Hapara Class Groups allow you to easily differentiate and personalize instruction by targeting resources, messages and browsing environments for specific subsets of students. You can create Groups to support a variety of instructional purposes including grouping by ability level, grouping by project/interest, and grouping by seating arrangement.
- Creating Class Groups in Hapara
- Adding or removing students in Groups
- Editing Groups
- Using Class Groups in Hapara Workspace
Creating Class Groups in Hapara
New: Class Groups can be seen and used by all teachers assigned to a class. Once one teacher sets up Groups, these Groups will also be available to any co-teachers of that class.
Class Groups sharing settings
When you set up Groups in Hapara Highlights and Dashboard, you have two options: Groups can be shared across tabs, or specific to each tab.
By default, Groups are set to “Shared across tabs.” To change this, navigate to the “Groups” drop-down in the top right toolbar of Highlights or Dashboard and select “Edit Groups.”
Where it says “Groups are shared across tabs,” select “Change” and choose the setup you prefer.
|We do not recommend switching back and forth between the two settings. You may lose some of the groups you have set up.|
Share Groups across tabs
|This option is recommended for high school/secondary teachers who are teaching one subject to each class.|
When you select this option, you create one set of Groups that can be used throughout Highlights and Dashboard. These Groups will also be available in Workspace, although you have some more options there (see below).
Groups specific to each tab
|This option is recommended for elementary/primary teachers who teach multiple subjects to the same class and use multiple subject folders. With this option, for example, you can set up and use different groupings of students for math and reading.|
When you select this option, you will be able to set up different groups in Highlights and Dashboard. In Dashboard, you will be able to set up different groups for each subject folder, Gmail, Blogger, Sites, and any other tabs you use.
Creating a new Group
If your Groups are shared across tabs, you can set up a new Group from any Dashboard or Highlights menu by navigating to the “Groups” drop-down in the top right toolbar and selecting “New Group.”
If your Groups are specific to each tab, you will want to make sure you are on the tab you want to create that Group for, before navigating to the “Groups” drop-down. (For example, if you are setting up reading Groups, you will want to make sure that you are in Dashboard and have selected the reading subject folder before setting up your Groups.)
To create a new Group, select “New Group.” You can edit the name of the Group by clicking in the text box, or change the color of the Group by clicking on the colored circle and selecting a different color.
You can create as many Class Groups as you need for each class for shared Class Groups, or for each tab for Groups specific to each tab, and have 44 Group colors to choose from.
Adding or removing students in Class Groups
When you first create a Class Group, you can add students to it by selecting “+ Add.” A list of all of the students in that class will appear, and you can tick the box next to the students you would like to add to that Group.
To add or remove a student in a Group at a later time, open the “Groups” drop-down menu, then select “Edit Groups”. Click the pencil icon next to the Group you would like to edit.
To remove a student from a Group, just click the “x” next to the student’s name. To add a student to the group, select “+ Add” and follow the instructions above.
You can also edit which Groups a student belongs to from the Student Tile. Simply click on the three dots to open the drop-down menu, and select “Edit Groups.”
A side panel will open listing all of your class groups. Groups the student is assigned to will have a checkmark next to them. To add or remove the student from groups, just tick the appropriate box.
The colored bars at the top of each Student Tile indicate which Groups the student is assigned to.
To change the name or color of a group, open the “Groups” drop-down menu, then select “Edit Groups.” Click the pencil icon next to the Group you would like to edit.
You can edit the name of the Group by clicking in the text box, or change the color of the Group by clicking on the colored circle and selecting a different color.
Using Class Groups in Hapara Workspace
When your Class Groups are shared across tabs, you can also use them in Hapara Workspace. To use Class Groups in a Workspace, navigate to the “Students & Groups” tab of your Workspace.
Select “New Group” to create a new group. Give the group a name and color and then click “Next.”
In the side panel, select the class you would like to add students from to open a list of Class Groups and individual students. Find the Class Group that you would like to use in your Workspace, and simply drag and drop the Class Group name into the Group box you just made.
This will copy the students from your Class Group into your Workspace Group. If you make changes to your Class Groups in Highlights or Dashboard after setting up your Workspace Group, those changes will not be reflected in the Workspace.
Remember, students can see the names of the Groups they are in, in Workspace and you may not want to use the same Group names you use elsewhere in Hapara.
For more on setting up Groups in Workspace, read this article.