|This quote was part of my HyperDoc "Aha" moment.|
- Deliver digital content
- Promote independent and collaborative learning
- Provide choices for students to demonstrate their learning
- Get more time for individual or small group interaction with the teacher
So if you are at all interested in HyperDocs or looking for other instructional practices, I encourage you to continue reading and take notice of the possible effects you may encounter.
- A way to INCORPORATE TECHNOLOGY into my lessons
Each HyperDoc I created served a purpose in the classroom, to help inspire curiosity and advance my students learning. The reason why HyperDocs can do this is because they can be whatever you NEED them to be. Each one is created specifically for the students and what their needs are. And to me THAT is the purpose of incorporating technology into your lessons.
- DELIVER DIGITAL CONTENT to students.
There are an endless number of resources and web tools out there that can help students make connections and become successful learners. Once I have found the resources I want to use, with just a few clicks or keyboard shortcuts, I can place the link to a useful video, website, image, or online activity in a HyperDoc and push it out for students to access. It is a simple and effective way to help guide students great material online.
- Keep students ENGAGED in their learning.
In addition to lesson design, HyperDocs allow teachers to be creative in the actually design of the lesson itself. When you create a HyperDoc you get to choose the page color, layout, font styles and size, and images you want to include into the lesson. As for me, I am always thinking of what I can include in the lesson design that will make the lesson more visual appealing and engaging for my students.
- Fostered COLLABORATION among students.
Before HyperDocs I had the typical collaboration setup. I made sure desks were in groups so student could turn and talk. I would let students partner up (both self and teacher selected) during most assignments. I would have my “go to” students that were capable of helping other students if needed. And so on and so forth.
However after I began using HyperDocs, a whole other level of collaboration began happening. After assigning a HyperDoc, students would divide up sections to read aloud for their group. They would share the workload by assigning each other the different links within a section of the HyperDoc to explore and then share what they learned with each other. (I did reinforce though that everyone double check each other too.) Students were teaching other students how to use the technology. Sometimes the HyperDoc itself or an outside linked web tool. Add in a shared Google Doc or Slides, Padlet, or Pear Deck and even more great collaboration happens.
Heather Marshall (@MsMarshallCMS) shared how even one of her students that was sick and at home, signed into the HyperDoc assignment to collaborate and help the group with the work by making comments on a shared Google Doc. How amazing is that?
- I became a classroom FACILITATOR.
I will be honest, it felt kind of odd for a while whenever I first began assigning HyperDocs. I use Google classroom to “pass out” the HyperDoc and typically give my students some sort of verbal or written directions before they begin. After that most of the instructions for the HyperDoc lesson was built within the HyperDoc as text, video screencasts or GIFs so once students started, I felt like I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t standing in the front of the room with students watching and listening to me deliver the lesson. I really didn’t know what to do with myself.
- DIFFERENTIATION was made easier.
HyperDocs allow students to work at their own pace and provide choices. Some may go slower and need more guidance and since you are now a facilitator of the classroom you have more 1-on-1 face time to support individual or small groups of students that need it. For the students that fly through your lessons and are constantly saying “Now what?”, include built in extra extension activities to help guide students to deeper understanding of the topic.
- Different leveled reading passages
- Links to explainer videos
- Tutorials or GIFs
- Google Form formative assessments
- Encourages students to become CREATORS.
If you see the importance of getting students to become creators then it’s a no brainer that utilizing HyperDocs is a great way to include more creating into your lessons. Just check out this Google Drive folder of some student creations that came from HyperDocs.
So there you have it. The seven ways HyperDocs has helped transform the learning and teaching in my classroom. I am actually anxious and eager to get the new school year started and apply what I now know.
If you have any questions about HyperDocs please comment below or feel free to reach out and connect with me on twitter @SEANJFAHEY.