Getting ready to manage content in Digital Backpack Follow
In this article:
- Designate a Digital Resource Manager or DRM
- Add your own resources to your Digital Backpack
- Types of resources
- How to upload resources to your Digital Backpack
- Obtaining permission for use of OER or copyright-free resources
Designate a Digital Resource Manager or DRM
This is usually someone at the district level who has the authorization to make curriculum and resource selection decisions. You can have any number of resource managers, although we recommend keeping this role restricted to a small group of people that can work together to set up and manage your library. Digital resource managers will be the only people who can approve resources, create collections and organize what teachers see when they come to the library. Your Hāpara Engagement Manager can help you weigh the pros and cons of having multiple DRMs.
After you have chosen your DRM(s), please add their contact information here. If you choose to add more DRMs later on, please let your Engagement Manager know so we can keep our records up to date.
Add your own resources to your Digital Backpack
The Digital Resource Manager will approve and upload the content for the school/district. You must have at least one DRM. This role oversees which resources are uploaded and included within the Our Library collections.
Types of resources
Public domain resources
Public domain resources are creative works that have no intellectual property rights applied to them. Anyone can legally use or reference these works without permission. Public domain laws are different in each country, so be sure to look up your region's laws when making decisions about which public domain resources to add to your Digital Backpack.
Open educational resources or OER
Open educational resources, also known as OER, are freely available for educators to use, adapt and redistribute for educational purposes. You can upload OER to your private library in Digital Backpack. Learn more about developing your own K-12 open educational resources here.
District created resources
Sometimes districts create their own curriculum-aligned resources. These resources can be uploaded to your Digital Backpack. This is a great way to make sure educators in your district have access to them.
How to upload resources to your Digital Backpack
1. Log in through app.hapara.com.
2. Navigate to the Our Library tab.
3. Select Uploads from the top right corner and click New Upload.
4. Give your upload a title.
5. Click Select a PDF and choose the PDF you want to upload.
6. Indicate the resource’s license type. For an explanation of the different license types, click on Licenses explained.
7. Check the box to acknowledge that you have permission to upload the content. Then, click Next.
8. Add information about your upload. This will allow educators to easily preview the resources. You can add a description, the author, grade level, subject, outcomes and resource type.
9. Click Upload.
It takes approximately 2-3 days for content to be processed and reviewed by our quality assurance team. Digital Resource Managers can check the status of uploaded content at any time by selecting Uploads from the top right corner and choosing Check status.
Obtaining permission for use of OER or copyright free resources
The Digital Backpack has a starter collection of content and resources that are currently available. Think of it as a seed collection, but also keep in mind that you can (and should!) add your own resources! Your Engagement Manager can give you more information on the seed collection that is available to you.
Public domain resources in Discover
Many public domain resources are available via the Discover section of Digital Backpack to add to your district’s collection. Discover is where you can search already available public domain resources.
When you find a title you would like to add to your library, click on Actions and choose Add to Library from the drop-down menu. The title will show up in the uncategorized section and at this point, you can add it to a collection. This article dives deeper into how to organize your library.