NYC Department of Ed names Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard best administration/engagement app in its Gap App Challenge

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hapara Teacher Dashboard, the platform that empowers teachers to effectively use Google Apps in their classrooms, was awarded first place in the Administration/Engagement App category of the NYC Schools Gap App Challenge. Chosen from a pool of close to 200 applicants, Hapara was selected based on the quality of its product and user experience, the potential for its platform to impact student engagement and performance, and the extent to which teachers want to use its tools.

“Congratulations to Hapara and the rest of the Gap App Challenge winners on this accomplishment,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “Their innovative apps will benefit our students by meeting their individual needs and support them on their path to academic and career success.”

This award acknowledges Hapara for helping educators manage their Google Apps classrooms effectively. “We are thrilled to be awarded this honor by the NYC DOE,” said CEO Jan Zawadzki. “Any school that works with Google Apps understands its potential for student collaboration and motivation. What Hapara Teacher Dashboard offers on top of that is a way for teachers to feasibly and effectively manage all that content, and ultimately impact student outcomes by providing an engaging digital classroom, which is especially important during middle school years.”

Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard shapes Google Apps to meet the needs of teachers and schools. Its flagship product, Teacher Dashboard, organizes the Google environment the way teachers do – around classes and students. With Teacher Dashboard, it’s quick and easy for teachers to organize, view and engage with student work across all Google Apps - Docs, Sites, Blogger, Calendars, Picasa, Gmail and even Google+ - and that means more frequent, targeted feedback for students and more time for teachers to focus on improving student outcomes.

In addition, Hapara’s Remote Control add-on feature works with Google Chromebooks, allowing teachers to see what students are doing online remotely, helping them ensure students stay on track and stay safe while online.

About the NYC Schools Gap App Challenge The NYC Schools Gap App Challenge is an initiative of the New York City Department of Education challenging the software development community to develop applications and games that will help fill the gap in middle school students' skills, interests, and motivation. These "gap apps" can improve middle school (grades 6 - 8) math outcomes, or enhance educator collaboration, classroom communication, management and engagement. The competition is intended to provide recognition to individuals, teams of individuals, for-profit legal entities and/or non-profit organizations for developing innovative applications and games that enhance teaching, learning, and engagement in middle schools.

Winners of the challenge will receive $50,000 in cash prizes, as well as $54,000 in Amazon AWS Credits across first and second place in two categories and five honorable mentions. After the challenge, eligible submissions may be considered for a pilot program in iZone schools supported by Amazon Web Services consulting services. The iZone schools are a collection of 250 innovative New York City public schools committed to personalizing learning for every student.

Judges for the competition included New York City educators and area experts, as well as education and technology industry innovators such as Tom Vander Ark and Kara Swisher.

About Hapara

Hapara shapes Google Apps to meet the needs of teachers and schools. Its flagship product, Teacher Dashboard, organizes the Google environment the way teachers do – around classes and students. With Teacher Dashboard, it’s quick and easy for teachers to organize, view and engage with student work. Teacher Dashboard’s Remote Control add-on feature works with Google Chromebooks, allowing teachers to see what students are doing online remotely, helping them ensure students stay on track and staying safe while online. With hundreds of school customers across 30 countries, Hapara is the management platform of choice for Google Apps for Education. Visit hapara.com.