1. Determine Your Learning Objectives

What do you want your students to learn?

2. Select Which Template You Will Use

For the sake of this class, I want you to design a lesson from scratch. Just know that there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of HyperDocs out there on the web that you can use and modify to fit your needs. I rarely design from scratch. We will discuss later how to find them.

Do you want to package your HyperDoc in a Google Doc, Slide, Drawing, Sheet or Site? I recommend Docs for those that aren't proficient in the use of Google Apps. It's a great place to start.

Shared Folder of HyperDoc Learning Cycle Templates

*STOP* Share your lesson with me so I can help you if you have questions. Click on the blue share button and type my name or email address: Laura Moore, lmoore4@neisd.net

3. Design Your HyperDoc

The hardest, most time consuming part of lesson design if finding the content your want your students to interact with in a HyperDoc. Here's a nifty resource that includes links to tools/resources of each stage of the learning cycle: Ed Tech Tools for HyperDocs

I also have this page, Interactive Content and Multimedia. I know...it's a lot. Don't get overwhelmed.

For demonstration purposes, the following video tutorials will be modeling a Google Doc template. Please know that you do not have to have each component below included in your HyperDoc. If I teach Kinder, I may choose 3 to include in a lesson. If I know I only have 45 minutes in the lab with my students, I may choose 4. You are the designer, and HyperDocs are flexible.

Engage: Capture their attention while building background knowledge using videos, podcasts, or interactive images. Engage is where you clearly label your expectations to add structure and accountability to your HyperDoc. Pg. 58 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

  • Quizzlet
  • YouTube Videos ( Make sure you click on approve)

Explore: Offer students time to more thoroughly explore a topic by providing them with resources that promote thought and ignite curiosity. In fact, you may even consider adding a section to your HyperDoc where students can share their newly discovered resources with one another. Pg. 64 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

  • Virtual Manipulatives
  • Discovery Education (Make sure they login to Launchpad)
  • Maps and Timelines

Explain: Now that students are engaged and have had a chance to explore, it's time for the direct instruction. In this stage of the learning cycle, you can embed your direct instruction in more creative and engaging ways by including instructional videos, online articles, blog posts, or a web-based application. This section allows students to revisit the content as many times as needed. Pg. 69 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

  • Discovery Education (Make sure they login to Launchpad)
  • YouTube (Approve videos for NEISD)
  • Newsela or any other online text
  • NEISD Library Portal

Apply: We often view learning as only taking place during the instructional portion of our lesson, deeper levels of syntheses actually occur during the apply phase. This is when students take the knowledge they've acquired and use it to create something. Be sure to include learning opportunities that will encourage your students to develop their independent and critical thinking as well as problem-solving skills. TIP: Make sure to build in time to teach a new tech tool to your students before you ask them to created something with it for an assessment. Pg. 81 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

Share: As you design your HyperDoc, think about how your students will share their final products. If you opt for transformational sharing, students receive feedback from an audience that goes beyond their classmates, teachers, and parents and includes the public. This elevates the sharing experience and gives students a purpose and real audience, which increases the quality of work they turn in. Pg 86 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

  • Padlet
  • SeeSaw
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Forms
  • Comments feature in Google Apps


Reflect: "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience," said John Dewey. After challenging students to explore, create, and communicate ideas in a HyperDoc, give them an opportunity to reflect on what they've learned, to evaluate their work using rubrics and checklists, and to set new learning goals. Pg. 95 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:


Extend: When we work with diverse groups of students with varying interest, achievement levels, and pacing needs, we often struggle to keep all of our students cognitively engaged. Provide additional online content that will expand on the topic, thus providing you the freedom to work one-on-one with those students who need a little more time or support. Pg. 103 - The HyperDoc Handbook

Suggestions for Content:

  • Interactive Websites that allow for practice


4. Determine Your Workflow

How are students going to access your HyperDoc? How will you interact with students and provide feedback DURING the learning process? How will you collect your students' thoughts, work or products?

  • Google Classroom (By far the easiest)
  • Using the Share Feature in Google (This will inundate your email inbox. I prefer Google Classroom)
  • Use the comments feature in Google Apps to provide feedback DURING the learning process. What's the point of giving feedback after you have given them a grade? Give them an opportunity to correct misconceptions BEFORE they turn it in.
  • Rock the Lab (Elementary Only) There are many HyperDocs on Rock the Lab. When students click on the image, it forces them to make a copy. After completion, they just click on the share button and type in your name. It will email their HyperDoc to you so you can grade it.