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

This wiki was created to support a three-hour hands-on workshop at the 2007 CUE conference.

Keynote Slides (3.7 MB PDF)

Two-Way Teaching

With Technology
Mark Wagner
Educational Technology and Life

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.

A Message From The Future...

Whose hand will they hold?

Technology is a tool. It’s a lens through which we can show that world of infinite possibilities to
our children — through which they can examine, explore, and affect their world. If we continue to look at technology as a machine and education as a process that we can plug our children into in order to improve reading and math test scores, then whose shoulder are they going to rest their heads on? Whose hand are they going to hold as the walk into their future?
2 Cents Worth

What am I talking about?

Science and technology can make the future better for our students.
Students will still have shoulders to rest on and hands to hold.

Four Philosophies For Lead Learners

The Lead Learner Philosophy
The Face-to-Face Philosophy
The “and Life” Philosophy
The Kindergarden Philosophy
Passion and Professional Development: Four Philosophies For Lead Learners

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
Class web sites
Learning journals
Book Clubs
Connect with Authors and Experts
Pen pals
Professional Development
Reflective Practice
Create Your Own Blog at


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


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!


Engagement and Motivation
Reflection and Metacognition


Information Literacy
Inappropriate Content
Inappropriate Sharing
Threats and Cyber-bullying
Intellectual Property
Fraud and Identity Theft
Stalkers and Predators
Free Speech Concerns
Lack of Understanding
See for more information.

Proactive Strategies

Citizen Journalism and Citizen Police Work
Legal Protections
Safety Tips for Students
Safety Tips for Parents
Communication and Empathy
Use The Creative Commons...

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