Remember webquests? Webquests were big when I started teaching. Students would work through a self-paced digital assignment, completing ordered tasks linked to websites in the internet. Webquests were designed to learn about a concept or topic. HyperDocs are like webquests on steroids…not necessarily bigger, but so much better!
So, What is a Hyperdoc?
Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis have written The Hyperdoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps as a primer for getting started using HyperDocs effectively in your classroom. It is available in both print and digital formats. According to the writers, “HyperDocs are digital lessons that you give to students for engaging, inquiry-based learning.”
But Isn’t That Just a Fancy Document with Hyperlinks?
In a word, no. True HyperDocs ask students to dig deeper, master content, and demonstrate a deeper understanding. Hyperdocs also allow teachers to build in supports to aid in understanding of the content. In her blog, Karly Moura explains this well.
The beauty of HyperDocs is that the creation of the doc itself requires the teacher to take into consideration the needs of the students, how they will engage in the content, what ways they can reflect on their own learning, and how they can show what they know. It is also ALL about packaging. HyperDocs LOOK engaging because they are. Kids enjoy doing them and while they are learning, collaborating, creating and reflecting in their doc the teacher is given the gift of time to connect with students and engage in quality conversations with them about their learning.
Ms. Moura also created a wonderful graphic illustrating the differences between a document with hyperlinks and a HyperDoc.
Here is an example of a HyperDoc on Growth Mindset created by Lindsay Reed.
Even though this was Ms. Reed’s first attempt at a HyperDoc for her middle school learners, she does a great job of creating a lesson that is engaging and includes multiple methods of delivering information and demonstrating understanding. It also requires completing tasks and answering in ways that require higher order thinking skills…Hallmarks of a good HyperDoc.
How Do HyperDocs Fit Into the Blended Learning Environment?
As I have stated previously, blended learning is any combination of face-to-face and online learning. HyperDocs allow for students to explore and master content online, at their own pace. They can receive lecture, face-to-face instruction in small groups or one-on-one with an educator and the online component of blended instruction via HyperDocs. This can easily fit in a rotation model, flipped classroom model, etc.
But Wait There’s More!
For the low, low price of $0 you too can access these resources! The website associated with the book is a buffet of ideas, tips, and tools made by the authors and shared by the the community of educators. The community has embraced the idea of teachers sharing resources for FREE (remember that is my favorite price) and the amount of knowledge and expertise being exchanged is phenomenal! The point is, share what you create, partake of what others share…everyone wins.
- Hyperdocs.co website created by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis, writers of The Hyperdoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps
- Teachersgiveteachers.net an exchange where users can submit their HyperDoc lessons and download lessons created by other educators to use or modify for their classroom needs.
- #Ditchbook with #HyperDocs #BetterTogether Sharing Extravaganza! Padlet by Karly Moura where educators have contributed an assortment of HyperDocs.
- Hyperdoc Links by Merle Goess is a Padlet that lists a wide range of HyperDoc resources.
- HyperDocs Facebook Group is a forum for all things HyperDocs. It is a very welcoming community where teachers share resources and ideas.
- How to HyperDoc by Nicole Beardsley is a HyperDoc that is also a model for introducing HyperDocs!
- Driving Digital Learning The entire website is filled with resources free to use. This page is a set of HyperDoc templates.
Why Use HyperDocs?
- Personalized, self paced, and flexible
- Room to differentiate with alternate texts for individuals or groups of students, individualized scaffolds like text to speech readers, various ways for students to “show what they know” using multiple learning styles
- Use the skills 21st century learners need
- Less lecture and read and respond lessons of traditional teaching
- Requires intense interaction with and a deeper understanding of content
- Excellent tools for blended learning
- Many lessons already created by peers in the community (educators) that are modifiable for your needs
- Templates to get you started online
Best of all…you’ll have more time to work with students in small groups and one-on-one while your students are engaged in meaningful instruction! Explore HyperDocs as a means to meet the needs of your learners.
If you are already using HyperDocs, or are exploring their use in your classroom, or you just have questions/comments, please be sure to add your thoughts to the comment section below. Thank you for reading!