Technology integration and differentiated instruction complement each other in many ways! This presentation provides the rationale for differentiating using technology, as well as a multitude of strategies that can be used in your classroom.
Differentiated Instruction and Technology Integration
Use commercially-available electronic books to extend your classroom library with multimedia reading materials.
There are lots of resources available and several are bilingual. Research indicates that these resources:
Support struggling decoders by "reading to them."
Motivate reluctant readers with amusing graphics and sounds.
Add to story comprehension with supplementary literacy activities.
Good examples of books include titles produced by Living Books such as the Arthur series, Stellaluna , and Dr. Seuss' ABCs among others. Books can be purchased online at http://www.kidsclick.com/living_books.htm
Projecting teacher, class, and student writing material for editing and commenting during shared, interactive, and guided writing. When everyone can see the material, they are more likely to participate actively in the editing process.
Projecting concept maps using CMap software as the class or group plans writing. This strategy facilitates collaboration and encourages students to generate ideas because of the flexibility of the tool.
This website is a helpful Language Arts site with lesson plans, videos, e-texts, technology integration, and classroom activities: http://www.webenglishteacher.com/
In conclusion, technology and multimedia applications should be an integral part of the learning environment. Our students are immersed in a daily life full of computers and other technological advances. The schools of America should reflect this change in the classroom. Integration of technology does not mean placing a computer in the corner of the classroom and leaving it un-touched throughout the semester. Technology must be incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum. To do anything less would be a disservice to our students.