I began implementing the use of hyperdocs as a way of utilizing our one-to-one computer initiative in a better way. For the most part I have been pleased with the progress my students have made in problem solving, communicating, and working independently but with these successes have come many questions.
- This is an ELA class; are the students reading enough?
- Despite the fact that I spend a large amount of time creating these resources, am I being left out of the instructional quotient too much?
- How can I achieve a balance of the use of hyperdocs and face-to-face explicit instruction?
- What about those students who just refuse to do the activities?
Well, here is where my thinking is today (note: It can change!). I have included multiple texts in a variety of genres in the hyperdocs. I have given tools to them that allow the text to be read aloud if necessary. I have created hyperdocs that work with online texts as well as the novels and books we use in class.
I have had students who complain that they don’t understand but I have included screencasts of me explaining material and strategies. I have pulled out small groups to go over areas of concern. I have moved students beside of me so I can quickly guide them to the next step.
The balance question is one that I really struggle with. I have been allowing the subject matter to dictate whether the students would be better served by a hyperdoc or face-to-face explicit instruction.
This has been an unusual year in that I have a high number of students who refuse to do classwork. For the most part I am allowing students to make poor choices. I have contacted and worked with each of their parents but when the parents themselves accept the regular “Fs” and do nothing to encourage students to complete the work, then I am not sure I have any way to counter this with a positive outcome.
I plan to continue to use hyperdocs as I believe they are great way to implement problem solving and communication as well as creativity. BUT I will also continue to reflect and work to find ways to make instruction more effective.
One of my latest efforts. Elie in Auschwitz-26a7e1h