With this button, you can quickly share a file from Google Drive or your device. You can also create a brand-new file directly from Share files. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction for any student during class or when you are planning your lessons.
Additionally, you can set file permissions from here, such as giving a student their own file copy to edit or giving the class one read-only file.
Teacher Dashboard overview
|Teacher Dashboard feature||What it does||Where to find it||Best practices|
|Student Tile||Provides visibility and access to all the work students are doing in Google Drive||On your class Teacher Dashboard — one Student Tile for each student||Use Student Tiles to preview student work, see when files were last updated, open files in new tabs to view progress and leave feedback and email students.|
|Teacher Dashboard toolbar||Provides options to customize your view of Student Tiles||In the white area on the upper right-hand side of Teacher Dashboard||Use the toolbar to:
|Search bar||Allows you to quickly search for files in Student Tiles||In the gray section on the right-hand side of Teacher Dashboard||Use the search bar to find a file to see student progress or leave feedback.|
|Drive button||Provides visibility into all student Google Drive activity||In the white section at the top left of Teacher Dashboard||Use the Drive button to find lost student files and make sure students are safely sharing files.|
|Class Info tab||Allows you to manage your class information in Hāpara||In the dark blue tab section at the top left of Teacher Dashboard||Keep your roster up-to-date in Hāpara, email the class to share encouragement or class announcements or reset passwords and folders to help with troubleshooting.|
|Share files button||Helps you instantly share digital files with students||In the upper right-hand corner of Teacher Dashboard||Use Share files to share resources with students, groups or the class to differentiate instruction. You can also set permissions such as giving students the ability to edit the file, view it or comment on it.|