1. Graphics and Visuals: Using graphs, charts, and other visuals to represent information was associated with a 26 percentile point gain in student achievement. Examples include photos, drawings and video downloaded from the Internet.
2. Reinforcing Instruction: Marzano found that using “interactive white board reinforcers” boosts understanding. These are actions that, for example, signal that an answer is correct or to present information in an unusual context. Anything with action that reinforces the info does the trick. Think applications that enable teachers to uncover information hidden under objects. Or those that drag and drop correct answers or cheer correct answers with virtual applause.
3. Audience Response: Teachers who used an audience response accessory had a 26% additional gain in student achievement. Often called “clickers,” these handheld devices enable students to enter responses as well as vote in polls.