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Interact and Hapara Highlights

Hapara's Interact service will be disabled and the new Hapara Highlights service starts on Monday June 20.  Learn More ...

Hapara's Teacher Dashboard Interact tool allows teachers to enhance sharing and collaboration with students by providing a view of students' activity when using the Chrome browser.

1. How do I get Interact working for my School?
Interact works on any student laptop* (PC, Mac or ChromeBook) running Chrome.

For Interact to work in your school, students must
  • be signed in to CloudShare (Google Apps) with their CEnet login, and
  • have authenticated to the internet, and
  • have accessed at least one Google App (Mail, Drive, Sites, etc) during the browser session.
In addition, 
For Secondary Schools
Students must sign in to the Chrome browser on their laptop with their @sydstu account. If students want to use multiple logins (e.g. a personal email address as well as their @sydstu address) then they must set up separate Chrome Profiles.

For Primary Schools
Your In-School Support Officer (ISO) needs to make changes to the local Server at your school. If assistance is required, please ask your ISO to contact the ICT Service Desk.

2. What kinds of Privacy controls are there with Interact?
Teacher Dashboard's Interact function can only be used in school hours (7.30am to 5.00pm).

Also, interact only operates within your schools' network. Therefore, Interact will not work for, say, a student working from home or anywhere else outside CEO Sydney's network infrastructure.

Currently, Interact does not work with students' mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones or Android devices.
A quick look at Interact for Teacher Dashboard

3. How should Teachers use Interact in the classroom?
Interact is most effective when used in the context of a co-operative and collaborative classroom environment. Teachers love the Interact feature in Teacher Dashboard - but it can be very counter-productive if used to simply "monitor" students (take a look at these reviews). 

We strongly encourage teachers to use Interact not just as a monitoring tool but as a learning tool in the classroomFor example:
  • Open a web site automatically for the whole class at once (Interact opens the site in a new tab on each students browser);
  • Share the screen of a student that's done exceptional work, or as a sample for remediation/correction;
  • Use the message feature to remind students how long to go with a task, or to encourage good work;
  • Use the screen capture feature to take a snapshot of student work for future reference, or as an example of a particular level of work according to a rubric.