Hyperdocs are carefully-crafted interactive lesson plans that improve understanding through the deep exploration of a subject. They are interactive and integrate multimedia that helps differentiate and enrich student learning. A typical structure includes: Engage • Explore • Explain • Apply • Share • Reflect • Extend the learning.

To learn more, explore: https://hyperdocs.co/

How to create a Hyperdoc lesson: https://www.hyperdocs.co/blog/posts/5-steps

Many people share their ready-made lessons on the above site and on the web. Make sure that you click File > Make a Copy to create your own version before editing (some will be in view-only mode).

Best Practices

  • If using Google Classroom, push out your Hyperdocs that way so you have access. Otherwise, you can ask them to use their share settings.

  • Assign a due date for each section so you can pace your students. Or develop and share a pacing guide that gives recommendations for what they need to do each day. You can also intersperse and check work with a quiz or discussion board.

  • If using Google Forms, add a code so when they finish one section they can go to the next one (like an escape room). Or add a code in the message that you can set at the end of the form.

  • For choices of assignments, use visual cues like emojis (like chili peppers* for mild and spicy) and students can select their "spiciness." (*idea from L. Archer on FB Hyperdoc group)

Turning in and Marking Work

How do students submit work for a Hyperdoc? How do you easily mark? Here are a variety of strategies to consider.

  • Screenshot or take pictures of work and add to a slide. Keep adding as you go. Or upload them to Google Classroom as an image, not as part of a doc.

  • If slides are to be written on, use a different colour for areas that the teacher needs to read that will pop out when looking at them, so teacher can view quickly.

  • Create one Google Classroom assignment post per item on a Hyperdoc for work that needs to be submitted. Add a link from the Google Classroom assignment directly on the Hyperdoc itself, so they can link back to Google Classroom to submit their work. You can get links for individual assignments by clicking on the 3 vertical buttons beside an assignment and copying the link or copy it from the URL address bar at the top of the page in Google Classroom. You can also grab the link for individual slides from the top of the slide presentation.

  • Students can paste a link into the comments section of a Google Classroom assignment (and turn their sharing to "Share for Commenting" so everyone can see and comment.

  • Have students paste a link to their work into a shared Google Doc, For a specific slide, have them open their presentation and go to the slide they want to share. They then copy the URL from the browser's address bar. Each slide in a slideshow has its own unique, permanent URL that's loaded when slides are shown. They can paste that link into the shared Google Doc so you have them all together for quick viewing.

  • Use Google Forms for some areas of the Hyperdoc so that all answers can be viewed in a spreadsheet.

  • Create folders for each student that you share with them, so you don't have the work in Shared With me area. Or have students create the folder and share it with you. You can create a shortcut within your own Google Drive. Pro tip: sort by the Last Modified Date to see recent changes.

  • You can also take advantage of self-marking and peer feedback.

  • Add some sort of sticker or Bitmoji to slides that you've viewed and marked so you know where you've left off.

Related Concepts

Some related concepts are Multimedia Text Sets and Playlists. All these models allow for blended learning that let students take control of their path and let the teacher spend more time coaching and providing feedback. Text Sets are a collection of media resources related to a text or other concept. Playlists are a list of tasks to complete, versus a lesson cycle for Hyperdocs. Students have some control of pace and the approach they take and include multimedia and different types of resources and assessments. Playlists can be differentiated according to student needs. Visit Catlin Tucker's blog for an example of her Argument Writing for Literature playlist: https://catlintucker.com/2018/05/playlists/.

Teaching with Hyperdocs - Highfilcrew

How to Teach Remotely with Google Slides Hyperdoc 2

How to Teach Remotely with Google Slides Hyperdoc 1


Use different colours for different sections on the hyperdocs so that you can identify those areas quickly when marking (if students type directly into their copy of a hyperdoc).

More Resources

Secondary Sample Hyperdocs - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jfoe9fXJ2IyLylQ-lCIvz8pW0k9UCFaopMD6orm_0XY/edit

HyperDoc Lessons by Subject - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4_endK0PHXgVzhQaF9SbG9ab28

Lisa Highfill's presentation for CUE Bold 2017 (Speaker notes add to the understanding)

JNPSD E-Learning Hub - HyperDocs page: https://sites.google.com/view/jnpsdelearning/what-does-designing-e-learning-look-like

Peterson's website is an excellent resource of hyperdoc information and templates: https://sites.google.com/view/peterson-web-page/hyperdocs

Jennifer Gonzalez's article: https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/hyperdocs/

Hyperdoc Library LiveBinder: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2209620&fref=gc&dti=1211657998850750&fbclid=IwAR1aGwLBzruGC0Mb43EsCGicACcibTo_uXysh8idH8t8HHzs21_YAfswcJI

Padlet of HyperDocs from the HyperDoc Online Course: https://padlet.com/lhighfill/rzw4tqmob1dd

Called "Instructional Playlists" but can be used as Hyperdocs: https://sites.google.com/d70schools.org/remote-teaching-hub/instructional-approaches/instructional-playlists?authuser=0

Here's one to share with Parents to learn about Hyperdocs: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10tCM8fKcXHxKgeAVRgjpdCvXpAKfBq5wvkUJxwX_Rxw/edit#slide=id.p

Lots of Hyperdocs available at https://sites.google.com/view/peterson-web-page/hyperdocs

Building Community and Connectedness Remotely - excellent post and interactive infographic on the Hyperdocs.co website: https://www.hyperdocs.co/blog/posts/building-community-and-connectedness-remotely