5 Reasons to use OneNote to Create Hyperdocs

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Recently, Jenallee was honored to have Lisa Highfill and Holly Clark on The Jenallee Show! Lisa is one of the creators of Hyperdocs and Holly is extremely knowledgeable about how to implement these amazing teaching tools into the classroom. 

We had heard of Hyperdocs, but had never used them. We are embarrassed to say this now… but we honestly just thought Hyperdocs were documents with links in them. Boy were we wrong! We learned so much about Hyperdocs from Lisa and Holly. 

What are Hyperdocs?

  • Hyperdocs offer the teacher and the students the ability to go through the lesson cycle. Each part of the lesson is built right into the document. It can be a one day lesson, a unit, or a project lesson built out over time.
  • Hyperdocs serve as one central location filled with information for each part of the lesson. 
  • Hyperdocs are not just links. They are lessons that connect background knowledge in the engage section and formative assessment in the explore section. They also consist of direct teaching addressing formative assessment results, authentic application, and evaluation. 

Learn More about Hyperdocs

Head to https://hyperdocs.co/ and sign up today for FREE to take courses, receive templates, and so much more! 

Jenallee's Aha Moment 🤯

We can’t think of a better application to create Hyperdocs in than OneNote! Now… you might be saying “Oh Jenallee, OneNote is your favorite app, that’s why you want to create Hyperdocs in OneNote”. This is a true statement, however, we have 5 really good reasons WHY you should create OneNote Hyperdocs! 

#1 Hyperdoc Structure

One of the best things about OneNote is the layout! We love that the sections are aligned across the side or top (depending on what version you are using) and the pages are easily seen. 

How does this work with Hyperdocs? One way to set it up would be to make each section a part of the lesson cycle. The pages allow you to customize the learning experience within each section. 

#2 Embedded Content

One of the best benefits to using OneNote is that it embeds a ton of different programs and content. Some of our favorites include: Buncee, Genially, Flipgrid, YouTube, and more! The benefit to using this with a Hyperdoc is that students do not have to leave OneNote to explore or view content. Students are able to stay in OneNote to learn! This means less clicks and less confusion, especially for the younger students. OneNote makes it easy to share the site as well.  You can place the link on your website, connect within Teams, send through Remind, or create a QR code, etc. Students can also view the lesson as a website or assignment in Teams. 

How to Embed Content

  1. Copy the share link of the content
  2. Paste the link in OneNote
  3. Your content is now embedded

#3 Add to Microsoft Teams

There are a few different ways you can add a OneNote Hyperdoc to Teams: 

  • Assignments
  • Class Notebook
  • Website
We like adding it as a website in a channel created for the unit of study. This gives you the ability to create a OneNote for each lesson cycle, and customizing the channel to fit the lesson. This means that you can create a top tab for discussions, collaborative PowerPoints, the Hyperdoc lesson and other resources that you may want to include in your lesson. 

How to Add to Teams:

  1. Create a channel for the unit by clicking the three dots by the name of the Team
  2. Click add new channel
  3. Name the channel
  4. Click the plus button on the top tab in the We Space
  5. Add a Website
  6. Paste the link to the OneNote
  7. Rename the content tab

#4 Visually Engaging

When creating digital content for our students it is important that we provide content that is visually engaging. Why? We want to encourage our students to drive their learning. Part of that is looking at content, reading content, and assessing content. If you’re like us, when you go to a website that is all text or visually unappealing, you quickly change sites and look elsewhere. Our students do the same thing. They don’t want to learn from content that is not appealing. Building an online environment that is engaging is just as important as building a physical classroom environment that is inviting. 

OneNote makes this simple! With the ability to format easily, add images, videos, and embed content, OneNote makes it easy to create content for our students that is engaging. Just check out how Buncee and Genially embed with ease and beauty into OneNote! 


#5 Accessibility Tools

Not only can you add content that is inviting, students can interact with the content with Immersive Reader, draw tools, and dictation. As educators, we want all students to be able to access and interact with the content in a way that best fits them and allows them to learn. OneNote is by far the best tool we have found to support all students. Text can be read and or translated to them with Immersive reader. Students can take notes and interact with the content with the draw tool, and if students need to type they can manually type or use dictation! 💥Boom 💥 Students can drive their own learning and access the content the way that best fits them in this online learning environment! Differentiation at its best! 🤯

We hope this blog post was helpful as you look at how you can utilize Hyperdocs and technology in your classroom. Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment! 💬

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Jeni Long and Sallee Clark are Instructional Technologists with Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD. This dynamic duo, known as #Jenallee, is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! Between the two of them, they have presented across the 26 schools in their district, at their Regional Education Service Center, FETC, TCEA, TCEA for Tots, & Central America. They are both MIE Experts, MIE Trainers, Ed to the Max Consultants, and Flipgrid Ambassadors. Jeni has served in education for 20 years as a 6th grade Math Teacher, 7-12 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist and a Science Curriculum Specialist. Sallee has served in education for 14 years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Elementary Librarian, K-12 District Librarian, & Instructional Technologist.


Heather OBrien · July 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm

When I make my OneNote HyperDocs I do all 3 Explore, Explain and Apply all on one OneNote Page inside the Class Notebook. Often I have linked to other OneNote pages in the lesson. I am curious in your structure is this all done in a different notebook then the class notebook? We do not use Teams as our LMS, instead my college uses Blackboard.

    TheJenalleeShow · July 21, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Hi Heather! Thank you for the comment. For our example, we actually just used one OneNote and used different sections and pages. We think linking to different pages like you mentioned is a great idea. Please let us know if you have additional questions. You can also still share a link in Blackboard as we do in Teams.

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