Technology strategies to differentiate a classroomPresentation Transcript
Technology Strategies to Differentiate Instruction Hampton Township School District August 24, 2006 Dr. Robert Isherwood
Differentiated Instruction and Technology Integration
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.
What is differentiated Instruction?
Teachers begin where the students are, recognizing individual differences
Engage students in different modalities
Use varied rates of instruction, complexity levels, and teaching strategies
Challenge students to compete against themselves in order to learn and grow
Technology to Differentiate by Content, Group, and Assessment
The following is a differentiate unit in World Cultures that already exists on the web. The topic is China. Teachers can create units such as this one or find more that are already out in cyber space. Check this out!
Use an LCD projector hooked to a laptop or teacher computer to strengthen your balanced literacy curriculum! Support reading by:
Projecting shared reading material on the classroom wall or screen so that all students can see it and read along.
Projecting reading-rich websites on the classroom wall or screen to expand your classroom library of shared and guided reading material.
Projecting graphic organizers and templates (made with word-processing [Microsoft Word] or mindmapping [Inspiration] software) during guided reading. Students can more easily collaborate.
Graphic Organizer/Template ideas: identify story parts, create character maps, construct main and supporting idea outlines, respond to reading response forms.
Using Technology to Support Literacy Development
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
Using Technology to Develop Writing Skills
Support writing by:
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 Inspiration or other mindmapping 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.
Why use Technology?
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.