Teaching with HyperDocs – PPD017

Teaching with HyperDocs – PPD017

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The use of HyperDocs is on the rise in 1:1 classrooms across the country.  as they allow for increased student engagement and student-directed work. Join us as we ease confusion between a HyperDoc and a Doc with Links.

Featured Content

  • What is a hyperdoc?
    • The term HyperDocs was coined by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis.
    • A HyperDoc is a digital document—such as a Google Doc—where all the parts of a lesson or multiple lessons have been pulled together into one main location. Within this single document, students are provided with hyperlinks to all of the resources they need to complete a variety of tasks and engage themselves in the learning.
  • HyperDocs vs A Doc with Links

  • How to Build a HyperDoc Lesson – Parts of a HyperDoc
    • Many HyperDocs follow this basic template that takes students through six 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.

Links and Resources

What Are We Listening To

Stacey: I’m getting back into my running. In preparation for an upcoming half marathon, I am listening and learning a lot with Let’s Run Disney-October 2017, Another Mother Runner-ep 282

Chris: Fall TV is in full swing. ArrowSquad, Central City Underground, Maid of Steel, Tomorrow’s Legends, Gotham Undercover – Consider checking out a podcast about the TV shows you watch!

AJ: While looking into podcasts for a friend who is embarking on a principalship, and from a recommendation for Nesi – I found Episode 51 of Principal Matters w/ William D. Parker. The episode, title, The Shocking Truth About your Decision Making, was an excellent listen. @Williamdp

What We’re Learning

Stacey: Learning how to run again

Chris: Lessons we can learn from the 2017 New York Yankees. What Educators Can Learn From Yankees OF Aaron Judge

AJ: Things are hard! Balancing all aspects of life is proving to be a challenge. I need to focus.

Feedback and Shoutouts

Face-to-face feedback from Tina Monteleone and Rich Czyz who both love our banter. Rich also loves hearing from experts. If you’re an expert, consider sharing your expertise with the #PodcastPD community!

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  • Tracy Enos

    Great podcast episode!! Blending my instruction by using tools like hyperdocs has changed my teaching! As an 8th grade English teacher, I am able to work 1:1 with my students and give them personalized instruction and timely feedback like never before. I wanted to jump in with the question about what to teachers do when the kids are all engaged. I second the point about giving feedback as they progress through the hyperdoc assignment. Edpuzzle, Flipgrid, google docs, padlet, goformative… there are so many tools to use to communicate with students and foster discussion out there. These tools allow every voice to be heard in the classroom, not just 2 or 3 of the most vocal. Also, I completely take advantage of the kids being engaged and use the opportunity to talk to kids 1:1 about any work / feedback. When teaching classes of 26-30ish kids, it’s so hard sometimes to work directly with a student. I generally have a number of assignments that the kids are working on at once, so, even if it’s not the direct assignment the kids are working on, if all my kids are engaged on a specific step (usually at the start), I will stop a student or 2 to discuss anything else that we have going on – for example, my kids write blogs as an ongoing assignment. A 5 minute face-to-face conversation with the kids is valuable use of time. Then they can jump into the work. I truly love those conversations and take advantage of the time. Also, some of the kids need more help and more guidance, so I always give options for face-to-face instruction when I use a video lesson. When everyone is engaged, that gives me the chance to work directly with those kids who would rather have a face-to-face lesson.

    As a final note, I just wanted to share a collection of English/ ELA hyperdocs that some of us have curated. You’re able to see a wide variety of hyperdocs and activities. https://padlet.com/tenos/r236mb0wceb2

    Keep up the great podcast!
    Tracy Enos

    • Tracy thank you so much for checking out the episode!

      Your feedback is great and we will discuss some of your points in the next episode so stay tuned!

      I will also add a link to the padlet your shared in the show notes above! Thanks!