Looking for ways to differentiate or personalize learning in your classroom? Hyperdocs do just that in a fun, interactive way by including tons of student choice throughout. I had the incredible opportunity to hear Nadine Gilkison’s awesome presentation on Personalized Learning in the K-2 Classroom with Hyperdocs! at #ISTE18. So, what is a hyperdoc?
A Hyperdoc is…
- meant to be interactive and collaborative,
- a shift from teacher lead lectures to students learning through explorations,
- not intended to be a student’s first introduction to a topic, but rather a supplemental tool to personalize learning, and
- not to be confused with a document with hyperlinks…it is NOT a digital worksheet.
A hyperdoc always includes student choice and an opportunity for student creation. You can find ready made hyperdocs on Twitter by searching hashtags like #teachersgiveteachers, #bettertogether, and #hyperdocs or you can choose to make a hyperdoc of your own.
If you choose to create an original hyperdoc, Nadine recommends using Google Slides and organizing the slides within the presentation as Explore, Explain, Apply…and of course, Create.
Start with an Explore slide filled with links to videos for students to watch or passages for students to read. Of course, students don’t need to watch all of the videos or passages provided; let them pick from a list that you have already pre-selected. “One of the main purposes of choice is to provide a few options for students and have them self-differentiate.” – Learning to Choose and Choosing to Learn via Mike Anderson. By allowing them to self-select which video to watch or passage to read, students can pick an option that is neither too easy or too hard.
Additionally, consider giving choice on the Explain slide. Give students options to show their understanding by using tools like Explain Everything, Chatterpix, or Flipgrid or have them use a camera to create a paper slide video. Multiple options allow for student choice. Student choice increases intrinsic motivation and opportunities for students to use tools connected to their strength or interest.
For the Apply section of the hyperdoc, include even more options. In Apply#1, let students show what they know by using flash games, sites that reinforce the concept being covered, or apps designed for extra practice. For Apply #2 use something like Quizizz, a more formal way to assess understanding.
Finally, a hyperdoc is not complete until students have the opportunity to CREATE!!! For the Create option, have students snap a picture, add a screencast, record a video, or use paper and pencil.
If it sounds like too much for you or your students, start small. Limit options by placing a red oval on the option you want them to choose or add red X’s over the options you don’t want students to select, but whatever you do, don’t delete them. The multiple options are great for early finishers!!!
Students view hyperdocs in the edit mode of Google Slides not the presentation mode. By viewing in the edit mode, students can see any notes included on the side of the slide and have extra support if needed. You can see this in Nadine’s 1st grade example, Make 10. Nadine has even had students make videos to explain concepts to fellow classmates. Student videos can be embedded on the side of the slide in the same manner.
The template Nadine provided for K-2 students is designed to be completed in about 20 minutes making it perfect for station work. Listed in the template are video resources and ideas for choices to include in hyperdocs’ explain, apply, and create sections. See all of Nadine’s district’s Hyperdocs creations for K-2, her personal Hyperdocs and her Model Lessons and Templates!
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