Eight years ago, the authors Pitler, Kuhn and Malenoski took the eleven essential instructional strategies that were identified originally by Marzano, Pickering and Pollock and integrated technology with each. These essential instructional strategies allow teachers to then use them purposefully to steadily improve student learning. In this digital age of learning and in considerations of this research, I have included not only an outline of how technology could be used to complement and enhance these teaching strategies but also specific technology tools/resources.
This will be a series of 11 posts on this topic.
Essential Instructional Strategy #1
In setting objectives teachers focus on establishing a direction for student learning. Technology can engage and enhance the goal-setting process by providing:
- Organization tools
- Communication tools
- Clarity for teachers, students and parents.
Within the learning environment, various resources may be used. Below is a complementary list of actions and ideas, but by no means is it an exhaustive list. Please add your ideas in the comments section if you like.
- Set specific, but flexible goals which can be posted on a blog (edublogs, blogger) or sent in an e-mail.
- Use KWHL charts to identify knowledge and personalize goals with GoogleDocs, MicrosoftWord, Zoho,Titanpad.
- Brainstorming with Inspiration, Kidspiration, Bubbl.us, Gliffy, Exploratree, Text2MindMap. Read&Write Gold Fact Mapper, AnswerGarden, Polleverywhere, GoogleDocs
- Collect data using Zoomerang, Poll Everywhere, Pollcat, Survey Monkey,GoogleForms, GoogleDocs, GoogleSheets, and Blogging platforms like edublogs, blogger.
- Set criteria – see the resources found at The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) in order to embed critical thinking where students learn to think and think to learn.
- Online rubrics found at LearnAlberta, BlackGoldSD, Landmark Project Rubric Machine, Kathy Schrock Guide for Rubrics
1 – Pitler, H., R., E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. Alexandria: ASCD.
2 – Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Also look at Dean, C.B., Hubbell, E.R., Pitler, H. & Stone, B.J. (2012). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, 2nd Edition. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.