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Differentiation and Technology


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What differentiation is… and what it is not…
Why use technology for differentiation?
What is the role of technology as a tool for differentiation?
How does differentiated instruction look when integrating technology?

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Differentiation and Technology

  1. 1. Using Technology as a Tool in the Differentiated Classroom Doing “whatever it takes to ensure that struggling and advanced learners, students with varied cultural heritages, and children with different background experiences all grow as much as they possibly can each day, each week, and throughout the year.” Carol Ann Tomlinson
  2. 2. Essential Questions <ul><li>What differentiation is… and what it is not… </li></ul><ul><li>Why use technology for differentiation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the role of technology as a tool for differentiation? </li></ul><ul><li>How does differentiated instruction look when integrating technology? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ways to Differentiate Instruction <ul><li>Differentiating the content/topic </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiating the process/activities </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiating the product </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cast. org/publications/ncac/ncac _ diffinstruc .html#identifying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Differentiation Toolbox: Oliver and Shields <ul><li>Take the Quiz then Explore </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research Articles <ul><li>Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. lakelandschools .org/EDTECH/Differentiation/home.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Tips for Differentiated Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>http: //rtecexchange . edgateway .net/cs/rtecp/view/rtec _ str/11 </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: What Teachers Can Do </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. wested .org/online _ pubs/kn-05-01. pdf </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Providing materials and tasks at varied levels of difficulty with varying degrees of scaffolding, through multiple instructional groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging student success by varying ways in which students work: alone or collaboratively, in auditory or visual modes, or through practical or creative means. </li></ul>Differentiated Instruction
  7. 7. Using Online Databases for Student Learning/Differentiation: <ul><li>Support reading comprehension and hearing impaired with closed captioning </li></ul><ul><li>Use literary adaptations so students can practice reading along with a story </li></ul><ul><li>Trigger thinking and increase writing skills with writing prompts </li></ul><ul><li>Develop summary skills through summarizing videos </li></ul><ul><li>Engage visual learners </li></ul><ul><li>Promote hands-on learning through editable clips </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Actively engages students in the learning process </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for exploration not possible in the regular classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Provides audio and visuals to represent abstract concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities to ask “What if?” questions </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities to present information </li></ul>Value of Online Databases for Student Learning/Differentiation
  9. 9. <ul><li>Provides opportunities to plan, gather, synthesize, question, predict, and apply </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for collecting, graphing, interpreting, and analyzing data </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities to construct meaning in a personally relevant manner </li></ul>Value of Online Databases for Student Learning//Differentiation
  10. 10. <ul><li>Students can access the following to enhance their learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul><ul><li>Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Sound clips </li></ul>Using Online Databases for Student Learning/Differentiation
  11. 11. Using Online Databases for Student Learning/Differentiation: <ul><li>Build background knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver content with videos or video clips </li></ul><ul><li>Replay videos or video clips as needed or desired </li></ul><ul><li>Use videos or video clips to extend learning </li></ul><ul><li>Use videos at a wide variety of levels to address the same concept </li></ul><ul><li>Use images and clipart to help ESL or special education students with language </li></ul><ul><li>Extend GT students’ content knowledge </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Replicates real work tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities for greater pride and ownership in work </li></ul><ul><li>Supports multiple cognitive styles and learning behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a huge amount of </li></ul><ul><li>information including original research and primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges students’ research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills </li></ul>Value of Technology for Student Learning
  13. 13. <ul><li>Provide higher level of sophistication </li></ul><ul><li>Create a wider variety of processes to gather and analyze information </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance ability to create professional-looking products </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the depth and breadth of content available </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to advanced information not available in school or local libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Meet their need for content related to their areas of passion </li></ul>Online Databases and G/T Students
  14. 14. Using Technology to Enhance Learning Classroom Examples <ul><li>http://www. sedl .org/pubs/tec26/classtech.html </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources & Tools <ul><li>Tools for Differentiated Instruction Using Technology </li></ul><ul><li> htm </li></ul><ul><li>Using Technology to Support Diverse Learners </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. wested . org/cs/tdl/print/docs/tdl/home .htm </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Web Tools <ul><li>Educapes: Ready, Set, What’s Missing?: Success through Differentiation & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. eduscapes .com/sessions/differentiate/ </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction Resources </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>WebToolboxes: Free Tools </li></ul><ul><li> edu/caw/toolboxfree .html </li></ul><ul><li>4Teachers </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Online Resources <ul><li>Unitedstreaming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment Builder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quiz Builder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Prompt Builder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson Plan Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Research Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NoveList </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World Book Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced and Advanced Search </li></ul></ul>Heartland AEA Online Databases
  18. 18. More Online Resources <ul><ul><li>SIRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Disasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Terrorism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today’s News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TeachingBooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author Programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book Guides </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book Readings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author Websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educator Area </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Using Technology for a More Differentiated Classroom: Web 2.0 Tools <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WebQuests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online Tools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www. lakelandschools .org/EDTECH/Differentiation/thirteen-a.htm </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blogs <ul><li>Links to School Bloggers </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Class Blogmeister </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 21. Wikis <ul><li>Westwood </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Search Googe: wikispaces +&quot;civil war&quot; -wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. wikispaces .com/site/for/teachers100K </li></ul>
  22. 22. Podcasts <ul><li>National Geographic Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Maths in Motion </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Mathgrad </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Listing of Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes: podcasts - education </li></ul>
  23. 23. WebQuests <ul><li>Example of a WebQuest </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Bernie Dodge - San Diego State University </li></ul><ul><li>http: //webquest .org/search/ </li></ul><ul><li>Filamentality </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. kn . att . com/kne_search .html# fil </li></ul>
  24. 24. Heartland AEA’s Searchable Online Web Site Databases Math: Language Arts: Science: Social Studies: Reading: Technology:
  25. 25. Contact Information Heartland AEA 11 Heartland Technology Team & Instructional Materials Consultants