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Creating a Learner Mindset at Home: A Caregivers Guide to Remote Learning

“Parents are the first teachers!”  Parents/guardians do not need to be told how to teach their own children, they do it every day. Caregivers are just wearing a new title these days, “classroom teacher.” As professionals in the field of education, we just want to embrace that partnership more than ever, to support everyone involved -- ourselves, the parents/guardians, and the students! Here are some tips on building effective relationships and establishing routine...

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Building Community and Connectedness Remotely

  After months of shelter in place and limited opportunities for social engagements, students have been isolated in their homes and many have experienced different versions of trauma. We know that when students feel connected to their classroom community, then they have an increased level of engagement, retention, participation, and motivation. Therefore, now more than ever, it is important to plan ways to create a connected classroom community.    Last spring, when educa...

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BluePrint for Building a HyperDoc unit for Remote Learning

At the time of writing this, there are so many questions up in the air. Will we return to the classroom full time this coming school year? Will it be a hybrid model where students come for a couple of days and learn remotely for the rest of the week? Or will we continue distance learning with the idea that it is no longer an emergency situation, but one where grades now count?  Download the, "Blueprint for Building a HyperDoc Unit" here. While so much may seem out of your ...

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Is My HyperDoc More Than a Worksheet?

Have you ever come across a HyperDoc and really couldn’t see what is so great about it? Does it seem like it's just a doc with links?                       There is no one right way to design a lesson, it is all about the choices you make. Like any lesson you create, they are personal to your curriculum objectives, to the needs of the students you work with, and may include layers of addition...

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5 Steps to Create a HyperDoc Lesson

by Sarah Landis                   Feeling overwhelmed with all the sudden shifts in education?  Regain control with HyperDocs: digital lesson design that you create for your own students.             Why digital lesson design?  When was the last time you sat down to think through all the steps of a lesson plan? Aft...

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Making the most out of summer learning opportunities!

  Are you used to attending an educational conference over the summer to learn new ideas and to develop professionally? Are you anxious about what school will look like in the fall and not sure where, to begin with, planning? Do you want to continue learning this summer and make plans for the fall, but you are not sure where to begin?  Maybe it is time to dive into learning all about HyperDocs digital lesson design. As we reimagine learning in 2020, we need to consider all the op...

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End of the Year HyperDocs: Bringing Closure for All

Endings matter. And this might just be our craziest one yet. Teaching is a unique profession because we have a very clear beginning and an ending. This year feels like a blur. We are in the process of reimagining what the end of the 2019-2020 school year will look like. And as always, the teacher is at the center of creating that experience. You did not say goodbye to your students. You did not get that final chance to say, “I’m proud of you.” You did not get to plan for what t...

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Different Ways to Apply - “Show What You Know” Assessment

  Have you been thinking about how to report on students’ progress during distance learning? Have you wondered about how to avoid cheating on assigned tests, how to ensure that assessments are completed by students without outside help, or how to collect a fair assessment of student understanding of essential learning objectives? Maybe you are required to give credit/no credit, assign grades, or provide narrative comments reporting on student performance.    ...

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If THIS...Then THAT with HyperDocs!

   Starting anything new can feel both exciting and nerve-wracking -- your first day of kindergarten, your first day in a new city, your first day of teaching. As educators, we are constantly in a state of “newness,” or new beginnings. We take on new standards, new curriculum, new students, and new expectations on a regular basis. As teachers of technology, we are often flooded with new tools and ideas. Learning to design HyperDocs and deliver instruction using digit...

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Explore Fun HyperDocs and Learn How to Revise for Remote Learning

As we shift into remote learning across the globe, many educators are quickly scrambling to figure out digital tools and platforms for delivering instruction. This is a process that needs time and room for adjustments as we try out new methods, reflect on the effectiveness, then revise to fit student needs. Taking this valuable time allows for teachers, students and parents to get acquainted and comfortable with new procedures and routines.  But what about the content we are sharing? Doe...

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Community Building HyperDocs for your Remote Classroom

“We don’t want kids to stay busy, we want kids to stay connected and engaged.”  Most educators around the world experienced a big shift towards remote learning in the last month. This has been an overwhelming change for all.  Although parents are taking on the role of educator, it has become abundantly clear that nothing or no one can ever replace a teacher. Also, face to face time with friends and classmates is being recognized as a focal point of classroom lif...

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Supporting Student Executive Functioning Skills with HyperDocs

  Written and Presented by Kelly Hilton - @kellyihilton, www.kellyhilton.org co-creator #HyperDocs / co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook Since transitioning to remote learning, parents, teachers, administrators, and all educational personnel have been required to collaborate on creating virtual classrooms and environments for students to learn from home. For students who need support in executive functioning skills, there are a few things that we can do ...

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HyperDocs Templates for Getting Started

These templates were designed to ease teachers into the HyperDoc creation process, and provide a starting point. There are five templates, representing different lesson design models. We love to see how unique each HyperDoc becomes from the template.  To create your own, make a copy of the template and customize it! TEMPLATE: Basic HyperDoc Lesson SAMPLE: Creative Writing Challenge  TEMPLATE: Explore, Ex...

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Samples of HyperDocs for Every Subject

Time to go shopping for HyperDocs! Look closely at design elements, different packaging options, engagement strategies, and more. Imagine the potential and possibility of digital lesson design with HyperDocs!  Click on the image below to access HyperDocs in each content area.      &nbs...

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Building Agency in our Students Online

Why agency and why now? Now more than ever our students need to have agency in their learning and in their lives in and out of their academic lives. Agency enhances our students' sense of control, which is a pivotal part of building resilience and ultimately healthy coping strategies for when things change around them. One way to see how agency fits into the bigger picture of our students well being is this amazing sketchnote by teacher, learner and sketchnoter, Lauren G. Her Ins...

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The HyperDocs Girls

When our schools adopted Google Apps for Education and equipped our classrooms with technology, we began asking: How can we truly utilize these tools to transform the student learning experience? It was then that we coined the term HyperDoc to define our digital lessons and started creating. Teaching with HyperDocs got us really excited about personalizing our lesson plans and instructional delivery.  We were feeling alive! Our students were engaged and excited...

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What is a HyperDoc?

As classroom teachers, we hear constantly about 21st-century learning - we want students to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers, and communicators. Then we ask them to sit quietly, while we explain everything, and tell them exactly how it’s to be done. It doesn’t have to be that way. Students are curious by nature, we just need to provide opportunities for them to be curious. They are amazing problem solvers when given the opportunity to create rather than consume informa...

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Critical Engagement with Material When Designing a HyperDoc

There is more to lesson planning than learning objectives and assessment. There is more to HyperDoc digital lesson design than choosing the right tools, colors, images, and packaging. A designer carefully crafts a lesson for the students in their class, but specific design decisions can have an impact on whether or not the lesson delivery addresses bias. During the delivery of a lesson, students have conversations. But what do they say? During the delivery of a lesson, students ...

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After ISTE19 Reflections and Resources

We are fortunate to be a team of three. And it’s not often that we get a chance to present together. Although we all work in the same school district, it can be tough to find the time to gather. Miraculously, we made it across the country together in Philly for our first-ever ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. Before this year, we have been clinging to the #NotAtISTE hashtag in hopes of learning along with the many other educators who could n...

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A HyperDoc Is Not A WebQuest

Words matter, and in a day and age where information is streaming through our timelines faster than we can keep up, figuring out what words mean can be challenging. In defining new terms, it helps to understand the history and context of the term HyperDocs, in relation to the term WebQuest. In 2013, many districts in our area began purchasing Chromebooks for the annual state tests. We were finally getting a larger number of devices on our campuses. As teachers excited about using tec...

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