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 .
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.”
A Story About a Bird is a short story by the amazing Brad Montague (@thebradmontague). It is about a bird named Rodney who doesn't tweet or chirp like his other bird peers. Instead, he is really into hip hop and making rhymes over sick beats. Needless to say, this video will bring joy to you and your classroom in the three minutes that it takes to watch it. We all have a voice worth using.
Also, did you know that Montague Workshop now makes lesson plans and choice boards to help students reflect on he stories and videos? Use this link to access all the related teaching materials.
Not familiar with Brad Montague? He is the creator behind all of the Kid President (@iamkidpresident) videos that you have undoubtably seen over the course of the last few years. For more from Brad Montague and Montague Workshop, check out his website: www.montagueworkshop.com
Google Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the British Library, has created an free, online exhibit about the history of magic and how it pertains to the iconic JK Rowling universe. If you have students who adore the Harry Potter series, this is a must-explore resource.
Real learning can be hard, often scary, work fill with uncertainty and self-doubt.
This three minute long animated video from Happify provides a basic perspective on how cultivating a practice of mindfulness can help develop an awareness of what we are thinking and feeling in each moment. This can be especially valuable in those moments where we are feeling the natural discomfort of real learning.
Perhaps the most important thing that we can teach our students is about the process of learning itself. To be patient with ourselves in the face of challenge. To nurture the thoughts that make us stronger while noticing and releasing those that hold us back. In the words of the video, to feed the wolf that is "compassionate, loving, truthful, generous, and peaceful."
Video is available here on Youtube.
Explore.org is the world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network. For free, anyone can drop into different habitats around the world and observe an amazing number of different animals - from rescued cats to Bald Eagles, Brown Bears to goats, and Puffins to Beluga Whales. All Live Cams are available in high definition and most are live 24 hours a day. Below each cam is a map showing where the stream is coming from and some information about the animals that are featured.
Use these Live Cams to give students an opportunity to actually observe and take notes on the animals they are writing reports about. Starting a new science unit on underwater ecosystems and can't make it to an aquarium? Spend a few minutes each day observing the shark, whale, and fish channels. Or, just put up a different stream when you aren't using your projector. Think of it as a screensaver that reminds kids that, outside of your classroom, there is a big world out there filled with all kinds of ecosystems and animals.
Check out all of Explore.org's Live Cams for free at: explore.org/livecams
The Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts the ability to create music at the fingertips of students. To make a song, click boxes on the grid, set the tempo, and press play. The track automatically loops and can be changed in real time. When they are happy with their song, students can share their track with the world by clicking the save button and getting a link.
Notice the math connections hidden within tempo and timing of notes. Talk about the patterns of notes that make their music sounds like songs. Have student create songs that accompany their writing - that add to the tone of their stories. Watch smiles develop as they are able to create real music in just a few minutes.
Want a simple example? Check out the simple jam I made in about five minutes: https://goo.gl/c8v14q
Chrome Music Lab Song Maker is available at: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/
For younger learners, check out the Melody Maker, a simplified version with the same general design. Available at: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Melody-Maker/
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