Student Engagement Guru Dishes on HyperDocs

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Listen to “58-Dishin’ with the HyperDocs Girls” on Spreaker.

I became aware of HyperDocs because of my mentor Kristen Kovak. I featured Kristen in Hacking Engagement Episode 39 which is on the paperless classroom.

My mentor is a grand total of 24-years-old. As I mentioned in the last episode of Hacking Engagement, older teachers like me need to get over themselves and learn from the youngsters. Not long ago, Kristen waltzed into my room and challenged me to start using this cool new tool.

My initial reactions was, Oh great! Here’s another thing I’m going to have to figure out. The good news is that mastering this tool was easy.

You create them by making a copy in Google Docs and then morphing the templates and then BAM…you upload your creation to Google Classroom. Here’s the link for the HD I created for the Korean conflict.

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Kelly Hilton, Lisa Highfill, and Sarah Landis are the co-creators of HyperDocs and authors of the HyperDocs Handbook.

These ladies have designed a remarkable website providing teachers with digital lesson templates and plenty of sample HyperDocs. Aside from outstanding organization, the templates are beautiful, which should never be underestimated.

To begin creating, simply FILE>MAKE A COPY and complete the stages of the lesson cycle by adding instructions and resources.

My final plug for the HyperDocs website is important. Many virtual tools have a free version and paid version. I’m careful about what I pay for out of my own pocket or solicit my administration to fund. I’m certain I’m not alone in this concern and the HD Girls are here to help. All there templates are free for the copying and please investigate the Teachers Give Teachers tab on their website.

The Problem

Your Google Classroom feed is an uninspiring jumbled mess.

The Solution

Introduce inspiration, organization, and beauty with HyperDocs.

What You Can Do Tomorrow?

  1. Peruse the HyperDocs lesson templates.
  2. Insert one of your lessons plan into one of their templates.
  3. Post your creation to Google Classroom.
  4. Debrief your students to see how you can improve with your next HyperDoc.

HyperDocs is a tool you’ll use weekly, if not daily!

For more cool tips and tools to engage teachers and learners daily, check out my book, Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips & Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily.

Author: James Sturtevant

James Alan Sturtevant has taught in Delaware County, in Central Ohio, for over three decades. His first book, You’ve Gotta Connect, details how teachers can build essential relationships with students. He has appeared on many popular podcasts and authored guest posts on Edutopia, the Huffington Post, and Principal Leadership. Sturtevant remains committed to helping teachers forge strong relationships with kids, but his true passion is student engagement. With his new book and podcast, Hacking Engagement, he helps educators create classrooms and schools that captivate kids and empower them to learn.

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