Using Google Hyperdocs isn't a new or cutting-edge classroom tool, but they are extremely useful. In addition, very user-friendly for students. There are so many amazing options and functions for this technology tool, that meets students where they are at.
I've used a shared Google doc in my classroom for many years. Students and families really appreciate seeing the content of each day as well as the ability to scroll back to look at a previous days agenda. I just put the date, learning target, assignments due and our plan for the day at the top of this shared document. This process works nicely and an easy part of my teaching routine.
The problem I ran into was sharing multimedia links or other relevant content to support learning each day. Initially, I tried to have such links on my classroom web page. However, it got very cumbersome cataloging and organizing the links in a way that they could be found as needed. I even tried adding to my Schoology course page, creating many layers of folders organized per curriculum schedule. There had to be a better place to put the links for the current lessons as well as to Archive and make future lessons better.
Which brings us to Google HyperDocs ability to embed all of my webpage support materials in a meaningful, timely manner. Now students can have access to all of my classroom daily plan resources in one spot. They can see exactly everything that happened in class from schedule, learning targets, presentations and all of those links. The links that can take a good lesson and give it a personalized learning touch. One student told me “It just makes sense to have them there” in the ongoing daily schedule hyperdoc.
This process just works for me, my students and their families. There are so many more uses, just check out Matt Miller, “9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class”. So many great ways to create more clarity in your classroom and students get it. Oh yes, it helps everyone in the learning triangle more efficient and to share the learning.