What’s all the Hype about Hyperdocs

Earlier this year, I had the chance to participate in the Hyperdocs Bootcamp. When I first learned about Hyperdocs, I was a skeptic. In my eyes, it was a glorified google doc, but as I worked with the teachers in my building through this bootcamp, I realized yes, it may be a glorified google doc, but it’s so much more. By using hyperdocs in my instruction I have been able to:

  • Provide a more organized workspace for students
  • Have students use a variety of technology tools in one space
  • Better organize my lessons
  • Present topics using a variety of media to accommodate more learners

So…What is a Hyperdoc?

A hyperdoc can be a variety of of platforms, but it is a living document where students are able to bounce to different types of medias and technology tools, interact with the teacher, and record their work. It seems very similar to a webquest, but it allows for teachers to give feedback more efficiently and keeps the students more organized.

How have I used Hyperdocs?

My first hyperdoc was made to prepare my students for an author livestream. Unfortunately, weather cancelled the event, but the students responded well. I was able to use Google Classroom as a delivery method for the students and Google Docs to create it. I have been loving Google Classroom’s “Make a Copy for Every Student” feature. This allows teachers to watch students as they work and provide feedback to students before they turn their assignments in.

The goal of this hyperdoc was to have students explore Ruta Sepetys and her book “Salt to the Sea.” We didn’t have the time to read the whole book, and this assignment helped students develop their curiosity. The students asked great questions and it have them a little more freedom than a traditional lesson would have. Hyperdocs encourage teachers to embed different types of media and technology tools/assessment measures in the document.

The teacher I worked with really enjoyed how the students responded to the hyperdoc, so we planned a holocaust exploration together. This activity went with “The Diary of Anne Frank” and allowed them to develop background knowledge.

Then I was getting ready to do a project with one of my special education teachers. Her students have always been really successful with their Thinglink projects, so she wanted to do something on space spinoffs. We were looking at her successes and failures with past projects and realized that hyperdocs could provide more scaffolding for her students, embed other questions in the project, and allow her to track their progress as they worked.

Do you want to learn more?

I would check out http://hyperdocs.co/ to learn more. There is also a book available called “The Hyperdoc Handbook” that is super helpful! You can also follow @TsgiveTs on Twitter. The goal of the hyperdoc website is that teachers can post hyperdocs and search for hyperdocs that they would find useful!

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