Technology, Hapara, and Differentiated Instruction

An important element of my classroom information management includes the use of Hapara. This desktop management tool integrates with Google Drive to provide teachers access to student folders.

Through the application’s user interface, teachers are given an easy-to-navigate desktop that displays student documents. When the cursor is placed over the file, the application provides a pop-up window so that teacher can view progress. To access the document, the teacher simply clicks on link and joins the student’s work. As a time-saving device, Hapara is superb. In addition to document access, teachers can also view email accounts, blog posts, and Google Site updates.

After using the application for 2 years, I am starting to explore more of its features and have recently discovered the utility of its shared file function. This has been a dynamic addition to my efforts at differentiating instruction for all students.

The shared document function allows teachers to “drop” documents into student folders. This allows teachers to customize assessments for specific students and then distribute them with ease. Modifications, accommodations, and differentiated instruction can be facilitated “under the radar” or beyond the social implications that can occur with modified work.

Students then complete the assessment online and then save the work to their folder. Teachers can then assess the work, also online, and provide specific, timely feedback. If you are looking for a technology tool to save time, allow for increased differentiation, and make your job a bit easier, check out Hapara.