Best practice

Enhancing Instruction for All Learners


Learning Objective: Learn how to find and incorporate online interactive learning activities to address a variety of learning styles.

Interactive websites are designed to enhance online learning opportunities and engage students in authentic learning processes. They incorporate a wide variety of content, including online video, quiz features, games, and interactive assignments. Some are skill based, but many of these will take a student through a whole lesson (and sometimes a whole unit). These resources can support best practices, engage your learners, and enhance your lessons. 

M. Anderson Cartoon #4048 

4 Steps

1. Open the graphic organizer you created in the Principles and Instruction activity. As you discover useful resources to add to your lesson, add them to your graphic organizer.

2. There are many different types of Interactives to enhance your lessons. Add the following categories to your graphic organizer: Content interactives and Evaluation and Assessment interactives.

3. Content interactives will depend on what you teach; however many interactives address multiple content activities. Visit each of the following resources, and set a timer at 5-10 minutes so you aren't overwhelmed or buried under too many. The task is to quickly locate several resources for your lesson that will address different strategies and types of learners. You should create a weblink to the specific resource and add a brief description.

Student interactives in ReadWriteThink
 - be sure to filter by the grade level, and interactive type. 
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - for Math fun
PhET for science and math interactice activities 
Wonderopolis  where content is aligned to CCSS, STEM, and Bloom's
Smithsonian's History Explorer and Interactives

4. Evaluation and Assessment interactives are a great time saver as well as a valuable tool in education. From the chart provided below explore one or two and create one assessment to go with your lesson. Add a hyperlink to the assessment (quiz, survey, poll, or rubric) you create to your graphic organizer.

Resource Name

 Type of Resource

     Suggestions for Use

Answer Garden


Online Polling

Answer Garden is formative assessment or KWL. Ask a question and students respond with a short answer. The answers show up on the screen and answers that are being used more than once begin to grow in size on the screen. Answer Garden Video.

Google Forms


Survey tool

Google Forms will produce a Google sheet with all responses. (First question should always be What is your name?) It can be a self graded quiz if used with Flubaroo add-in. Multiple response types allowed. Read more about Google Forms Flubaroo directions.



Online Quiz is game-like and somewhat competitive. Student who has correct answer first gets name displayed; plays music and uses sound effects. It has limited response types. Kahoot step by step guide.




Online Quiz

No technology required from students! Download a set of Plicker cards for multiple choice polling. Use your cell phone to capture student responses by scanning the room. Six easy steps for Getting Started with Plickers .

Poll Everywhere
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Polling & Survey

Only one question at a time is allowed; students can use cell phones to text responses; instant (anonymous) results show up in graph form. Quickstart tutorial and a video tutorial .



Online Quiz

This is a free resource and does not require you or students to register. Once you create a quiz you will receive a URL to your Quiz which you can post or email to your students. Features include: no ads, four question types, and detailed reports which can be exported to and spreadsheet (csv). You can use a password code so only your students can take the quiz. Students will see their score and correct or incorrect answers. Registration (optional) requires a small fee if you decide to have more features. To learn more, view the testmoz demo.



Rubric Maker

It can be used to evaluate student projects, writing, or effort; also good for cooperative learning evaluation. Rubistar tutorials.


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Online Quiz

Use Socrative for formative assessment. You can see graphs instantly showing overall class response; can also get a spreadsheet of individual results to download. Multiple response types allowed. Socrative YouTube Tutorial Channel.


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