Effective Classroom Instruction Using Tech: Providing Recognition

10 Apr

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Eight years ago, the authors Pitler, Kuhn and Malenoski1 took the eleven essential instructional strategies that were identified originally by Marzano, Pickering and Pollock2. 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 is the third of a series of 11 posts on this topic.

Essential Instructional Strategy #3

In providing recognition teachers focus on giving students rewards or praise for accomplishments related to the attainment of a goal which then positively influences student attitudes and accomplishments. Technology allows teachers to create personalized and group recognition with postings found within the classroom as well as online.

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.

  • Have an online area (blog/wiki) where students can post their product, have peer evaluations and global comments. In my school division we encourage all teachers to use their classroom blog as a place where classroom learning is shared, students are connected with each other and resources/information is readily available for parents. As well, all of our students have their own showcase blog hosted by edublogs. Their everyday learning is housed in their Google Drive.
  • Create certificates such as EdWorld, MWord, BigHugeLabs and GoogleDocs.
  • Showcase student work in an online gallery like the Jordan District Elementary Film Festival. This can easily be set up in Google Sites, a Wikispace or on a Blog.

Have students communicate with peers and professionals in an authentic manner with videoconferencing (VC unit, GoogleHangouts, Skype).



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.



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