Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saving Classes from Year to Year in Haiku Learning Management System

Learning Management System is a big buzzword in educational technology these days.  And there are certainly a lot of ways to go if you are considering implementing one.  One of the best "bang for your buck" solutions is the Haiku Learning Management System.  One of the beautiful things about this system is that it allows teachers to sign up and run their classes for free on an individual basis, but Haiku also has a really affordable school wide licensing model -- as low as $5 per teacher.

But, even with a great learning management system like Haiku, there are always questions about how to do certain things... and one of the biggest I see from year-to-year (in any system) is "Can I save my classes from last year or do I have to re-do everything next year?"

More often than not these days, the answer is: you can save it!  And here's how you do that in Haiku!

1. Wait until the next year's classes appear in Haiku.

  • Last year's classes display in Inactive Classes.
  • At the end of the year, these classes may be accessed in My Classes > select: Jump to Inactive
  • When your new classes arrive from PowerSchool, you may copy the content from your inactive classes to your new classes.
2. Save as Templates
  • You can save current class content to templates
  • Select a class
  • Click on: Manage Class > and select: Save As  > select: Template, and follow the instructions
  • When your new classes arrive in Haiku, you may copy the content from your inactive classes to your new classes.
  • Go to: My Classes  > select: Jump to Inactive Classes  > click on: Templates tab, and select: Share Class...
3. Share Class to the Library (where you and other teachers may copy it later)
  • Select a class
  • Click on: Manage Class > and select: Share Class
  • Select: Library, and check the following: Grade level, subject, and add any tags
  • Click: Copy  (you may then close the screen)

I hope this helps alleviate some of that "End of Year Stress"!

Bruce has worked in educational technology for over 17 years and has implemented several 1:1/BYOD programs.  He also has been a classroom teacher for various subjects.  Bruce is the author of five books: Sands of TimeTowering Pines Volume One:Room 509The Star of ChristmasPhiladelphia Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel and The Insider's Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel.  He also has a new novel coming out in June 2014, The Kill Commission.  Follow Bruce's Novel releases by subscribing to his FREE newsletter!

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