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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, engaging, and empoering 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.


  • Understand & Explore: The alignment of some tools with the categories of effective instruction identified in Classroom Instruction That Works

Wikis for School Leaders by Stephanie Sandifer available at Eye on Education.  Click image above for more information and code for purchase discount.
Wikis for School Leaders by Stephanie Sandifer available at Eye on Education. Click image above for more information and code for purchase discount.

Cheat Sheet for Interactive


Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works.  Click image for more information.
Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. Click image for more information.

Classroom Instruction That Works Background Information -- See this page for additional 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

More Resources:

McREL's Google doc that lists apps by strategy:
Diigo list - resources and tagged by strategy:

Transformative Technology Integration Resources

TPACK & SAMR Together

Thinking More Deeply About TPACK & SAMR

Self - Reflection on the SAMR model
Think about your lesson today or a lesson that you will do in the near future. If you could use a technology tool to further the learning of your student what would it look like, sound like, feel like for the student and for you. When and how could you move that lesson to the next level of learning?

When a student
does it - it looks

When I do it as
a teacher -
it looks like?

Lesson Idea:

Self Reflection:

How comfortable am I with pushing the student's learning to a higher level on the SAMR model?
What obstacles might there be for me and for my student? How can these be overcome or negated?
Am I open to let the students drive their learning journey? Why is this the case?
What would success look like for the student and for me as we work together to move up levels in the SAMR model?

Resources on Connected, Blended, and Flipped Learning

Blended Learning

Research Findings:

Connected Learning & Connected Educators

Flipped Classroom & Flipped Learning


Beyond Flipped, Blended, Connected

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

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!) Here's a great Evernote Guide for Educators.
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 (UPDATE: I now use both Dropbox and Google Drive for clous storage and access.)

Google Docs and iPad/iPhone -- no, editing is not consistent but I can do it sometimes. I just heard today that the "issue" should be fixed by the end of this year -- so hang in there!

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 (Higher Order Thinking Skills)-
TCEA Recommended iPad Apps -

Tools That Fit ALL Categories

Screencast-o-matic - - -
iMovie -
Educreations -

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:

-- Objectives Rewrite Activity - --
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

Generating and Testing Hypotheses

Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers

  • Blogs-- wordpress, edublogs
    • One of the best tools for generating/facilitating engaging Discussion Questions
  • - Concept mapping
  • Mindmeister - - Concept Mapping
  • SpiderScribe - - same as above
  • Popplet, Mind42, Gliffy, Mindomo -- same as above... There are tons of these kinds of apps online...

Create your own mind maps at MindMeister

Digital Tools That Work - My Diigo List

eTools That Work

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