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Best apps for students

Two new favourites

Hapara Dashboard is popular at Mangaroa School, says deputy principal Andrew de Wit. This dashboard is an organisational layer that sits over Google Apps for Education. Hapara helps organise and make sense of students’ work and gives teachers a central/big picture view of their learners across all of their apps. The dashboard is ordered under student names and/or colour coded groups, and enables real-time feedback.

Chapter Chat Stephen Baker at Russell Street ‘School recommends Chapter Chat. It’s a Twitter-based book club for Years 3-4. Each week a book is chosen and teachers read chapters aloud. Questions are generated and posted on the Twitter chat for children to discuss. A recent task for the book The Land of Magic Medicines was to create a medicine, label it and share it. Also worth checking out is Kidsedchatnz and NZReadAloud.