Add Student Checklists to “HyperDrawings” Using Newly Integrated Google Keep

HyperDocs have been all the rage for the last couple years. My favorite G Suite tool for hyperDoc creation has always been Google Drawings. I create text boxes with opportunities for students to activate prior knowledge, engage, create, reflect, self-assess, and extend their learning within the margins or “gutter” outside of the canvas. However, there are so many steps in some of my hyperDocs that I have noticed students may accidentally skip part of their assignment. Alas, Google Keep came in to the rescue when it became fully integrated within Google Drawings!

Why Google Drawings for “HyperDocs”?

HyperDocs is the umbrella term for any tool within the G Suite Application that allows you to create inquiry-based, self-paced, differentiated student assignments. I really enjoy Google Drawings as it allows students to manipulate shapes and images in order to create a visual presentation. It also allows teachers to add video clips, directions in the margins or “gutter”, and Google Keep Notes. This really makes Google Keep a “one-stop-shop” for many of my activities.

Why Use Google Keep with HyperDrawings

Here’s an example of a hyperDrawing I created for students to learn about and create line-plots. Notice how Google Keep appears along-side the right margin. Immediately, I started integrating Google Keep as a simple way for students to track their progress as they complete their hyperDrawing. Students may check off each step or activity as it is completed. Once finished, students may then save their image as a JPG and upload their final product to the Google Keep Note. Finally, I can archive my feedback by creating hashtags for the assignments and student names.


Step 1: Create the checklist in Google Keep

Step 2: Label the student and assignment name

Step 3: Add the student as the collaborator

Step 4: The student opens Google Drawings and then goes to Tools-Google Keep

Step 5: The student checks off tasks and assignments as they are completed.

Step 6: The student saves their Google Drawing as a JPEG and then uploads the image to the Google Keep Note.

Step 7: The teacher provides feedback and archives the notes.

In Summary

There are so many innovative and amazing ways to use Google Keep. Sometimes you just need to use the tool for what it was originally created for…….a task list 🙂

Do your students use a checklist while completing hyperDocs?

HyperDocs 101: Transforming Your Google Docs

What is a HyperDoc?

HyperDocs have been all the rage over the last year. Educators have discovered that there are more ways to use Google Docs than just using the fabulous collaborative tools such as the Comments and Suggestions tools. HyperDocs help teachers transform their learning into blended learning environments. They are engaging, collaborative and inquiry-based. They are MORE than digital worksheets.

Example Template

Here is a template I created using Google Docs. Feel free to Make-a-Copy by clicking the image. My 5 main categories are:

  1. Activate prior knowledge: I really think it’s important to activate prior knowledge before beginning any activity and Vocaroo is a wonderful and quick way for students to record their thinking.
  2. Engage: Consider creating your own tutorial using EdPuzzle. Upload a video or teacher-created screencast and add questions to engage the audience while they watch. Or, find a nice video and add a link to YouTube, Khan Academy, BrainPOP or whatever resource you find engaging.
  3. Apply/Create: Here is where students would create something. Productivity and creativity is the key to HyperDoc engagement. Google Slides, Powtoon, Scratch, screencasting, Google Drawing,  WeVideo are all fabulous creation tools.
  4. Share: The great thing about HyperDocs is you still have the collaborative Google Doc tools such as Comments, Sharing and Suggestions available. I think it would be fabulous for students to share their work and offer feed-back to their peers. Then, you could add your own comments as well.
  5. Self-assess: It is important for students to self-assess their learning once they finish an assignment. Google Forms would be my favorite tools as you could archive the student data in a spreadsheet.  Or, post a link to your favorite rubric!

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More Great Resources 



Great Websites, Articles/infographics

HyperDoc Extravaganza Google Education on Air. What’s the Hype with HyperDocs? HyperDocs Explained
Example Templates Video: Extreme Pedagogy Makeover HyperDoc vs. Doc with Links
Substitute Plans HyperDoc Handbook Hyperdocs for Administrators

Can you use HyperDocs during your “coaching” lessons?

Here is an example HyperDoc that I use with teachers. The idea is for teachers to access the HyperDoc before we meet to preview the material and after to reflect and ask questions. I used Google Slides as I like how the videos will play within the document. Click to Make a Copy.

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Ways to Get Started

  1. Remix a pre-made HyperDoc:  (Checkout this Hyperdoc Extravaganza PadletDon’t reinvent the wheel. View other Hyperdocs and put your own spin on them. Just “Make a Copy” and edit!
  2. Use a Template: Start by using a template posted above. Add your own links and activities to personalize your HyperDoc. Example Templates
  3. Assess the effectiveness of your HyperDoc: Check out this HyperDoc Checklist 


Remember, you are not just creating a digital worksheet. HyperDocs should promote creativity too while reflecting on the needs of the students. HyperDocs should LOOK engaging because they ARE engaging! Students should enjoy the activities as they are learning while creating, collaborating, reflecting, and publishing.  


Give One- Take One at Teachers Give Teachers. And check out the great website from LLC. They have done an amazing job curating resources, many of which are linked to on this page.

Want to Remix this Info? HyperDoc 101: Google Doc of this Page to Share

What are your favorite HyperDoc resources?


St. Patrick’s Day Hyperdoc

Coaching Question: Do you have any fun and engaging resources for St. Patrick’s Day?

It seems like #hyperdocs are all the rage these days! Here is a fun and engaging resource to use with students in Grades 3-12. Disclaimer: You do need a subscription to BrainPOP to use this hyperdoc unless you change the video. Students will be watching the video and reading about St. Patrick’s Day in the FYI section below.

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What is a Hyperdoc?

Hyperdoc is a term used to describe an interactive Google Doc. By sharing a hyperdoc, students can experience resources such as links to websites, videos and tutorials. Usually, teachers include a task for students to create a presentation or organize a response to demonstrate their understanding. Hyperdocs are often self-paced and can be differentiated for all learners. Students could also collaborate and work on the hyperdoc together!

My hyperdoc includes activities to:

  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Engage
  • Apply/Create
  • Share

Access the St. Patrick’s Day Hyperdoc

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Click here to “Make a Copy” and put your own spin on this St. Patrick’s Day hyperdoc.

You can find some more templates at

Distributing to Your Students

There are many different ways to distribute this hyperdoc to your students.

My recommendations are:

  1. Google Classroom: Make a copy for each student.
  2. Seesaw: Push the copy out to all students. Make sure you set permissions as View-Only so they make a copy to publish on Seesaw when finished
  3. Click SHARE in Google Docs: and type in student emails
  4. Create a QR Code: Set as View-Only so students can Make a Copy to email you.

Do you have any hyperdocs you’d like to share? If so, post a link in the comments below.