Two-Way Teaching: An Introduction to the Read/Write Web in Education

Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
Professional Development Coordinator, CUE, Inc.

Presentation Slides (Quicktime Format)

Live Demo

What is a blog?

What is the read/write web?
What do these things mean for you and your students?
Create your own edublogs account.

What does two-way teaching mean to you?

Think: Consider your own answer.
Pair: Trade answers with one other person.

Share: Volunteer to share with the group.

Two-Way Teaching

Second Language Acquisition
Science and Mathematics
Physical Education
Web Based Education
Health Education
Nancy Stetson, Professional Development for Two-Way Teaching and Learning, 1993

"Two-Way Teaching" on Google Scholar

One-Way Teaching

42% retention after class
17% a week later

Two-Way Teaching

Improves Student Learning

Improves Institutional Effectiveness
Is Cooperative and Active
Seeks Immediate Feedback (from Students)

What does two-way teaching mean to me?

Teacher – Student
Student – Student
Teacher – Teacher
Expert – Teacher

Expert – Student

Teacher – Student

Lectures, Demonstrations, and Coaching
The Lead Learner Concept
Student Experts

Student – Student

Beyond jigsaw technique…

Student Experts
Reports and Presentations
Student Made Movies
Dramatic Play

Teacher – Teacher

Professional Development
Professional Learning Communities
Online PD

Expert – Teacher

Professionals and Academics
NASA and others via video conferencing

Expert – Student

Correspondence with Authors and Experts
Book Clubs

Student Experts
The more of these permutations we have access to… and engage… the better.


Creative Commons?

The One-Way Web

Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
Information moves from publishers to consumers
Information cannot be edited
Read-Only Web
Web 1.0

The Two-Way Web

It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
Anyone can publish, share, and change information
Read/Write Web
Web 2.0
This is changing our world!


Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”

Easily created
Easily updated
If you can email, you can blog.
Blogs allow visitors to comment.
Search Blogs at Technorati or Google Blog Search

Educational Blogs

Teacher web sites Example
Class web sites Example
Learning journals Example
Book Clubs Example
Connect with Authors and Experts Example
Pen Pals Example (See Global Awareness and Cultural Literacy Through Electronic Dialog)

Professional Development Example
Reflective Practice Example (Also, don’t miss David Warlick’s blog.)
More Examples:


Podcasts are blogs with audio or video.

Podcasts are like Internet radio shows or TV shows.
Podcasts are consumed on demand.
Search Educational Podcasts at

Educational Podcasts

Lectures & lessons
Just-in-time learning
School News

Classroom News
Final Projects
Foreign Languages
Create Your Own Podcast at


Websites anyone can edit!
If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.
Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
The Wikipedia is a massively collaborative encyclopedia.

Educational Wikis

Collaboratively authored class texts

Writing projects
Group projects
Sharing resources
Grade level teams
Subject area teams
Professional Development
Create Your Own Wikis at


The Wikipedia –
Dave Conlay’s Aristotle Experiment –
Eva Wagner’s Houghton-Mifflin Tech Resources Wiki –
Eva Wagner’s Technology Integration Projects for Grades K-3 –
Dan McDowell’s Wiki Resources –
More Workshop Wikis –

More Examples (A wiki about wikis in education!) –


Subscribe to sources that are important to you.
Stay up to date quickly and easily.
Share your subscriptions with students… or other teachers.
Manage Your Subscriptions Online with

Other Services – Annotate, save, and share bookmarks online! – Upload, tag, and share images online!
Search Feeds – Notifications from Google, Technorati, MSN Search, and More!

Creative Commons

Share, Reuse, and Remix – Legally
Find CC Content
License Your Work

Student – Computer

Video Games and Simulations as Learning Environments
Students Designing Games and Simulations

Video Games in Education Wiki


What is the most important thing you’ve learned today?
What burning questions do you still have?

Q & A

Mark Wagner

Educational Technology and Life

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