New Google Drive Tool Saves Teachers Time in Haiku Learning

While your schools have been abuzz with new students, schedules, and (probably) lots of meetings, our Product Team has been abuzz preparing a new, exciting feature for you.

Meet the Google Drive Picker!

We told you it was coming! You can work more efficiently with the new Google Drive Picker. It’s an easier, faster, one-stop shop for “picking” and adding all kinds of files:

  1. Google Docs: The new interface looks like a window into your google drive, providing a familiar view of your folders and files from which to choose. Even better—use the search box at the top to let Google find the exact file for you.

    New Google Drive Picker feature

  2. Google Maps: NEW! Get any map you need in seconds. Simply type a location. Then click “select” and the picker automatically embeds the map.

  3. Google Videos (aka YouTube): Stop scrolling to find the embed code and then copying and pasting it. Just use the search box to find a video and choose Select.

Feel free to read more about this new time-saving tool. Better yet—log in to your class and take it for a "drive" yourself!

You can also read about our other site updates in our version 9.4.0 notes. As always let us know what you think!

New from Haiku: A New Look, a New School Year, and Google Apps Changes are on the Way!

For most of us, August brings with it falling leaves and the start of school. For those of us at Haiku Learning, the summer simply flew by! We’ve been hard at work with several start-of-school projects and are excited to welcome you back to enjoy the fruits of labor.

A Shiny New Look!

If you haven’t already checked out the new design refresh, when you login you will see that Haiku Learning has a new look. From Haiku Learning’s first day, balancing a streamlined feature set with good looks has always been top of mind. Now with our third major refresh, we are pleased to show off our most recent, mobile-inspired interface. For a complete list of what has been changed and updated during the refresh, take a look at our summer release notes for versions 9.0, 9.1, and 9.1.1.

Ready for the New School Year...All Systems Go!

Over the past year, we have been working on eliminating single points of failure in our server architecture. We are pleased to be kicking off the school year with a High Availability system fully operational, which allows us unprecedented redundancy in the face of critical server issues. To test our readiness, last week we commenced Operation Chaos Panda, simulating system failures to test just how redundant we are. We are pleased to say that our new system held up to the challenge.

Google Apps Changes Are on the Way!

In just a few weeks, those of you using Haiku’s Google Apps integration will see a few changes. We will be replacing Haiku Learning’s custom document selector with the Google Drive picker, which, when creating content, will be like having a mini Google Drive embedded in your Haiku Learning class. From the new picker, you’ll be able to see folders, an expanded list of file types, and even embed maps and videos! We will be in touch with our Google Apps schools with further details about these changes this week.

For more information on other changes and fixes that went out this weekend, check out our Version 9.2 release notes from this Friday’s launch.

Welcome back!

Haiku Learning Honored as One of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch

Haiku Learning has been recognized as one of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch.

In its fifth year, this program is presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The program is endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation and celebrates Indiana’s privately-held second-stage companies — established businesses that are past the start-up phase.

Goshen-based Haiku Learning and 26 other companies from around the state will be honored on August 20 in Indianapolis.

From 2010 through 2013, these companies generated $379 million in revenue and added 622 employees (both in Indiana and out of state), reflecting a 120 percent increase in revenue and 96 percent increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into 40 percent annual revenue growth and 32 percent annual growth in employees.

Haiku Learning is a full suite of beautiful, cloud-based tools designed to get schools up and running with digital learning in minutes. Known for incredible usability and rapid adoption rates, Haiku Learning’s robust digital learning platform supports K-12 blended and online learning. Teachers use Haiku Learning’s content-centered approach to craft an online environment that best suits their instructional style. As schools grow their toolsets, Haiku Learning becomes an ever-more-invaluable hub for communication, student activity and engagement, traditional and standards-based grading, and collaboration.

Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

Haiku Learning: More Beautiful Than Ever

Haiku Learning's new look is here!

New Look for Haiku Learning

With this new design, we’ve cleaned up, refreshed, and modernized Haiku Learning in a number of ways. Thanks to its simplified buttons, tabs, and icons, Haiku’s flattened visual style dazzles on smaller displays, minimizes distractions, and makes it easier for you to find the things you need most.

Even better: in the week since our new design first launched, we’ve gathered feedback from the community and put together a second wave of improvements tailored to our customers’ needs. We couldn’t have done this without you, HaikuMasters! Just another reason why we’re grateful to work with such a wonderful community of educators.

Check out our knowledgebase to find out more about what's changed with the new design.

Coming Soon: A Clean New Look for Haiku Learning

Ready for a more beautiful online classroom?

When you login next week, you’ll see a sleeker Haiku Learning: we’ve modernized buttons, tabs, and icons; we’ve flattened the design to make it look better on smaller displays; and we’ve removed distractions and highlighted the most important actions on every page.

New Look

At the same time, we've worked hard to maintain the familiarity of the tools you know and love so that you won't need to relearn the way you work in Haiku. You can still use Custom Themes, and your existing Themes will be incorporated into the new design. You will see a few small wording and organizational changes to the top navigation menus so that you can more easily find what you need, but Haiku Learning will still be just as friendly as you remember.

Later this summer our Helpdesk and Knowledgebase will also get a new look, as will the notification e-mails sent out by our Haiku Learning domains.

So keep an eye on your screen: we’ve got some exciting changes just around the corner.