Eight years ago, the authors Pitler, Kuhn and Malenoski took the eleven essential instructional strategies that were identified originally by Marzano, Pickering and Pollock. 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 fourth of a series of 11 posts on this topic.
Essential Instructional Strategy #4
In cues, questions and advance organizers teachers focus on enhancing students’ ability to retrieve, use and organize information about a topic/subject area. Technology allows students and teachers to gather various online resources to compare, contrast and develop some background knowledge.
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.
- AB Ed Online Social St Resources focus on higher level and essential teaching and learning strategies.
- Applying Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.
- Create advance organizers, whether expository, narrative, or graphic.
- Use mindmaps to create a story map or timeline (SMART Lesson Activity toolkit, Inspiration, Kidspiration, Bubbl.us, Gliffy, Exploratree, Text2MindMap. Read&Write Gold Fact Mapper, AnswerGarden, Polleverywhere, GoogleDocs).
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.