How to create Workspace Cards Follow
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There are many great educational resources online, but it can be challenging to organize them for instruction and learning. With Hāpara Workspace, you can use Workspace Cards to present students with a simple, streamlined set of digital content. This allows students to interact with content throughout a lesson, project or unit and stay engaged and motivated. Plus, you can share differentiated resources with groups or personalized resources with individual students.
Organizing in Workspace Columns
You can add Workspace Cards to four different categories, which are organized across Workspace Columns.
Goal Cards can include standards, objectives, guiding questions, big ideas or other learning guidelines that students are working to accomplish as they complete the Workspace. For example, for a math lesson, you may want to include the learning standards in student-friendly language.
Resource Cards can include links to online articles, videos, documents, class slides, audio clips, images or other digital resources that help students understand the content of the Workspace. For instance, for a social studies research project, you may want different groups to watch specific videos about their topic. In another step of the project, you may want groups to read online articles.
Evidence Cards can include formative or summative assessments or self-reflections that you’ve created so students can show what they know. For example, during a Workspace science unit, you may want students to answer questions in a Google Form after taking notes from a Google Slides presentation.
Evidence Cards are different from the other cards because you can add start dates and due dates. This allows you to release the cards on a schedule and also track student progress on assessments.
Rubric Cards can include files with your criteria for how you’ll evaluate students’ assessments. For a language arts Workspace on writing a narrative, you may want to include a rubric for the final narrative.
Some teachers prefer to change this Workspace Column to include enrichment resources. For instance, you may want to include additional links to online videos about narrative writing.
Like most tools in Hāpara, you have some flexibility to customize the Workspace Columns and their headings. To start, you don’t have to use all four columns. Any column without cards added to it won’t be visible to students.
As mentioned, you can also rename the headings. Simply click on the heading or the pencil icon next to the heading. For example, you can make the headings more student-friendly or change them to reflect the theme of the Workspace.
Adding a new Workspace Card
When you first create a new Workspace, you will see blank squares with plus signs.
To add the new Workspace Card:
1. Click on a plus sign to add a card in a Workspace Column. A new Workspace Card in edit mode will appear.
2. Type a title.
3. Type a short description.
4. Upload a file from your device, upload a file from your Google Drive, add a link or create a new Google file (Doc, Sheet, Slide or Drawing).
5. Click the All groups drop-down menu to select a specific group or groups. This makes the Workspace Card visible only to students in the group or groups.
6. Select a tag and a color for the tag, if you’d like.
7. Click Done to finish editing.
To revise a Workspace Card:
1. Click the drop-down menu on the top right of the Workspace Card.
2. Select Edit.
Adding digital content to a Workspace Card
You can upload or add different types of content into the Workspace Card.
Type of content
You may want to add cards without any links to digital content or files. Sometimes you may want to type in the content yourself. This could include text to describe learning objectives, prompts, tasks, notes of encouragement, reminders or even instructions for students to add their own cards with content that relates to the topic of the Workspace.
Files from your computer
You can also upload files from your computer. These could be PDFs or images you’ve used previously or primary resource documents you have stored on your hard drive.
Links to online content
You can add links to websites, online videos, audio clips, images or digital articles.
Files from your Google Drive
You can also upload Google Drive files that you want to share with students. These files might include Google Documents, Slides, Sheets, Forms or Drawings.
Organizing Workspace Cards in sections
When your Workspace encompasses a longer project or unit, you can use sections to group cards together. Sections are an easy way to group the content of the Workspace to focus students on one concept at a time. Once created, you use the arrows in the header to move the section up or down.
For example, during a Spanish unit, you may want to create a section for each day of the school week. This would make it easy for students to keep track of their progress, and absent students would know exactly what they missed. Or for a health project where students learn about nutrition, you may want to create sections for each step of the project.