Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction


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  • Hand out the KWL chart. The beginning of the presentation will be about what DI is and then we will get into how to use technology to differentiate instruction. Technology can be used to differentiate instruction in very simple ways and more intricate ways.
  • Click on link to explain the differences between content, process, product and learning environment.
  • Where to differentiate: Content (Material) Process (Teaching Style) Product (Assessment) How: Style - Ability - Interest What: Strategies? Assessment
  • Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

    1. 1. Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
    2. 2. A Definition of D.I. <ul><li>“ Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs . Whether teachers differentiate content , process , products , or the learning environment , the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. ” </li></ul><ul><li>- Carol Ann Tomlinson </li></ul>
    3. 3. A Lot to Consider… <ul><li>Learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Learning skill levels and rates </li></ul><ul><li>Learning difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Language proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Background experiences and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Interests and motivations </li></ul><ul><li>Social/emotional development </li></ul>
    4. 5. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain information by searching for it and accessing, printing, or downloading the information from a website </li></ul><ul><li>The user is the receiver of information </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Users control the tools of access , production and publication and use them to collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Users can share, produce and edit information, as well as receive it </li></ul>
    5. 6. The Difference Between… Web 1.0 Web 2.0 <ul><li>User as a consumer </li></ul><ul><li>User as a producer </li></ul><ul><li>Read Only </li></ul><ul><li>Read and write </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Social groups and communities </li></ul><ul><li>Homepages </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks/Favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Tags (keywords) </li></ul><ul><li>Owning </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul>
    6. 7. Technologies that Support D.I. <ul><li>According to Robert Marzano, there are nine categories of instructional strategies that are most likely to help students learn in all grades and content areas. (Five are mentioned here; the others can be found on our Google site.) </li></ul>Effective Instructional Strategies Application to Differentiated Classrooms Related Technology Tools <ul><li>Recognizing similarities and differences </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizers, such as the Venn Diagram </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration software </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based/downloadable graphic organizers </li></ul>
    7. 8. Effective Instructional Strategies Application to Differentiated Classrooms Related Technology Tools <ul><li>Summarizing information and taking notes </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning, middle, end </li></ul><ul><li>Clarifying information </li></ul><ul><li>Webbing </li></ul><ul><li>Word Processing notes </li></ul><ul><li>Evernote </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration software </li></ul><ul><li>Homework and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Planners/organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook Reading/Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Evernote </li></ul><ul><li>iStudiez </li></ul><ul><li>BrainPop and Discovery Ed videos </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia and games </li></ul>
    8. 9. Effective Instructional Strategies Application to Differentiated Classrooms Related Technology Tools <ul><li>Nonlinguistic Representations: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating graphic representations </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing pictures and pictographs </li></ul><ul><li>Generating mental pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Making physical models </li></ul><ul><li>Cause and Effect organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Concept organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing pictures, illustrations, and pictographs </li></ul><ul><li>Physical models </li></ul><ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet software </li></ul><ul><li>Paint/draw tools </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation software </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual manipulative websites </li></ul><ul><li>Glogster </li></ul>
    9. 10. Effective Instructional Strategies Application to Differentiated Classrooms Related Technology Tools <ul><li>Setting objectives and providing feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Learning contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul><ul><li>Self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Student-led feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic journaling via word-processing (Google Docs, Evernote) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Reflections via blogging ( Edublog , Wordpress , Posterous ) </li></ul><ul><li>Rubistar </li></ul>
    10. 11. Summary <ul><li>Studies show that technology is a highly motivating, interactive tool that can be used to personalize students’ instruction according to their learning styles, interests, and readiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology can help teachers shape and deliver instruction to meet the needs of all students, assist in the improvement of students’ thinking skills, provide research and presentation products and improve communication. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Works Cited <ul><li>Smith, Grace E., and Stephanie Throne. Differentiating Instruction with Technology in Middle School Classrooms . Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2009. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Marzano, Robert J., Debra Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement . Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Fee, Lauren. Leveraging Technology to Differentiate Instruction . Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio, 2007. Web. Sept. 2011. < leveraging-technology-to-differentiate-instruction? from=share_email>. </li></ul>