The idea of HyperDocs came from the work and creation of Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis. They are a interactive "document" using Google Apps supporting blending learning, which contains tasks for students to complete, such as answering questions, reading/viewing links, watching/creating videos, viewing/creating infographics, photos, additional challenges, and more. The options of HyperDocs are truly limitless and so easy to differentiate for your learners.
After hearing about and researching Hyperdocs for the first time I thought, "Wow! These are so great and I have so many ideas as to how I can implement!" Then I remembered I taught Primary in a grade level that was not yet 1:1 and my students are not fully literate with Google Apps or our Chromebooks yet. I knew I wanted to use these in my classroom, but I also knew I had to be realistic and start small. Providing my 7 and 8 year old students with an in depth HyperDoc with tools they've never used before wouldn't be effective.
I stepped back and thought about what tools have I seen used in HyperDocs that would be appropriate for my learners to use that would be effective.
A few I noticed instantly were:
Google Docs, Drawings, Slides
I decided to start with a few of these tools and teach my students how to use them effectively one by one before tossing them all into an unfamiliar HyperDoc that they haven't ever navigated.
Here are a few HyperDocs snapshotted from hyperdocs.co.
I chose to simplify the look of my HyperDocs for my 2nd graders and used Google Drawings to design them. I didn't want them "too wordy" as I knew many kids would skip right over content if there was too much. We've just finished a review of Money, and my students went through this HyperDoc independently by clicking the pictures to take them to their tasks. I love that I can use HyperDocs during Math Workshop because while I'm working/conferencing with small groups, students are fully engaged in a learning task where they're kept accountable.
Here's what students' money HyperDoc included:
1.) Warm Up: Students got onto Front Row Ed to warm up their brains with a math fact grid.
2.) Jam Out: Students watched and sang along to Blazer Fresh's song, "Getcha Money Right" (Go Noodle).
3.) Sort Coins: Students used Peter Pig's Money Counter website to sort coins, identify amounts, and compare amounts in an interactive way.
4.) Chat: Using Today's Meet, students answered the posed question, "Why is it important to save money?" They talked back and forth with one another on the topic.
5.) Listen: Students listened to a read aloud on YouTube of the story, "The Penny Pot".
6.) Play: Students played a counting money game on abcya!
I'm planning to set up some HyperDocs that are designed and organized by the Triple E Framework (Extend, Enhance, Engage). This will help me to make sure I'm adding more of a variety in my HyperDocs and not sticking in "extend" or "enhance" only.
I really want to push myself to create more HyperDocs that include a creation factor, such as creating a Google Slides presentation about what they've learned. Please leave a comment with other ideas below!
Tips for using HyperDocs with Littles:
> Teach them how to open/close/move between tabs. This deserves a whole minilesson so there's no "Where did the HyperDoc go?!"
> Take it one tech tool at a time. Don't put more than one (maybe two) brand new tools (to your littles) in a HyperDoc at once. You want the focus to be on the content, not navigating the tool.
> Be okay with failure!! Your first HyperDoc with littles will take far longer than you think--but that means they're learning! Learning to navigate a new digital platform always takes time, and that's okay.
> Be creative. There isn't one right format, layout, or order of design in a HyperDoc.
> Let students work at their own pace! The whole point of a HyperDoc is that it differentiates naturally for your students. If they don't understand something, they can go back and redo a portion of the lesson on their own.
Read more about how educators transform their classrooms using HyperDocs:
> How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching | Jennifer Gonzalez (Cult of Pedagogy)
> See this padlet for a massive amount of HyperDoc ideas educators are constantly sharing
> A fantastic educator to follow who does amazing things with Google Apps + Littles: Christine Pinto