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Tech Tip: What’s the hype With HyperDocs?

A Google Doc tool is helping teachers shift form lecturer to listener in their classrooms. See how.

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Today’s teachers are bombarded with full classrooms, agendas and responsibilities. Finding time to connect with students is tough. How do you manage it all and still be present for your students?

Some teachers are finding success with HyperDocs, Google Docs, with interactive elements, designed to replace the worksheet method of delivering instruction. Teachers are using these to create digital lessons. By sharing a link to a HyperDoc, you can get students thinking, exploring, collaborating, and creating all on their own, shifting you from the lecturer to listener. You are now able to personalize the learning experience and better connect with students.

The beauty of HyperDocs lies in the creator. You have the ability to create any kind of lesson from a blended learning experience to student driven group work. These lessons are not simply colorful Docs with links when constructed with innovative lesson design in mind. Templates are a great way to get started with HyperDocs, along with exploring the many samples teachers are sharing at Teachers Give Teachers. This twitter site (@TsGiveTs) encourages teachers to share their lessons, connect with others, and find lessons that fit their students’ needs. How will you use HyperDocs to engage, educate, and inspire your students?

Lisa Highfill is an instructional technology coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership and has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. A Google Certified Innovator and YouTube Star Teacher, Highfill travels the country presenting at ed-tech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of “The HyperDoc Handbook.” Follow her on Twitter.


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