Hyperdocs making Group Projects: Accountable and Creative

If you don’t know what a Hyperdoc is.. Hi, STOP! Go read Karly Moura’s blog because it’s pure gold on Hyperdocs. Then go look at my Hyperdoc home page and read some ideas of what could go into Hyperdocs.

Now, you may have thought, Hyperdocs are great individually paced differentiated learning tools, you would be correct. But they are also WONDERFULLY packaged group  projects that hold students accountable for completing work before they meet with the group and track student progress throughout the time. Let me show you what I mean…

For a longer group project Hyperdoc I always start out students with an individual section they must complete before they get into their groups. This ensures that students are not taking advantage of what the group has to offer and no one is exploited into doing all of the work from the beginning. This forces students to bring content and knowledge into their group and has resulted in MUCH better conversation and ideas from the get go. So here is an example of what an individual section of a Hyperdoc may appear as…

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(images would link to sites and Reform Movements would link to a pdf on some major reformers)

While this may appear very simple, many teachers want to get students started SO quickly in group work and activities that they skip students forming knowledge for themselves at their own pace. This is SUCH an important part of the process and students need this time to develop their own understanding before they can get into a group and start taking it into deeper levels of thinking forming opinions and creating with that content.

Step two of many of my group Hyperdocs is to get students into groups based on choice. I often will create a Google Form that is linked to the Hyperdoc that asks them to focus on one topic that they would like to study further and students are grouped that way. In the example below students are already put into groups/partners and are just selecting their choices on the form.

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Now that students have had some choice in the matter it’s time to use group time effectively. Students already have a foundation from their individual content or research done, but as a group they will build upon that knowledge now that they have a specific topic chosen. I always provide new group directions in a Hyperdoc that group members will go over before they divvy up work so that they have clear direction of what to do as a group. I will usually post this as a link to a Google Doc embedded into the Hyperdoc.

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Just because students are in a group doesn’t mean that they don’t still need individual responsibilities still. In those group directions or new group document I always make sure students have their own copy and must complete and turn in that document to make sure every student is accountable! This is especially during the planning process if students are creating something. 

Now this is the time in the project where students have researched as a group and have all of the content down and need to take it to a higher Bloom’s Taxonomy Level of learning. Students will then work as a group to create something (in this lesson it is a Public Service Announcement on a reformer, in another lesson it may be a timeline of a war in story format). Whatever it is, this is the time where you need to give the group choice in how they create what they create. Examples are DEFINITELY necessary, so make or borrow some already created ones and have the whole group watch and critique those. 

List LOTS of different applications or websites groups can use to create what they would like. I usually give them 5 options as to not overwhelm and have one option be other so if they would like to explore further they may. Usually I do it in this format so that students can just click on the pictures that are embedded links to try it all out before they create!

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Then they create something amazing and they work forever long at school and home and ta-da amazing group project. Anywho, hope this helped. I love Hyperdocs, I love ditching the textbook and designing authentic learning activities like this! Hope this helps.


3 thoughts on “Hyperdocs making Group Projects: Accountable and Creative

  1. Kelly Hilton says:

    Great post Kendra! I love how you clearly walk through the steps of good teaching embedded within the design and delivery of your HyperDoc. Students have so many options to think critically about the topics they choose, their responsibility to the group, and which web tools will best make their learning visible. You are empowering students with so much voice and choice! When you can, I’d love to see some examples of what they created. Thank you so much for sharing!


    • tylerhistorynerd says:

      Thank you Kelly! I’ve done projects like this before, but the sample group project I posted above will be done next week so I will post some student work samples when they are finished. I can’t wait to see what they make!


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