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Web 2.0 That Works -- TCEA 2012 - Wednesday, 2-8-2011, Room: Web 2.0 Lounge

Twitter Hashtag: #W2TW12

Full Session Description

This Classroom Instruction That Works "Cool Tools" session focuses on how we can integrate Web 2.0 tools with research-based effective instructional practices identified by Marzano's meta-research. Come explore tools that support effective instruction while making learning fun and engaging for all students. We will explore one or two web-based tools for each "category" of CITW and classroom examples will be provided for each tool.


  • To understand how digital tools are a component of effective classroom instruction in the 21st Century classroom.
  • To explore (hands-on) a few Web 2.0 tools that align with some of the categories of effective instruction identified in Classroom Instruction That Works.



Classroom Instruction That Works Background Information

Classroom Instruction That Works is a collection of effective strategies culled from a meta-analysis of decades of research on what works in classrooms to improve student learning and increase student achievement. This meta-analysis was conducted by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. They combined these effective strategies into nine broad categories:

Web 2.0 That Works -- original wiki

My personal "Swiss Army Knife" of Digital Tools:
- Wikispaces
- Google Docs/Apps
- Evernote
- Dropbox

With the exception of editing Google Docs, all of my "Swiss Army Knife" tools are accessible on my laptop, iPad, and iPhone.

Wikispaces and Google Docs allow me to create and share collaborative content with others.
Evernote is my "digital Trapper Keeper" (and when I say that I see the image of the original Trapper Keeper in my mind -- showing my age!)
Dropbox is simply one more essential tool for saving and sharing docs across all of my devices - I'm starting to download email attachments directly into Dropbox now

What about Apps?

My list:
  • Voicethread
  • Explain Everything - screen capture
  • Educreations - screen capture
  • Screenchomp - screen capture with annotation
  • Livebinders
  • Diigo
  • Avid Studio - video editing
  • Sketchbook - drawing
  • Art Set - drawing
  • Popplet Lite - collaborative mind mapping/organizer
  • iBrainstorm - mind mapping/organizers

Hot Apps 4 HOTS -
TCEA Recommended iPad Apps -

Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback

Explore and refine ojectives using KWHL using Google Forms -

Create a form for students to fill out:
Then post the results publicly for group review:

SIOP Objectives

  • Content objectives - Identify what students should know and be able to do. They must guide teaching and learning.
  • Language objectives - Cover a range from process-oriented to performance-oriented tasks. They develop receptive (listening, reading) and productive (Speaking and writing) skills. -- THIS SHOULD INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY
  • Resource for difference between objectives: http://edequity.washk12.org/esl/siop-i/siop-objectives/

-- Objectives Rewrite Activity - http://meetingwords.com/objectives --
Visit the link above and post your ideas on how to rewrite the posted objective.

Other Web 2.0 Tools for Providing Feedback

Identifying Similarities and Differences

Summarizing and Note-Taking

Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition

Homework and Practice

Nonlinguistic Representation

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Cooperative Learning

  • Shared bookmarking with Delicious.com or Diigo.com or Evernote.com -- delicious = easier, diigo = more complex, more features
  • Wikis-- very versatile tool for students to work on cooperative teams/groups
  • Thinkbinder - http://thinkbinder.com/ - study group environment, seamless communication & collaboration

Generating and Testing Hypotheses

Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers

  • Blogs-- wordpress, edublogs
    • One of the best tools for generating/facilitating engaging Discussion Questions
  • Bubbl.us
    • Concept mapping

Digital Tools That Work - My Diigo List

eTools That Work


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