Hapara's Teacher Dashboard is a third party application that supports teachers in managing, organizing, and working with shared folders between teachers and students. At ETHS, we have accounts created for all teachers and students, and have received an overwhelmingly positive response on the time and effort saved when using Teacher Dashboard.
To access Teacher Dashboard, first log into your Google Apps account.
In a new tab, open the following: teacherdashboard.appspot.com.
On this page, you'll be asked to enter your Google Apps domain. For ETHS, it's eths202.org.
You'll be asked for approval to link your Google Apps account with Teacher Dashboard.
Once you OK this approval, you'll see your classes on the home screen.
TIP: A direct route to your school's dashboard can be accessed by adding the domain name to the URL. For ETHS, try teacherdashboard.appspot.com/eths202.org. Make this a bookmark in your browser (see our first module for a reminder) and get there even faster. You'll still need to be signed into your Google Apps account though.
Log into Google Apps and the Teacher Dashboard using the instructions above. Verify that all of your class sections appear on your home screen. If a class is missing or if there are errors in your student roster, contact your IT department (ETHS - please contact David Chan).
When you open a class in Teacher Dashboard, you see all of your students along with any items they have shared with you through the class folder (see above for instructions).
There are a few additional options that allow for grouping and sorting on this screen.
Try using the Sort function to organize your students by first or last name. Also, if you use groups, try using the color indicators and group your students on Teacher Dashboard.
A nice additional feature of the Teacher Dashboard setup is access to student email address lists. The class info tab contains a roster of students, class resources, and student address lists available both as a simple copy/paste (for email or saving as a contact list) and as a CSV or Tab Delimited file for import into other programs. This provides a great resource for teachers that need this data and don't want to spend time typing it out again.
Try copying the student email address list and pasting into the email field of a contact in your email program (such as Google Contacts). Name the contact your class name, and you will now have an easy reference to all of your students' school email addresses.