Revisiting HyperDocs!

I was first asked to present on HyperDocs for LINCS in 2018. Since then, so much has changed! Between technology tools constantly changing and improving, and teachers having to GREATLY revise their lessons due to the COVID19 pandemic, I think it's worth discussing HyperDocs again.

Fortunately, Lizelena Iglesias was thinking the same thing! She is the new Science Moderator for LINCS, and we have decided to collaborate. We will be holding a Coffee Session later this month to discuss using HyperDocs for science instruction both in face-to-face as well as a remote environment. We would, however, love to include all educators!

In the meantime, I would love to hear from others. Are you using HyperDocs? If so, how are you using it in remote, face-to-face, blended learning, etc.? What tools are you using to create HyperDocs? If you are not familiar with HyperDocs, have you heard about them or are you interested in learning more? No matter your situation, what are your thoughts about HyperDocs? 

If you are interested in learning more before discussing HyperDocs, let me know, and I would be happy to share some resources!


Because of how I have to do content now, I mostly focus on doing slideshows and following that up with mobile friendly quizzes.  I'm not sure how to make a hyperdoc that is easy to use on a smart phone, so they're fallen out of my repertoire.

I agree, Gareth. You would have to be super cautious with the tools you use and I wouldn't use Google unless the students were trained on using Google on their mobile devices. I think Susan Gaer has done that before, though!

I think these would be more useful than ever during this current pandemic.  However, I am in a very rural area and most of the community doesn't have very good internet service.  I would still incorporate them for students to work on them if they can go to a good service area.  They are also pretty inexperienced with technology so it is a long process to get them to work on something like this on their own and doing it remotely with them when they don't know basic digital literacy skills is proving quite a challenge.  

I agree, Jeanine. I still find it useful to use a tool like Wakelet to create my entire lesson/unit, but I find myself walking them through each step instead of having students do too much on their own. I am very cautious to only have independent practice on tools that play well with mobile devices. 

What about building hyperdocs that are less for assignments for a class and more of a prescription of study materials, perhaps tailored for a student.  They access them when they can, and report back their results, but there's no set schedule for them to finish them.  If they can access a library computer or the wifi somewhere, then they can spend some time on it.

For example, you have students working on a subject with khanacademy resources.  The hyperdoc includes links to Khan Academy practice activities, and students report back how many they got right on their hyperdoc as a stamp to mark their progress.

I agree with Gareth. I haven't used hyperdocs since I began teaching remotely. I'm interested in revisiting hyperdocs, though, and would like to see how they could work with remote students. Very interested in the science lesson since science is one of my weaker areas, but I think it can be so fun to teach!