Five Ways Students See Technology in School

From @TeachThought

The term “technology” is vague. In the right context, an arrowhead on the edge of a spear is technology.

How learners view technology is often very different than how educators see it–the former often seeing it in terms of social function, the latter in terms of logistics and teaching. The following infographic explores data points for how college undergraduate students see and value technology in the classroom.

Five Ways Students Use–And See!–Technology In The Classroom

1. By Device: smartphones, eReaders, tablets, etc.

2. Through Brands: Apple, Android, Nook, relevant apps, etc.

3. Via Mobile Function: accessing coursework, checking grades, etc.

4. To Access Learning Environments: eLearning, blended environments, formal and informal, etc.

5. For Constant Communication: with peers, with teachers, with institutions, etc.

Infographic attribution bachelorsdegreeonline; image attribution flickr user usnavalwarcollege
Infographic attribution bachelorsdegreeonline; image attribution flickr user usnavalwarcollege

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Marzano’s 9 Instructional Strategies In Infographic Form

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This is useful for us this year

In education, louder than the call for innovation, engagement, thought, or self-direction is the call to be research-based.

In fact, being research-based may even trump being data-based, the two twins of modern ed reform. The former stems, in part, from deserved skepticism of trends that have little evidence of performance, and the latter comes from a similar place. The big idea behind the both is “proof”–having some kind of confidence that what we’re doing now works, and that because of both data and research, we can more or less nail down what exactly it is that we’re doing that works or doesn’t work, and why.

To be clear, being data or research-based isn’t anywhere close to fool-proof. So many of the modern trends and innovations that are “not grounded in research,” or don’t “have the data to support them” suffer here not because of a lack of possibility, potential, or design, but because of research and data itself being sluggish in their own study and performance.

But this is all way, way beside the point–a long-winded contextualizing for Robert Marzano’s work. Marzano is known for, above all else, identifying “what works,” and doing so by reviewing and distilling research, then packaging it for schools and districts to use. Among his most frequently quoted “products” is the “Marzano 9″–9 instructional strategies that have been proven by research to “work” by yielding gains in student achievement.

And so Dr. Kimberly Tyson thought to gather these nine instructional strategies into infographic form because like moths to a flame, teachers to infographics.

Marzano’s 9 Instructional Strategies 

  1. Identifying similarities and differences
  2. Summarizing and note taking
  3. Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
  4. Homework and practice
  5. Non-linguistic representations
  6. Cooperative learning
  7. Setting objectives and providing feedback
  8. Generating and testing hypotheses
  9. Cues, questions, and advance organizers