Basics Part III Implementation

Best Practice Connections

Making Connections with Best Practice teaching strategies and 21things4teachers

Integrating technology into best practice instruction is an important component of the 21things for the 21st Century Educator site. The 21things4teachers introduces teachers to the nine strategies of best practice.

The 21things4teachers is aligned with many of the best practice recommendations.  It is our hope that as you move through the 21things, you will make connections to best practice research and how to integrate these strategies with technology and instruction.

Nine research-based strategies for best teaching practice

The Nine Categories of Best Practice (CITW9) are research-based teaching strategies (see credits in the Additional Resources below). These are arranged into categories in a Framework for Instructional Planning shown in the diagram below. 

framework for instructional planning

Categories and Zones: The Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd. ed. text categorizes best practice into nine areas.  These nine instructional categories include multiple strategies.  

They are placed in Zones:  Creating the Environment (aka Red Zone), Helping Students Develop Understanding (aka Orange Zone), and Helping Students Extend and Apply Knowledge (aka Blue Zone). 

The Nine Categories of Technology

The Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd. ed. text categorizes technology into nine areas. These nine categories include: Word Processing Applications, Organizing & Brainstorming Software, Data Collection & Analysis Tools, Communication & Collaboration Software, Instructional Media, Multimedia Creation, Instructional Interactives, Database & Reference Resources, and Kinesthetic.


Examples of how technology can be used to support best practice

Visit the site to see all nine of the best practice strategies and examples of technology to support them. Two examples:

Example A: Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback

  • Google docs or other word processing applications to: create objectives, insert comments on student work
  • Rubrics (RubiStar) to create criterion referenced feedback
  • Use polling (Socrative, PollEverywhere, Google Forms) to guide your objectives or feedback 

Example B. Cooperative Learning

  • Use rubrics for group work skills
  • Use cooperative/collaborative classroom tools such as Blackboard, Edmodo, Moodle 
  • Use sharing resources for bookmarks, notes, documents (Digo, Evernote, Dropbox, Google docs, Office365) 

reminder Complete the activity for this section of the Basics Document.

Use the table provided in your 21t4Basics document to identify and give an example of three of the nine best practice strategies identified in the Framework for Instructional Planning and a technology resource you use (or might use). An example is provided with the table.

Next Steps

Visit the Models of Technology Integration page to see the SAMR and TPACK models of technology integration. 


Connections to best practice are made through the "Framework for Instructional Planning" and the technology categories found in the "Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd ed." (Pitler, Hubbell, and Kuhn, 2012). Used with permission by McREL, Denver, CO.