Differentiation Using Technology
Resources >> Browse Articles >> Utilizing Technology Featured Author: Mrs. Kelly Tenkely Kelly Tenkely is a technology teacher in a private school. Kelly also trains teaching staff on integrating and implementing technology into the classroom.
Differentiation Tips: Pre-AssessmentPre-Assessment strategiesPre-Assessment strategiesPre-Assessment tools (begin at slide 23) Pre-Assessment Tools: Before Learning Assessment StrategiesA Differentiated Instruction Approach to Close the Achievement Gap: Pre-Assessment Pre-Assessment: A Differentiation Power Tool Assessment and Differentiation Practical Strategies for the Classroom: Pre-Assessment How to Create and Use Pre-AssessmentsEffective Instruction Begins with Pre-Assessing Students (video) Differentiation: Checklist for Teachers Activating Prior Knowledge Strategy Bank: Activating Prior KnowledgeStrategies for Activating Prior KnowledgeActivating Prior Knowledge: TeacherVisionBuilding on Prior KnowledgeIncreasing Comprehension by Activating Prior Knowledge Teaching Practice Inquiry-Based Teaching: Powerful Ideas (27 min) Grades 9-12 / History / Inquiry
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. They can be found in a newer post on this blog.
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.
My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would strongly encourage people to participate. Katie’s the best teacher I’ve ever seen…. In addition, Katie and I have co-authored a piece for Education Week Teacher on the topic that will be appearing there soon (it’s appeared: The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success), and an upcoming post in my blog there will be talking about it, too (that two part series has also appeared).
Reflection Improves Instruction
Image Source: Free Web Page Headers What is Differentiated Instruction? Adjusting the curriculum, teaching strategies, and classroom environment to better meet the needs of all students. In a differentiated classroom: Tools for Differentiation / FrontPage
Marzano's Instructional Strategies Use Bingo Maker to write vocabulary words, ideas, and/or concepts that you would like your students to know and understand. As your students cross off a word, ask them to write a one sentence summary or illustrate the word on the back of their bingo card. Look at these sites to give students recognition for writing. Teen Ink