Homework and Practice

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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

  1. The amount of homework assigned to students should be different from elementary to high school.
  2. Parental involvement should be kept to a minimum.
  3. The purpose of homework should be identified and articulated.
  4. If homework is assigned, it should be commented on.
  5. Mastering a skill or a process requires focused practice.
  6. While practicing, students should adapt and shape what they have learned.

Example Activities

  • Class Websites/Blogs/Wikis
  • PowerPoint Jeopardy (Could be developed online)

Recommendations & Ideas

  1. Establish and communicate a homework policy
  2. Design homework assignments that clearly articulate the purpose and outcome
  3. Vary the approaches to providing feedback
  4. Ask students to chart their speed and accuracy
  5. Design practice that focuses on specific elements of a complex skill or process
  6. 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.

Category Key:

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

Tool Link Desc Cost SD CL SNT ER HP NR OF HYP QCO Notes
Exploratree [[1]] Online Graphic Organizer Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Interactive, pre-made graphic organizers that can be edited online
MixedInk Collaborative Writing Tool [[2]] 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 [[3]] 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 [[4]] OpenSource Cornell Notes Software Free Y Y Download, Software specifically designed for taking notes "Cornell style"
Schoopy [[5]] School & Classroom Websites Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Great for guest speakers
MeBeam [[6]] Video Chat Rooms Free Y Y Y Y Great for guest speakers
Ustream [[7]] Video Communications Free Y Y Y Y Great for guest speakers
Skype [[8]] Voice & Video Communications Free Y Y Y Y Downloads to computer, great for guest speakers
iGoogle [[9]] Online Personal Homepage Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Integrates with all Google tools
Netvibes [[10]] Online Personal Homepage Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
del.icio.us [[11]] Online Social Bookmarks Free Y Y Y Y
Twitter [[12]] Online Messaging Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
SuprGlu [[13]] Online Tool Hub Free Y Y Y Combine all of your online tools together in one place
Backpack [[14]] Online Personal Organizer Free + Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Basecamp [[15]] Online Project Collaboration Free + Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Ning [[16]] Community Websites Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Can be used for a classroom website
EditGrid [[17]] Online Spreadsheets Free + Y Y Y Y Y Integrates with Facebook and iPhone
Diigo [[18]] Online Social Annotation Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
iOutliner [[19]] Online Project Organizer Free Y Y Y
Writeboard [[20]] Online Collaborative Note-Taking Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Integrates with BackPack
MyNoteIT [[21]] Online Note-Taking Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
stu.dicio.us [[22]] Online Note-Taking Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Currently under redevelopment
pbWiki [[23]] Wiki Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
YackPack [[24]] Online voice Messaging Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Links directs to YackPack for Educators information
Ajax13 [[25]] Online Graphic Editor Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Requires Firefox 1.5 (or higher) Browser
SketchUp [[26]] 3D Drawing Software Free Y Y Y Y Integrates with Google Earth
Thinkature [[27]] Online Collaboration & Whiteboard Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
ScanR [[28]] Online Scanner, Copier, Fax from Phone or Digital Camera Free + Y Y Y Y Y Y
Zoho Wiki [[29]] Wiki Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps
Zoho Writer [[30]] Online Word Processor Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps
Zoho Sheet [[31]] Online Spreadsheets Free Y Y Y Y Y Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps
Zoho Show [[32]] Online Slideshow Presentations Free Y Y Y Y Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps
Zoho Notebook [[33]] Online Notebook Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Part of Zoho Suite of Online Apps
Google Presentations [[34]] Online Slideshow Presentations Free Y Y Y Y Also contains Documents & Spreadsheets
Google SpreadSheets [[35]] Online Spreadsheets Free Y Y Y Y Y Also contains Documents & Presentations
Google Documents [[36]] Online Word Processor Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Also contains Spreadsheets & Presentations
WordPress [[37]] Blog Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
Technorati [[38]] Blog Search Engine Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
EduBlogs [[39]] Blog Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
bubbl.us [[40]] Online Brainstorming Free Y Y Y Y
Blogger [[41]] Blog Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y
Wikispaces [[42]] Wiki Hosting Website Free Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y


Examples from teachers, students, classrooms, schools

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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" www.jclarkevans@fredericksburgacademy.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.

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