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Di and Technology January 12, 2012


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Here are the latest slides for my presentation on Using Technology to Differentiate Technology at the SDE DI Intensive on January 12, 2012.

Here are the latest slides for my presentation on Using Technology to Differentiate Technology at the SDE DI Intensive on January 12, 2012.

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  • 1. Differentiating Instruction Using Technology
    • Katherine McKnight, PhD
    • [email_address]
  • 2. Some Details
    • If you would like a copy of the most recent slides, please go to
    • (I will have them posted today.)
  • 3. What we will do in this session
    • Discuss the connections between differentiated instruction and technology.
    • Nine essential technologies for all teaching and learning.
    • See some schools that are using technology in amazing ways to reach diverse learners.
    • Strategies, strategies, and more resources differentiating instruction with technology.
  • 4. So we are all speaking the same language...
    • What DI is and isn't
    • From Richard Cash (2011), Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21 st Century. Free Spirit Publishing.
  • 5.  
  • 6.
    • How do you feel about using tools like blogs, wikis, or other web based tools for differentiation in your classroom?
    • How do you think these tools support the differentiated instruction?
    Opening Questions
  • 7. Nine “ Gotta Know ” Technologies for DI
    • Blogs Wikis Podcasts RSS
    • Social Bookmarking Social Networking
    • Video Sharing (You Tube)
  • 8.
    • Weblogs- Known in shorthand as “blogs”, these Web sites are easily updated and can be interactive.
    • Blogs have exploded in the past few years.
    What’s a Weblog?
  • 9. Here are some sample school blogs that students have created:
  • 10.
    • Global Citizenship Experience
    • /
    From Chicago:
  • 11. What GCE teacher, Warren Thomas Rocco says:
    • “ Positive surprises are that this works. It works regardless of literacy levels. It works despite the fact that we could've been better organized, more tactical in our management of student works online, more committed to encouraging excellence over…merely, completed works. And so on. You can see the potential. We're learning…”
  • 12. From New Zealand:
  • 13.  
  • 14.
    • Read a wide variety of blogs before you begin. Here are some great teacher blogs that I love:
    • blog.php Lucy Gray, educational technology expert
    • Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, instructional technology
    • / Katie McKnight, literacy geek
    Getting Started With Blogs:
  • 15.
    • There are several great Blogging websites but this is my favorite.
    • This site is owned by Google and it’s not difficult to use.
    Setting Up a Blog:
  • 16.
  • 17.
    • Post class materials
    • Post assignments and rubrics
    • Provide samples of work expectations
    • Post materials to support assignments (i.e. reading materials, web links, web sites, and an area for student comments and postings)
    • Class Schedule and Letter
    Getting Started With Blogs: Class Blog
  • 18.
    • Learning Logs and Reflective Journals
    • Reactions to Assigned Reading
    • Literature Circles
    • Questions and Comments about Current Events
    • Word-A-Day
    • Math Problem-A-Day
    • Posting Projects
    • Posting Videos of Lab Experiments
    Getting Started With Blogs: Student Blogs
  • 19. Your Turn: How can you use blogs for the teaching of your content area? What are your questions and concerns about starting blogs with your students? How can blogs support differentiated instruction?
  • 20.
    • From the Hawaiian word, wiki-wiki , which means “quick”.
    • Ward Cunningham created the first wiki in 1995.
    • He wanted to create a web based tool that would make it easy for people to publish and author.
  • 21.
    • An attempt to present all of human knowledge, for free.
    • Actually more accurate than many people might think.
    • Has over 500,000 edits per day.
    The Most Famous and Best Example of a Wiki: Wikipedia
  • 22.
    • From Wikipedia ( )
    • Each wiki page has a link for editing.
    • Click the edit link and “ tah-dah ” you are ready to add, edit, and create content.
    • There are some ground rules that should be set up for the students for the wiki.
    Wiki: The Basics
  • 23.
    • Mr. Peronis, A Physics Teacher http :// Site
    • Mrs. Atwood’s wiki http :// FrontPage
    Sample Wikis
  • 24.
    • Mr. Telles’s wiki http :// FrontPage
    • Mr. Lee’s Math Project Wiki http :// FrontPage
    More Sample Wikis
  • 25.
    • The Study Zone Wiki by Andrew Hill http :// FrontPage
    • Ms. Edwards’s Wiki http :// FrontPage
    A Few More Sample Wikis
  • 26.
    • Getting Started with Wikis
  • 27.
    • / Aims to answer the question, how can I use wikis in education?
    • wikis More fabulous educational wiki examples
    Tools to Help You Along the Way
  • 28. Your Turn: How can you use wikis for the teaching of your content area? What are your questions and concerns about starting wikis with your students? How do wikis support differentiated instruction?
  • 29.
    • Remember, good teachers tinker.
    • Experiment and take baby steps.
    • I’m not a techie, but I do think I’m a good teacher.
    • Ask questions, there are tons of educational technology colleagues who are eager to draft members to the “other side”.
    Maybe You Won’t be Wiki-Wiki Right Away with Your Wiki or Blog
  • 30.
    • A teacher shows us three digital storytelling tools for mobile devices:
    • /
  • 31.
    • What is it?
    • Three kinds of podcasts: audio, visual, and video.
    • Audio are similar to radio broadcasts.
    • Visual include graphics and images.
    • Video are sometimes called vodcasts or v-casts.
  • 32.
    • Some great educational sites for using podcasts:
    • Helpful site for getting started with podcasts and examine how teachers use this technology in classrooms: http ://
    • Mr. Linden’s Library http ://
    • Tony Vincent’s site, Learning in Hand can help you get started with podcasting.
  • 33. RSS
    • Stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”
    • A tool that brings information to you and places it in one account.
  • 34.
    • Some Educational Uses for an RSS feed include:
    • Harvest news headlines from all over the world on any topic.
    • Research.
    • Follow specific interests or people.
    • How can the RSS tool be used to differentiate instruction?
  • 35.
    • Is an organized system for saving websites rather than in an Internet browser.
    Social Networking
  • 36.
    • How can you use this tool to differentiate content for a group of diverse learners?
    Social Bookmarking
  • 37.
    • Facebook… we know that one.
    • Edmodo (Education Friendly Facebook)
    • Twitter Kids LOVE to talk, so let them. 140 character limit requires precision and application of editing skills. Use hashtags (#) to label conversations.
    Social Networking
  • 38.
    • Perhaps the most well known is YouTube.
    • Download via
    • School Tube
    • Teacher Tube
    Video Sharing
  • 39.
    • Glogster http :// /
    More Technology Tools for Differentiation
  • 40.
    • Twitter http : //
    More Technology Tools for Differentiation
  • 41.
    • Google Docs are the next revolution in writing.
    • Allows for collaboration and the applications are extraordinary.
    More Technology Tools for Differentiating Instruction
  • 42.
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Website:
    • Twitter: @literacyworld
    • Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy
    • For more materials and updated powerpoint, see my blog at
    How to Reach Me: