According to the official HyperDoc Handbook, "HyperDocs [are] transformative, interactive Google Docs that replace the standard worksheet method of delivering instruction" (pg. 7). I like to think about it as a "I give, You give" interactive document or presentation. Students have a chance to learn new information, find their own resources to build a better understanding, and bring back a brand new idea or product to demonstrate learning.
So, where does the teacher fit into this equation? Well, the teacher is the expert, after all! The reason I loved using HyperDocs in my regular lesson routine is it allowed me to be the teacher I wanted to be. I did my best teaching when was able to work with students in small groups or one-on-one (of course, right?!). Well, with the HyperDocs, I was able to curate my lessons on their student devices AND spend my time walking around and offering personalized direct instruction. Can you imagine? In a classroom full of squirrelly teenagers, they were so engaged and invested in the activity, I could walk around to each group and offer a modified lecture to fit their weaknesses in the lesson.
Sometimes, it just takes a bit of inspiration to see the bigger picture and how it can apply to your classroom. Click here to see a sample of HyperDocs I used in my world history classroom (I preferred to create my interactive lessons in Google Slides), or click here to see collection of HyperDocs created by teachers around the world. But I will warn you - after you start using HyperDocs in your classroom, it will change you. This tool is so powerful that it has the potential to completely change the way you have structured your lesson. The benefits of teaching with HyperDocs brought some of the best days of my teaching career, and I couldn't imagine going backwards. What aspects of a HyperDoc appeal the most to your teaching style, and how would you use them in your own classroom?