Microsoft has launched New Zealand-developed education instructional management system, Hapara, on the Office 365 platform, breaking a Google stronghold in the process.
Previously only available on Google Apps, Hapara now integrates with Office 365 and OneNote, providing students and educators on the Microsoft platform with a new tool to further improve student learning outcomes and create a safe online learning environment.
Since starting out as an instructional management system developed in Auckland, for a small handful of schools, Hapara is now used in 44 countries by more than 1.6 million users.
In short, the solution offers its cloud-based system to K12 education institutions who use Google Apps for Education and now, Microsoft Office 365 Education.
Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Manager Evan Blackman says by combining OneNote and Hapara, educators have a powerful tool that helps them focus attention on improving student learning outcomes.
“Hapara on the Office 365 platform gives educators the tool they need to enable visibility, personalised learning, and safety in this digital environment,” Blackman says.
“Educators have long encouraged collaboration with OneNote, creativity and inspiring students to achieve more. Now they can improve that experience through the visibility of student work that Hapara creates.”
Blackman says two New Zealand schools, Opaheke and Methven Primary School School, are piloting Hapara on Office 365.
“The future of education is with great teachers, as it always has been, and the future medium for the daily work of learners is with cloud-based applications,” adds Wayne Poncia, Chief Product Officer, Hapara.
“Now, that cloud-based daily work that happens with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote tools can be organised and more readily accessible to educators with Hapara.”
Poncia says of the key highlights of the partnership for Microsoft educators is the Hapara Teacher Dashboard, which adds an instructional management layer on top of OneNote, giving educators a bird’s eye view of classroom activity, allowing educators to easily assess and provide feedback as the work is happening.
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