Flexible Grouping may be considered a low-prep strategy in some cases. Using technology can often facilitate flexible grouping, but it involves some prior planning that removes some spontaneity and increases preparation.\n
Differentiated Instruction does not change or diminish accountability for ensuring students learn and achieve critical understanding of learning standards and benchmarks. With the disaggregated data now available from standardized testing, more detailed information about individual student progress is and should be available to classroom teachers to inform their instructional planning. Technology can and should facilitate this process, and it can also make the curriculum development and implementation process far more functional and practical.\n\nThe wiki has a link to an article about choosing a student information system as well as a link to PowerSchool which I am familiar with, but there are many student information systems available.\n\nI also have embedded a video of Heidi Hayes Jacobs about what curriculum mapping is along with a link to Curricuplan, an online\n
Combining Tech & DI Polishing DI Gems with Technology
Flexible Grouping• Intentional – spreadsheet data• Self Selection – preference survey (Google form)• Random – Random Assignment Generator
Tiered Lessons• Present each tier on separate wiki pages• Incorporate media & interactive web sites• http://tech4di.wikispaces.com/Grouping+Card
Think Dots• Slide presentation templates• Glogster• Incorporate media & interactive web sites
X O Tic-Tac-Toe or Think-Tac-Toe • Table format in any word processor • Wiki page with table format • Incorporate media & interactive web sites
RAFTs • PBL • CBL• Incorporate media & interactive web sites • Intel Education K12 Teaching Tools • Thinkﬁnity
Accountability• Student Information Systems• Curriculum Mapping
Challenge• Select one or more DI strategies you have already used• Use technology to make a fundamental difference in how the strategy helps students learn (polishing your gem)• Share these on the Tech4DI wiki
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