Hapara: Activity Viewer

Last week I introduced the Focused Browsing feature found in the updated version of Hapara Highlights. Focused Browsing is a great option when students need to stay focused on a few specific websites. When students need more freedom to browse online content, Hapara Highlights provides additional features to help teachers monitor on task behavior.

Activity Viewer, as the name implies, allows a teacher to view the activities of all student Chromebooks in their classroom. The tool displays three (3) sections:

  1. Class Activity lists all sites that students currently have open.
  2. Collaboration lists URLs and documents that two or more students have open.
  3. Unique Activity lists URLs and documents that exactly one student has open.

Activity Viewer gives the teacher an overall summary of their classroom students’ online activities. It gives teachers a more accurate representation of the sites students are browsing during the class period. For example, if a teacher (let’s call him Mr. Z) is monitoring the “Browse Tabs” screen, he will see all the tabs each student in class has open. The night before, one of those students (let’s call her Jenny) may have been searching YouTube for Minecraft videos and left that tab open. If Mr. Z is on the Browse Tabs screen, he may assume Jenny is watching Minecraft videos on YouTube during class. Mr. Z would have more accurate information on the “Activity Viewer” screen. From there, he would see Jenny accessed the site 12 hours ago.

Explore the Hapara Highlights: Activity Viewer screen and let me know what you think. For a brief tutorial, watch the video linked below.


is the Director of Technology Integration for the New Prague (MN) Area Schools. In 1996, he began teaching middle school technology education. He has been sharing technology integration strategies since 2005.

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  1. Shawn, thanks for this insightful snippet about our new Highlights feature. As you can imagine, we are pretty excited about it on the team.

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