Create better Lessons with HyperDocs

Create better Lessons with HyperDocs

Are you in a lesson planning rut? Are you looking for an effective way to integrate technology into your classroom based on sound pedagogical practice? Do you want a better way to increase student engagement, make your content relevant, and where students create a product to demonstrate their understanding? Do you need a model that will allow for both independent classwork as well as group work in a truly blended model?

If so then HyperDocs are a great solution for you. HyperDocs lessons utilize G Suite tools and are more than a bunch of hyperlinks on a Google Doc. HyperDocs are visually inspiring learning experiences that are highly engaging for students.

HyperDocs give your students the ability to interact with the content instead of just consuming it from the page of a textbook.   For example, students can travel via Google Maps, Google Expeditions, they can develop greater understanding through videos, providing students opportunities to analyze and evaluate while they collaborate with other students critically.  Students demonstrate their knowledge by creating a product, and lastly, they have opportunities to reflect on their learning journey.

So what exactly is a HyperDoc?screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-4-32-53-pm

HyperDocs are digital lessons using G Suite tools combined with research-based pedagogy, and they require the 4 C’s of the common core standards: Create, Communicate, Collaborate, and Critically Think. These lessons utilize a blended learning model, meaning that they combine direct teacher instruction, technology, and collaborative group work, independent practice and differentiated entry points to engage and challenge all learners. HyperDocs are not a pre-made curriculum and aren’t a new web app or tool.  They utilize the tools you already have available and probably already use.

Who can use HyperDocs?

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Professional Development Leaders
  • Administrators

How do I teach with them?

  1. Begin with an entry level lesson that gives students the ability to become familiar with the tools first, then as they build their skills with the tools increase the rigor of the experience.
  2. Blend learning with technology, guided teacher input, and collaborative learning.
  3. Provide opportunities for the learner to create, communicate, collaborate, and critically think.
  4. Use this type of lesson when it is a good fit.   Just like you would not use many instructional strategies all day every day, these HyperDocs are not lessons that you would use all day long, every day throughout the year, but instead an option that you can use when it is a good fit for the lesson.
  5. Teachers can direct learners by embedded learning experiences. To insert content, you might consider adding images, videos, gifs, links, and more.
  6. Provide opportunities for students to reflect on the process and their learning.
  7. Give real time feedback.  The best use of the technology is to allow teachers to connect with students and understand their thinking and processes. After following the student’s process, then provide tailored feedback targeted for that student’s individual growth. You can do this by walking the room and giving feedback on their effort. In Google Docs, you can also add comments and feedback while they are working.
  8. Always celebrate the heavy lifting that they are doing as they direct their learning.

Are there any templates or examples?

Yes! Here they are so many resources to help get you started.screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-4-20-28-pm

Below are several lesson templates to help you get started building your own HyperDoc lessons: Credit to HyperDocs for all the templates below.   

How can I evaluate my HyperDocs lesson?

Where can I learn more?

Buy the HypeDoc Handbook on Amazon

Watch the “Education on Air- What’s All The Hype About HyperDocs?” video on YouTube

Visit the HyperDoc website

Visit the HyperDocs Facebook community to #give1take1

Twitter Hashtags to search for #HyperDocs #Give1Take1


I’d love to hear from you.

How have you used HyperDocs?  What additional questions do you have about creating HyperDocs?



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