Using Technology in a Differentiated Classroom with Verizon Thinkfinity . BJ Gallagher, PhD, CCC-SLP. Our premise and objective…. Technology integration and differentiated instruction complement each other.
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Using Technology in a Differentiated Classroomwith Verizon Thinkfinity
BJ Gallagher, PhD, CCC-SLP
Technology integration and differentiated instruction complement each other.
This presentation provides the rationale for differentiating using technology, as well as a multitude of examples that may be used in your classroom.
is a process involving students, allowing them to process, construct, make sense of ideas within a classroom regardless of differences in ability.
Differentiation stems from beliefs about differences among learners, how they learn, learning preferences, and individual interests.
Anderson, K.M. ( 2007). Tips for teaching: Differentiating instruction to include all students. Preventing School Failure, 51(3), 49-54.
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The depth/complexity of the knowledge base a student explores
Requires that students are pre-tested
Teachers identify students who do not require direct instruction.
The way in which a student gains access to knowledge
A performance task enabling students to practice and understand the content
The way in which a student's knowledge of a subject is demonstrated
The outcome of the lesson—an assessment or project
Designed to instruct all students on the same objectives but at different levels of complexity and open-endedness.
May be two or more tiers per assignment.
The tasks at each tier allow students to process the information and gain understanding at their own ability level.
Process of modifying instruction by determining those basic
skills students have already mastered
Practice or repetition of those skills is replaced by more challenging option
Alternatives may include enrichment or accelerated study.
Interest groups used with secondary students
Interest centers used with elementary students
designed so that learning experiences relate to a specific interest
Students may select a topic generating increased motivation
A written agreement between the teacher and student.
Teacher specifies the concepts and skills to be learned along with the required components of the assignment.
The student identifies the methods for completing the tasks.
The contract allows the student to work independently while setting daily and weekly work goals and developing management skills.
Students are not assigned to the same group for each task or area of study.
Students may be placed in a group based on readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.
Teachers or students may designate groups.
Allows students to interact with a variety of their peers without being identified with any specific group or ability level
What can we learn from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed?
Helps students perceive an idea or concept from six different points of view.
Each of the six faces of a cube represents a different perspective for an idea.
Students roll the cube and complete the activity displayed on the top face of the cube.
Tasks vary in difficulty
Not all students/groups receive the same cube.
May be differentiated by readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.
Independent study projects are research projects where students develop the skills for independent learning.
Student Material Resources
A collection of supports for literacy learning in the K-12 classroom.
Interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons
Provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills.
Word Study with Harry and Mudge
Struggling readers need instruction in word recognition to improve not only their reading skills but also their writing and spelling skills as well.
Applying small-group differentiated reading model to a systematic word study of the past tense marker –ed,
Helps second- and third-grade students identify both base words and suffixes.
Reading differentiated with reading levels using Comic Book Creator
Play by yourself or against a friend to form pairs. Match numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. The game can be used to practice facts by using the clear pane mode, or for an added challenge, play the game with the windows closed.
Web Resources Gallery
The Web Resources Gallery - a myriad of English language arts resources
Meeting the Immigrants
A webquest that differentiates focusing on various roles which provides a variety of resources
Gives students the opportunity to explore surface area in the same way that a contractor might when providing an estimate to a potential customer
Once the customer accepts the estimate, a more detailed measurement is taken and a quote prepared.
Students use estimation to determine the surface area of the walls and floor of their classroom.
They check the reasonableness of their estimates, and then measure the classroom for accuracy.
Differentiated by role in the group.
The Great Gatsby Cruise
A webquest that differentiates the product and process along with resources depending on the role chosen.
Graphs from the Unit Circle
Students use uncooked spaghetti to transfer lengths from the unit circle to a function graph on large butcher paper.
They discover the key features of sine and cosine graphs.
Students working in degrees, but another version of the handouts is provided for students working in radians.
Grow School Greens
A webquest to create a garden. Differentiated by role in group along with selection of how the information is presented.
differentiate through independent study
Examples of ThinkQuest sites
Learning Beyond the Classroom
(PreK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12)
Created for students ages 11-14
Chatting about Books: Recommendations for Young Readers (Ages 4-11)
Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
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