Over the past few weeks, Jason C. and I have been writing about how to find and understand evidence-based practices for the classroom. Especially when considering the application of technology during instruction, the reality is that it is impossible for researchers to keep pace with innovation (I originally discussed that phenomenon briefly here). With that in mind, what are we to do?
Ooops! Yesterday, we accidentally sent out a repeat of last week’s post. I know you were as shocked as we were to receive information that was a week old! So the cat is out of the bag, we are officially knocking the dust off the old blog to improve, expand, and enhance what we do. I hope that (unintentionally) we’ve built some anticipation about what may happen next. Over the next few months, we have some exciting things in store. So until we get all our ducks in a row, please overlook our imperfections and jump straight to the incredible content that we have always delivered.
In the pursuit of research to support and inform our work, finding relevant material is the first hurdle to clear. Jason C. tackled this task through sharing practical suggestions on how to use Google Scholar to locate this research. Once you start digging through search results, it can be pretty overwhelming trying to determine what is good and what is not. There are a few things to know when combing through your search results.
In the first post of the new year this blog discussed the importance of ensuring that technology and strategies used in classrooms are based on research. While research doesn’t always keep up with the latest technology, it is still necessary to know what works and modify it as needed to fit your setting.
So where do you find research? While several options exist, including professional development opportunities or academic libraries you may have access to, one of the most exhaustive resources available is Google Scholar. In this post I will share what Google Scholar is and some tips to help with its navigation.
Last week Jason C. shared 5 great examples of web-based graphic organizers that you can use with your learners. With those tools in mind, here is another great instructional strategy using a graphic organizer that you can use to help your learners:
- recall key information
- understand the relationship between the main ideas and associated details
- summarize the main idea of the passage
In last week’s post I discussed the importance of graphic organizer strategies and provided one specific strategy called “List – Group – Label” that I’ve used often in a variety of content areas. The purpose of this post is to take a closer look at a few graphic organizer tools that can be used with those strategies.
Over the last couple of weeks Jason G has done an excellent job of explaining the lens we look through when providing assistance to others. In his first post of the new year he discussed the three components that almost every post we share will revolve around: Technology, Strategy and Research.
Today’s post is going to focus on the strategy piece that accompanies Graphic Organizers. If you aren’t familiar with Graphic Organizers, they are basically a way to demonstrate knowledge, or communicate information in a visual way.
One of my committee chairs in grad school was an incredible innovator in developing and evaluating instructional practices for diverse learners. One day he began (once again) talking about the importance of implementing with fidelity (aka doing the procedure correctly) educational practices validated in the literature. Then he asked a very important question, “does research drive practice, or practice drive research?”.
In closing out 2013, Jason C and I spent time reflecting on the driving themes behind our work. We wanted to capture the essential components of everything we do from webinars to workshops, keynotes to publications. There is no surprise in what we found about our pursuit of student achievement. It is still the same today, as it was in the beginning.
To wrap things up for the year I decided to list the top 5 posts from 2013 (according to Google). While many of us are in New Year’s resolution mode, this could serve as an opportunity to choose a strategy or tool that others have found useful and plan to give it a try in 2014. For those of you that have subscribed, or checked in every week to read our posts, we truly appreciate it. You are the reason we continue to make posts each week. If you would like to see more or less of something in the new year please leave a comment and let us know.