What are hyperdocs and how can they be used in the classroom?

HyperDocs are the creation of Sarah Landis and Lisa Highfill – expert educators. Hyperdocs sound complicated but they really aren’t. HyperDocs are basically online documents but rich in hyperlinks to other documents, images, websites, text and video.  They have been described as interactive worksheets. How are they different to document with hyperlinks? Look at this …

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Pokemon Data Handling: A Photo Essay

Getting inspiration from the brilliant Adam Hill, I recently used Pokemon as a stimulus for a data handling unit in mathematics. It was the perfect topic because the pupils love the game and there is so much information available to collect and interpret. Leaving the task fairly open, my class could choose to survey the class …

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Want to add some excitement to handwriting lessons? Make some GIFs!

I was racking my brains for ways to make handwriting lessons more fun.  One of my students came up with the genius idea to film the process.  This led me to think about creating GIFs. What is a GIF? A GIF is basically a series of images, combined into one and played quickly so it …

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A great lesson idea: Go on a Google Hunt!

Recently, as part of our maths unit on shape, my class went on a Google hunt! We were studying quadrilaterals and after teaching them the definition of each one, they had to find real life examples on Google. Here are some they found: Finally, I asked the pupils to post the results on Google Classroom, …

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How To Document A Science Investigation Using Google Keep.

Recently, my class did a science experiment, where we explored how rain falls.  In short, you put shaving foam (the cloud) on top of a cup of water and drop food colouring onto it.  When the cloud gets full, it begins to 'rain' the food colouring. Have a look at a video we took: How …

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Reluctant writers in your class? Engage them with Pokemon character reports.

I recently came across this amazing art on BoredPanda.  It is an artist's vision of the anatomy of different Pokemon characters.  Here is an example: This inspired me to set a homework challenge for my students to create their own Pokemon character non-chronological reports. I hoped it would engage them! Here is the template I …

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An exciting lesson exploring GPS and geo-tagging.

As part of our ICT curriculum, we cover the global positioning system (GPS) and geo-tagging.  In simple terms, these are markers of the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of where you are in the world. How do you find out your current GPS coordinates? You can either download a specialized app e.g. Free GPS, GPS Status …

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