Homework and Practice
From Web 2.0 That Works: Marzano & Web 2.0
Extend the learning opportunities for students to practice, review, and apply knowledge.
Enhance students' ability to reach the expected level of proficiency for a skill or process.
Generalizations From Research
- The amount of homework assigned to students should be different from elementary to high school.
- Parental involvement should be kept to a minimum.
- The purpose of homework should be identified and articulated.
- If homework is assigned, it should be commented on.
- Mastering a skill or a process requires focused practice.
- While practicing, students should adapt and shape what they have learned.
- Class Websites/Blogs/Wikis
- PowerPoint Jeopardy (Could be developed online)
Recommendations & Ideas
- Establish and communicate a homework policy
- Design homework assignments that clearly articulate the purpose and outcome
- Vary the approaches to providing feedback
- Ask students to chart their speed and accuracy
- Design practice that focuses on specific elements of a complex skill or process
- Plan time for students to increase their conceptual understanding of skills or processes
Information presented above in the definition is from McREL, and generalizations from research, and recommendations & ideas is from Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (ASCD)(Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, Jane E. Pollock).
Web 2.0 Connections
"Y" Under each category indicates that this tool can be used with this strategy.
"Free +" Indicates that the tool is free at the basic level, but that more advanced versions are available at a cost.
SD = Identifying Similarities and Differences CL = Cooperative Learning SNT = Summarizing and Note-Taking ER = Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition HP = Homework and Practice NR = Nonlinguistic Representation OF = Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback HYP = Generating and Testing Hypotheses QCO = Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers
|Exploratree||[]||Online Graphic Organizer||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Interactive, pre-made graphic organizers that can be edited online|
|MixedInk Collaborative Writing Tool||[]||Online Collaborative Writing||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Enable students to craft an essay collectively by remixing ideas & language and rating & commenting on different versions. The tool encourages cross-pollination of ideas through a number of unique features and automatically tracks authorship.|
|MediaWiki||[]||Open Source wiki software||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Wiki engine that powers [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia] as well as this wiki.|
|Notalon||[]||OpenSource Cornell Notes Software||Free||Y||Y||Download, Software specifically designed for taking notes "Cornell style"|
|Schoopy||[]||School & Classroom Websites||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Great for guest speakers|
|MeBeam||[]||Video Chat Rooms||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Great for guest speakers|
|Ustream||[]||Video Communications||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Great for guest speakers|
|Skype||[]||Voice & Video Communications||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Downloads to computer, great for guest speakers|
|iGoogle||[]||Online Personal Homepage||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Integrates with all Google tools|
|Netvibes||[]||Online Personal Homepage||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|del.icio.us||[]||Online Social Bookmarks||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|SuprGlu||[]||Online Tool Hub||Free||Y||Y||Y||Combine all of your online tools together in one place|
|Backpack||[]||Online Personal Organizer||Free +||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Basecamp||[]||Online Project Collaboration||Free +||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Ning||[]||Community Websites||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Can be used for a classroom website|
|EditGrid||[]||Online Spreadsheets||Free +||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Integrates with Facebook and iPhone|
|Diigo||[]||Online Social Annotation||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|iOutliner||[]||Online Project Organizer||Free||Y||Y||Y|
|Writeboard||[]||Online Collaborative Note-Taking||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Integrates with BackPack|
|stu.dicio.us||[]||Online Note-Taking||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Currently under redevelopment|
|pbWiki||[]||Wiki Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|YackPack||[]||Online voice Messaging||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Links directs to YackPack for Educators information|
|Ajax13||[]||Online Graphic Editor||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Requires Firefox 1.5 (or higher) Browser|
|SketchUp||[]||3D Drawing Software||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Integrates with Google Earth|
|Thinkature||[]||Online Collaboration & Whiteboard||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|ScanR||[]||Online Scanner, Copier, Fax from Phone or Digital Camera||Free +||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Zoho Wiki||[]||Wiki Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps|
|Zoho Writer||[]||Online Word Processor||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps|
|Zoho Sheet||[]||Online Spreadsheets||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps|
|Zoho Show||[]||Online Slideshow Presentations||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps|
|Zoho Notebook||[]||Online Notebook||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps|
|Google Presentations||[]||Online Slideshow Presentations||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Also contains Documents & Spreadsheets|
|Google SpreadSheets||[]||Online Spreadsheets||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Also contains Documents & Presentations|
|Google Documents||[]||Online Word Processor||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Also contains Spreadsheets & Presentations|
|WordPress||[]||Blog Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Technorati||[]||Blog Search Engine||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|EduBlogs||[]||Blog Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Blogger||[]||Blog Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wikispaces||[]||Wiki Hosting Website||Free||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
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Contributor: Jennifer Clark Evans
Students in my literature classes practice writing and reading skills by recording reading logs on their own personal blog pages. Others can access and leave comments on individual student entries. Because of the universal access to the blog, students take more ownership in completing homework assignments in a timely fashion and extending ideas presented in class into their homework time as well. By the end of the school year, each student has a year-long record of their reading and can easily review for the final exam, as well as reflect on the progress of their understandings throughout the year. American Literature British Literature study of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributor: Louise Maine Students will prepare portions of class assignments at home as homework and place on their individual wiki page. As a small group, they determine information to be placed on the group page in order to complete the assignment. Students are then challenged to review information found and be a contributor of information to the group. Students also place homework on the wiki for a continuing portfolio of their work. Students also blogged in a smaller degree this year but will be an increasingly used way to determine student understanding of the material next year.