Hyperdocs are transformative, interactive Google Documents that are rooted in student inquiry and engagement. They are powerful tools that can quickly change the way you teach and help shift your classroom to a more student-centered environment. '
If you aren't yet a Hyperdocs super-fan, this is it. Your time has come.
Or maybe you are already a Hyperdoc master.
It doesn't matter. Either way, you should check out the amazing resources available on the official Hyperdocs website, www.hyperdocs.co .
Some highlights include:
Templates! These hyperdoc templates make putting together lessons quick and easy. Choose one that is relevant to your content, click File > Make a Copy, and start putting in your resources and texts.
Sample Lessons! There are an incredible number of already educator-created lessons available in this shared resource folder. Hyperdocs focusing on everything from Charlotte's Web, to Halloween, to writing exponential equations are available. Don't recreate the wheel, just take someone else's wheel and modify it for your needs!
How To Resources! A great Hyperdoc is more than just a few links on a Google Doc or a digital worksheet. It is thoughtful lesson design that can transform student learning. This "How-To" resource page will teach you how to make amazing lessons for whatever grade level and subject area you teach!
Check out the Hyperdoc Youtube Channel for all sorts of awesome PD.
Purchase The Hyperdoc Handbook, a step by step guide that will help you become a hyperdoc superstar and follow the authors: Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis.
Follow the hashtag: #hyperdocs .
A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to teach a computer science enrichment class to four periods of incoming 4th and 5th grade students. Initially, I thought the goal of the class was to show these students that each one of them could learn a computer programming or web development language and, one day, become engineers at a place like Google or Apple.
As it turns out, I was wrong. Teaching students that they could become computer science professionals was the cherry on top, not the reason for taking the class.
For this month long summer class, I decided that my students would spend one week creating a website using HTML. Instead of using a fancy development environment, we used nothing but Notepad to write our webpages. To anyone who has not made a website from scratch, HTML is a jumble of tags made of letters, symbols, and numbers which surround the content of your page. In the jumble, however, is precision. Every colon, space, and slash must be placed perfectly. If a character is incorrectly inserted or a semicolon missed, the whole project fails - the incredible web page that exists in your imagination appears only as a blank screen.
Fourth and fifth graders can, at times, still struggle to remember to capitalize the first letter of a sentence or remember the five parts of a friendly letter. After a few days of tackling HTML, with the precision that it requires, it became clear that these nine and ten year olds would learn as much about tenacity and perseverance as they would about hypertext and website publishing.
Student-centered classrooms are filled with conversation. We spend so much time teaching students how to talk, but comparatively little time giving them skills on how to become really great active listeners. This TEDEd video, created by The School of Life, offers four tips on how we can all be great listeners that make our conversation partners feel comfortable and confident in sharing their ideas.
Like this video? Check out similar talks from the Ted-Ed series Things They Don’t Teach in School, But Should for a wide range of interesting life skill lectures from “Is Binge Watching Bad for You?” to “Why Perfect Grades Don’t Matter.”
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