Hyped-Up for Hyperdocs

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Hyped-Up for Hyperdocs

It’s a movement. Lesson Design vs. Lesson Planning. It’s a book. It’s a website with a ton of resources. It’s an online course by EdTech Team. It’s what everyone is talking about. It’s changing the way teachers deliver their lessons. It’s Hyperdocs.

I have blogged about this before but since I was asked to it again for a presentation in May, I thought I would go ahead and give an update on what I have learned since my last post on the topic. Since then I have probably delivered 4-6 presentations on the topic, getting more confident about it all the time. And I am getting ready to go in the home stretch of the year delivering 85% of my lessons using Hyperdocs. Since I only acquired the book last June I am amazed at the impact it has had on my teaching in such a short time. I was dedicated and persistent, determined to see this though.

So again what is a Hyperdoc? It is NOT a digital worksheet. It is not a worksheet with links. It’s bigger than a multimedia text set. The official book definition is:

HyperDoc is a term used to describe a Google Doc that contains an innovative lesson for students- a 21st Century worksheet (I need to change that word) but much better. … With one shortened link, students can access a lesson that contains instructions, links, tasks, and many clever ways to get kids thinking.

Here is an example of one that I recently “reconfigured” to fit the needs of my classroom. I think that it can be used in a number of subject so I decided to include it in this post:

Digital Story Hyperdoc

I have continued to refine how I use this method of lesson design in my classroom. When I present on the topic, I find that it’s A LOT of overwhelming information for teachers to absorb. I went from a one hour workshop, to a two hour, but really it’s a half day endeavor. Teachers need to come in prepared with an idea in mind, it also works if they are working with their PLC whether it be by grade or subject. It also helps if teachers are using Google Classroom. I am considering a beginner and advanced class depending on your level of Google experience.

It was really great to work with Lisa Highfill at the LA Summit in Pomona. I was able to bounce my ideas off of her and make sure we were (or rather I was) continuing her dream. I look forward to doing the same with Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis. In addition, I have an idea to take this whole concept further, but that is for another post, when some other plans have worked themselves out. Until then, if you have any hyper space questions on Hyperdocs, please feel free to reach out to me. I am happy to spread the love.

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