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Become a “Hyper”Doc Librarian

By: Lori Lee, Library Media Specialist at Zanesville High School

As a school librarian, I embrace my collaboration with teachers by curating content and developing inquiry instruction. One new educational technology trend is a Hyperdoc. The three teachers, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis developed the Hyperdoc model. They define a Hyperdoc as, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.

So, a Hyperdoc is really much more than a Google Doc with links. The focus is more on lesson design that allows for inquiry, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. The Hyperdoc website offers great resources, samples, templates and ready-made Hyperdocs.

I have enjoyed creating Hyperdocs with fellow teachers. We typically begin by looking at the objective of the lesson and then choosing one of the templates. This helps to determine how students will learn. Part of this is also choosing which Google app will be used to bundle the Hyperdoc. Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Maps are the most commonly used. Each one has advantages, but the powerful part is that all can be pushed out to students through Google Classroom. I am then able to curate resources and suggest other tech tools, like Flipgrid, Padlet or Canva that the classroom teacher might not be familiar with.

According to the Hyperdoc website, good Hyperdocs have the following:

  • Creators deliberately choose web tools to give students opportunities to:
    • Engage
    • Explore
    • Explain
    • Apply
    • Share
    • Reflect
    • Extend the learning.
  • Digital collaboration is choreographed that give every student a voice and a chance to be heard by their classmates.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills can be developed through linked tasks.
  • Students have an opportunity to create authentic digital artifacts to show what they know and connect with a wider audience.
  • And the good news is you really don’t need to start from scratch. Templates abound. They are kinda fabulous for scaffolding inquiry and knowledge production.

I would encourage you to check out the Hyperdoc website and find a teacher to collaborate with. I think you will be amazed by the student engagement and the endless possibilities that Hyperdocs offer!