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HyperDocs – Add the 4 C’s

What is and is not a Hyperdoc? This article by guest blogger Lisa Highfill helps you determine the difference. Hyperdocs have all 4 of the C's and are inquiry based.
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HyperDocs – Add the 4 C’s

Hyperdocs Guest blog post by Lisa Highfill. HyperDocs are digital lessons that you give to students for engaging, inquiry-based learning; but beware, they can easily be a digital worksheet depending on the lesson design and content you include.

hyperdocs throw in the 4 Cs
HyperDocs Are More Than A Digital Worksheet

It is important to remember that when exploring HyperDocs online, often the intent and lesson design is hidden in the teacher’s blended learning delivery. We are not aware of what has occurred in a classroom before, during, or after a lesson. The key to a powerful HyperDoc that will transform learning for your students is your own evaluation. Try the following steps to ensure your lessons are more than a collection of links.

Evaluate your HyperDoc!

Is this a HyperDoc or a digital worksheet? Ask yourself the following:

cycles of learning
1. Is your HyperDoc based on a specific lesson design?

Shifting from the explain, apply, assess cycle of learning to explore, explain, apply model is a first step in moving from a lecture-based classroom to one which values inquiry learning.


Hyperdocs website logo with search lessons button and design lessons button.

Check out Teachers Give Teachers for samples to help you with the Hyperdoc structure.

2. Did you include the 4 C’s in your lesson?

Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creation?

3. What level of critical thinking and technology did you integrate?

Is this a simple recall task or does this push your student’s thinking? Is it substitution or is the technology used to transform the learning?

HyperDoc Evaluation Checklist

Check to see where your HyperDoc falls on the checklist which incorporates the ISTE Standards, SAMR, and DOK levels.

reflect tool
For more information, explore the HyperDoc website or purchase the HyperDoc Handbook which is full of examples not only showcasing the lesson design, but also modeling how each lesson incorporates ISTE Standards, DOK levels, SAMR levels, and the four C’s.

Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill is the co-author of “The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps” available on Amazon.

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A choice board is NOT a Hyperdoc. A Google Doc or Google Slides with links is NOT a Hyperdoc. However, this Add-on by Alice Keeler MAY help you with creating a Hyperdoc in Google Slides. It collects NO user data and NO PII. In Google Slides create text boxes or shapes on the first slide. Use the Add-on menu to automatically create hyperlinks for each shape or text box to a new slide. Those slides link back to the table of contents. Learn more about Hyperlink Slides Choice Board here.

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