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Differentiation - tools, tips and resources

Differentiation - tools, tips and resources
Differentiation is an important aspect of education. Students learn differently, have different needs, different backgrounds, different skills, different ability levels, different interests and more. As educators, we try to create engaging lesson activities that provide a variety of learning experiences and allow students to demonstrate their learning in different ways. Differentiation should occur in both how students learn and gain knowledge and skills, and in how they demonstrate and are assessed on what they have learned. “In the practice of education, differentiation is defined as working to address the abilities, interests, and needs (both perceived and real) of individuals. Differentiation provides students with opportunities to approach curriculum from their strengths, as varied as these might be.” Here are some resources, tips, and tools on differentiation: Digital Differentiation - ideas and tools for differentiating with digital resources

Digital Differentiation Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation. Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths. Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences:

home The WIRED Classroom The WIRED Classroom (continued) How are the students engaged? If we are successful, we create classrooms which engage students in solving problems, making decisions and exploring intriguing questions. They spend their time mastering basic skills like computation, reading and writing, but often as not these skills are applied to issues and challenges drawn from the world about them or the world discovered "online" which might be thousands of miles away. Collaborative projects are a staple of the Wired Classroom. WebQuests ( are a particularly promising approach being developed with leadership from San Diego Univeristy and funding from PacBell. Other online learning projects are posted by PacBell at the Blue Web'N site ( When we enter the Wired Classroom, we see intense focus upon task, often as not with teams of students exploring, researching, inventing and creating. Engaged Learning Indicators (Means)* Framework

Differentiator - free web app to help teachers differentiate using Blooms Taxonomy The Differentiator is a simple web app that helps you create objectives based on Bloom's Taxonomy. You simple click on the thinking skill, content, resources, product, or group tabs and then select what you want the student to do by clicking on the sub categories. For example, on the Thinking Skill tab, you can chose Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, or Creating and then a sub-term. Product tab has visual, multi-media, oral, written, and construct tabs as what the student would create as a product to demonstrate their learning. I think this is a great tool to help teachers come up with different objectives and some different activities for students to do in class. Related: Differentiation Using 21st Century Schools Differentiation with Web 2.0 Technologies

Using Digital Tools for Differentiation Direct Address to this Page: Anyone who has worked in education for any length of time knows just how important it is for teachers to create differentiated classrooms. If schools are truly working to ensure success for every student, learning experiences need to be customized and aligned to student interests, needs, and unique learning styles. The challenge, however, rests in making differentiation manageable. In this February 2012 Alaska Staff Development Network webinar, sixth grade classroom teacher, blogger and educational technology author Bill Ferriter will introduce participants to a range of digital tools that can be used to (1). provide structure for differentiated classrooms and (2). differentiate learning experiences by student interest. Today's Slides Today's Shared Reflection Document One of the things that we will do regularly during the course of our 90 minutes together is spend time in shared written reflection. Differentiating YOUR Learning #nice Ms.

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What to Do When Your Social Media Strategy Is Successful There are many guides out there that teach businesses how to tactically use social media, but few that discuss how to adapt all your departments to its uprooting effects. That's what Amber Naslund says, and why she co-wrote The Now Revolution with Jay Baer, a book that focuses on helping businesses develop a "horizontal strategy" to handle the impact of social media. Naslund appeared on Behind the Brand to talk to Bryan Elliot about her book, and her advice for businesses. "Social media is really easy to get into, but we don’t have a lot of suggestions of what happens when it goes right," Naslund suggested. "Slow down. As the former vice president of strategy for Radian6, a popular social media measurement tool, Naslund has experience helping businesses figure out what kind of returns to expect from investing in social media. "If you’re doing something new, you kind of have to look at its success a little differently," Naslund said.

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