Make it Stick: Vocabulary and Technology Come Together

Session 7: 1:00–2:30 PM, Zoom Room 10


Direct instruction, with teachers explicitly teaching word meanings in context and training students to develop word-learning strategies and study techniques, is still a recommended method for teaching vocabulary (Dale, 1965; Kinsella, 2017). In a six-step method, Marzano (2004) provides a research-proven process for vocabulary instruction that provides students with multiple exposures that reinforce their comprehension of newly-learned vocabulary: Explain, Restate, Show, Discuss, Refine and Reflect, and Apply in Learning Games. The integration of technology in vocabulary instruction enhances the learning experience, allows for personalization, can provide opportunities for immediate feedback to learners, and combined with Marzano’s process, is effective for developing students’ literacy. This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the six steps, brief demonstrations or explanations of Web-based tools and apps that allow for teacher customization to create vocabulary learning, practice, and review activities for each of the steps. The participants will leave with a website full of resources and ideas.


Kristi Reyes

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Susan Gaer


Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • All

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment