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Friday Afternoon Brainstorm - What Tips Do You Have for HyperDoc Creators?

This is not normally how I see my students, but I sometimes wonder if this is how they feel if I don't engage them in the learning?
I have been enjoying the HyperDoc Takeover of the Project Learn Facebook Group and this started me reflecting on some of the HyperDoc tips I've shared at conferences, on social media, and in this blog.

Here are some of my top HyperDoc tips. What more can you add?

Please add additional tips using the comment feature this Google Doc, by replying to this post below, or by sharing your voice in this Flipgrid. (I will add any additional suggestions to the doc and give anyone who submits full credit!)
  • Don’t let your students become keyboard monkeys. If you let them they will check the boxes to finish the HyperDoc without engaging in the learning. Engage them outside of the HyperDoc with face to face discussion and interactive formative assessments
  • HyperDocs do not need to be Google Docs. They can be Google Slides, Google Sites, Google Drawings, Google My Maps, Infographics, Recap Journeys, Deck Toys or something else? (If you dream it, you can build it.) 
  • The HyperDocs Website has some great free templates to help get you started. You can also build your own from scratch. I don't believe there is any one best way to create a HyperDoc. 
  • HyperDocs must be more than a digital worksheet or WebQuest. Active student engagement is essential if you want students to own their learning experiences. 
  • Don’t just use verbs like complete, answer, or submit. Instead look for action verbs like engage, explore, interact, analyze . . . (Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs
  • Be sure to include student voice and choice when and where you can. The digital world is full of incredible student voice resources like Padlet and Flipgrid
  • The best HyperDocs often include activities that are connected to the 4Cs of learning: Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, and Creativity
  • HyperDocs should connect content objectives to the skills that students need. Many of these are included in the ISTE Standards For Students
  • Non-digital student collaboration and communication should be integrated into the HyperDoc process to avoid having students turn into screen zombies. Don’t just leave them checking the boxes to get it done. 
  • The best HyperDocs leave room for student creativity. It also helps to give students some options when asking them to create. If you get 30 copies of the same thing, your students are only following a recipe not creating something new. 
  • Visit the twitter hashtags #HyperDocs and/or #Give1Take1 for additional ideas and sample HyperDocs.
  • Visit the Mentor Samr HyperDoc, HyperDocs Facebook Group, or the Pinterest HyperDoc Digital Lesson Plans for even more ideas and sample HyperDocs.


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