What students see in Workspace Follow
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Hāpara Workspace is a platform where you can present students with everything they need to complete a lesson, project or unit. Your objectives, online resources, assessments and learning criteria can all be housed in one spot. For students, this organized and easy-to-navigate space makes learning interactive and engaging.
How do students access Workspace?
As a teacher, you’ll share individual Workspaces with students. A single Workspace will take them through a lesson, project or unit.
To help students access Workspace:
- Have them log in to their school Google account.
- Then have them visit mystudentdashboard.com.
This will take them to their Student Dashboard page. This page will show them their individual active Workspaces. They can click on any of those Workspaces to open them and start exploring.
What can students see in an individual Workspace?
When a student clicks on a Workspace, and it opens, they will see the Workspace’s main page. On this page, students will be able to see all the Workspace Cards assigned to them. This could include Workspace Cards assigned to the whole class or to their group.
The Workspace Cards will be organized across Workspace Columns and sections (if you added them).
On the left, students will see a menu that looks similar to what you see as a teacher.
In the student left side menu, they can see:
- The description of the Workspace, which is the same description you can see as a teacher
- Their assigned group or groups
- If the student clicks the arrow to the left of the group name, they can see a list of their group members.
- A student can email a group member by clicking on the email icon. This allows them to communicate and collaborate for peer-to-peer learning.
- Upcoming due dates, if you added them — This helps students stay on top of their tasks and manage their learning.
- Their class and also the teachers with access to the Workspace — This provides clarity to students so they can understand if more than one teacher is managing the Workspace and their progress.
Students will not see the Students & Groups tab or the Activity tabs. These are exclusively for you to use as a teacher in order to manage groups and have visibility into progress.
How do students add their own content to a Workspace?
When you create or modify a Workspace, you can turn on the option for students to add their own content.
If you do this, students can add their own Resource Cards and Evidence Cards. This allows for personalization so that students can have a voice in their own learning.
For example, you can ask students to share their own videos or articles they find as they research a topic. They can add them to the Resource Column so that other students with access to the Workspace can also see them.
Or you can ask students to add their own Evidence Cards to showcase what they’ve learned. For example, you can give students the choice of designing their own assessment. Once students are ready, they can add an Evidence Card and upload a file from their computer or Google Drive or add a link to a video, blog post or other content they’ve created.
Note: While other students can see the Resource Card the student added, only you as the teacher can see the Evidence Card the student added.
To add their own Resource or Evidence Card, students should:
1. Find the correct Workspace Column and section, if necessary.
2. Click the plus sign.
3. Add a title and description
4. Upload a file from their computer, upload a Google Drive file, add a link or create a new Google Drive file.
5. Click Done.
The Resource or Evidence Card will be added to the Workspace, and it will show the student’s name at the top as the “Creator.”
How do you preview a Workspace from a student’s point of view?
You may want to see what a Workspace looks like for a particular student. That way you can see exactly which Workspace Cards you have added for their group.
To preview a Workspace as a student:
1. In your teacher account, open the Workspace.
2. On the left-side menu, go to the Groups section
3. Click the arrow to the left of the group name. This will expand the list of students.
4. Click the eye icon. In a new tab, this will open a preview of the Workspace as the student sees it.
How do you help students get the most out of a Workspace?
Make the Workspace visually engaging and organized.
Use the special features of Evidence Cards to manage assessments.
Ask students to add Resource and Evidence Cards of their own.
Use simple, unified images on Workspace Cards.
Add start and due dates to organize the assessments students see.
Ask students to post their own online resources or add links to their own material, such as blogs, videos or other digital material they create.
Use colors and tags to connect Workspace Cards across the Workspace Columns.
Start dates help ensure that assessments appear only after the date you specify so students aren’t overwhelmed by seeing all of the Workspace’s assessments at once.
Have students add links to assignments or final projects that show what they’ve learned.
Final projects might include: newscast videos, PSA-style blogs, Google Drawing posters or OpEds, for example.
Customize Workspace Column headings and use sections to organize content.
Due dates feed into students’ Workspace homepages and their Student Dashboard to support executive functioning skills by helping them plan and prioritize.
In text-only Workspace Cards, provide instructions for how to move through the Workspace.