Getting Started and Sample Classes

How to Use Haiku Learning

Calling teachers, parents, and students: We’ve created “How to Use Haiku Learning” classes for all of you!

For teachers: Are you new to Haiku Learning? Get “how-to” help on everyday basics like using the Portal, creating a Class, and adding Pages and Content Blocks. Or, are you a savvy Haiku Learning user? Enhance your Class with WikiProjects, Discussions, and Polls. Increase student engagement by adding one of our 150 Embed the Web tools and LTI Activities. We know teachers love examples, so you'll see screenshots and slideshows, and a link to a public Haiku Learning English Class.

For Parents & Students: Learn everything you need to navigate Haiku Learning, keep up with work, and communicate with teachers!

There’s something for everyone here. Find your class now and start exploring!

Countless Configurations: A showcase of websites.

Below are just a few examples of how teachers have used Haiku Learning to structure sites for their classrooms, extracurricular activities, programs, newsletters, professional development, and more.  Many thanks to our partner, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSDLT), for providing examples of the exciting ways Haiku Learning can be used.

If you are using Haiku Learning in exciting and innovative ways, please let us know!

Sample Classes

Developed by Barbara Pace, these classes are examples of both the varieties of content that Haiku Learning supports and the flexibility in how you can organize your online class.

How to Organize Your Haiku Learning Class

The Quik-Start classes illustrate five ways to organize your online class. It's really up to you and the role you want your Haiku Learning class to play. Will it simply be a resource site for students, or will it house a significant amount of your course content and activities?

If you'd like a copy of any of the above Quik-Start classes to use as a starting point for your own Haiku Learning class send us an email. We're happy to share.

What to Put in Your Haiku Learning Class

Also developed by Barbara Pace, the classes below represent samples of the various types of information and content you can include in your Haiku Learning class.

Elementary Classroom Sites

These elementary classroom sites were developed by K12 teachers.

Math Resources

Instructor: Barbara Pace
This showcase class for fifth grade math exhibits standards-based lessons and activities in math.

Mrs. Selm's Class Webpage

Instructor: Jennifer Selm
Mrs. Selm nicely showcases her students' webpages and projects using the Haiku Learning gallery. 

Mrs. Williams' Home Page

Instructor: Yvonne Williams
Mrs. Williams provides fabulous links for her class in this simple yet resource-rich site.

Indian Creek 4th Grade

Webmaster: Bruce Nelson
Mr. Nelson does an excellent job of providing news and information for parents regarding field trips, activiites, and the latest news from the fourth grade.

Miss Smelser's Class

Instructor: Michelle Smelser
Ms. Smelser provides a wonderful resource for parents, including picture galleries, a student resource link section, and even an FAQ section for parents!

Miss Bratt's Online Track Report

Instructor: Vicky Bratt
Ms. Bratt makes math interesting within her racing themed classroom website.

Middle School Classroom and Extracurricular Sites

These teacher-created sites are for middle school classrooms and extracurricular activities.

Belzer Orchestra

Instructor: Heather Nieto
Ms. Nieto's exciting website recruits new prospectives for her orchestras and provides resources for current orchestra members, including an orchestra calendar and video of signature peformances.

8th Grade Language Arts

Instructor: Kelly Springer
Ms. Springer uses her team site to list resources, lesson plans, and current event topics of interest.

8th Grade Social Studies

Instructor: Mike Connors
Mr. Connors utilizes his Haiku Learning site as an online syllabus and resource center.

Belzer Band

Instructor: Michael Payne
Mr. Payne has created an exciting band site complete with videos and photos of performances, information for students and parents, and director bios.  

Resource Sites

Haiku Learning classes are also a great place to store educational resources, as these classes demonstrate.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Site

Instructor: Barbara Fogarty
This informative site was designed as a resource for parents who have children with autism.

MSDLT Character Education Newsletter

Webmaster: Kathleen Rogers
An excellent example on how you might use Haiku Learning to display and archive newsletters.

Fall Creek Valley Media Center

Webmaster: Beth Slightom
Ms. Slighton has used Haiku Learning to create a simple Library/Media Center website to list policies, links to web resources, and contact information.

World War II Tribute

Webmaster: Steve Hardwick
A moving tribute site for students with stories, images, and great WWII resources.

Professional Development Examples

Not only is Haiku great for traditional classrooms, it's also a valuable tool for professional development courses.

Secondary Reading Instruction

Webmaster: Barbara Pace
This online re-certification workshop was developed by MSDLT and Butler University to focus on secondary reading instruction.

Visual Literacy in the Classroom

Webmaster: Barbara Pace
This is a fabulous example of another re-certification workshop offered through MSDLT and Butler University.

Developing Self-Directed Learners

Webmaster: Barbara Pace
This is a self-directed course on developing self-directed learners.

Sample ePortfolios

Barbara Pace wrote a series of blog posts about ePortfolios. She discussed the various types, rationale, and formats. Now she's provided samples, too.