Vista USD Ed Tech Newsletter

February 2021

Important Updates


We are thrilled to share that Hapara is once again available for our teachers (classic and virtual) to use. This is an important tool to assist teachers with digital citizenship and classroom management. Some important notes:

  • Check out this teacher guide for more information!
  • Teachers may only use Hapara for student monitoring during school hours
  • Hapara is available for grades 2-12; it works with the student account on Chromebooks and desktops
  • Hapara does not work on iPads (it has some limited use when using Chrome browser on iPad)
  • Only the rostered teacher can use Hapara with their students

Professional Development Survey

The EDTECH team wants to support you with timely and differentiated PD opportunities. Please take this brief survey to share the PD opportunities you would enjoy!


Kami- Students can mark-up and annotate right on a PDF

Kami is a Google extension which allows users, both students and teachers, to mark-up and annotate PDF files. This is a great feature for students, allowing them to engage on grade level resources (including Eureka and Benchmark), with features like drawing, highlighting, and more. In addition, Kami integrates directly into Canvas, allowing teachers to view student annotations and provide direct feedback through teacher annotations.

Kami is now available to our TK-12 students and teachers.

Directions and Videos

Quick Tips for this Month

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How to Share Only a Portion of Your Screen in Zoom - Video

How to View Grades of Students that Have Left Your Course In Canvas- Video

Contact Us!

VUSD Canvas Help Form

Canvas Support Teachers

Melissa Larsen

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