Hyperdocs are carefully crafted digital lesson plans in which teachers use Google Docs or Google Slides to package and present their content in a visually appealing and organized way. They are a transformative, interactive, personalized engaging tool that offers students choice and voice with their learning. With Hyperdocs, students collaborate, create, think critically, and connect and apply their learning at their own pace and meet their own needs.
With strong educational philosophies built into each of the different HyperDoc templates, Hyperdocs have the potential to shift the we instruct with technology. There are several templates available and they can be altered to suit the needs of the lesson. Many HyperDocs follow this basic HyperDoc Template that takes students through these steps of a lesson:
- Engage: Hook your students, get them engaged, and activate prior knowledge. You might use a fun video, interactive website, or audio recording.
- Explore: Link resources, such as videos or articles, for students to explore more information.
- Explain: Clarify the learning objective for your students. This is where you could teach a whole group lesson with direct instruction, or add additional resources for students to explore.
- Apply: What do you want students to create to demonstrate their learning? Give instructions for the assignment.
- Share: Provide a way for students to share their work and receive feedback.
- Reflect: Pause for reflection (whole class, think-pair-share, etc.) or link them to a digital way to share their thoughts.
- Extend: This portion is great for early finishers. Provide extra activities, additional online resources, or challenge them with an extension assignment to extend their thinking.
Other HyperDoc templates include:
- Explore, Explain, Apply
- 5 E’s
- Workshop Model
- Hero’s Journey
How to Create HyperDocs
Because HyperDocs are generally designed using Google Apps like Docs and Slides, it is very easy for teachers to make their own copy of pre-existing HyperDoc they have found online and edit it to make it work for their own lesson. To make a copy, click on File > Make a copy.
Teachers can also design their own HyperDocs by utilizing one of the pre-made templates found HERE. Create a copy of the HyperDoc template and use the format to create your own HyperDoc lesson.
Another option would be to create a HyperDoc lesson from scratch using a Google Doc or Google Slide Deck. One of the HyperDoc templates should be used as a guide for the structure of the lesson. To organize the lesson, use a table in a Google Doc or different slides in a Slide Deck.
Further information and resources can be found at hyperdocs.co.