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Differentiating Instruction in the Online Classroom ETLO Fall Webinar Dr. Jackie Mangieri MVPS Facilitator/Peer Coach jackie_mangieri@yahoo.com Goals for this Webinar Define differentiated instruction and its applicability for online teaching and learning

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differentiating instruction in the online classroom etlo fall webinar

Differentiating Instruction in the Online ClassroomETLO Fall Webinar

Dr. Jackie Mangieri

MVPS Facilitator/Peer Coach

jackie_mangieri@yahoo.com

goals for this webinar
Goals for this Webinar
  • Define differentiated instruction and its applicability for online teaching and learning
  • Discover options for differentiating content, process, and products in the online classroom
  • Discuss ideas and action steps for differentiating instruction in your online classroom
what is differentiated instruction
What is Differentiated Instruction?
  • Multiple approaches to the curriculum
  • Learner-centered and flexible
  • Qualitative and tied to assessment outcomes
  • Dynamic
differentiated instruction
Differentiated Instruction

In short, differentiated instruction is an approach in which teachers can vary * Content

* Process

* Products

According to their students’

* Readiness

* Interests

* Learning profiles

what isn t di
What isn’t DI?
  • A new idea or a passing fad
  • Individualized instruction
  • A rigid grouping strategy
  • Making assignments a little bit easier or a little bit harder
  • Something that only is applicable in the face-to-face classroom!
what does this mean for online
What does this mean for online?
  • DI is concerned with student readiness for specific learning tasks.
  • Consider the work of Vygotsky (1978) – the zone of proximal development (ZPD)

ATHERTON J S (2005) Learning and Teaching:  Constructivism in learning   [On-line] UK: Available: http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/constructivism.htm

Accessed: 19 July 2007

differentiating content
Differentiating Content
  • Content is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes we want students to learn.
  • Learning tasks and objectives must be aligned to overall learning goals.
  • Instruction should be concept-focused.
strategies for differentiating content online
Strategies for Differentiating Content Online
  • Curriculum compacting
  • Learning contracts
  • Minilessons
  • Varied text and resource materials
  • Conditional releases
  • Podcasting
differentiating process
Differentiating Process
  • Process refers to the learning activities or strategies that allow students to explore the essential understandings and key concepts and principles.
  • Effective activities move students from their current level of understanding to a more complex understanding.
strategies for differentiating process online
Strategies for Differentiating Process Online
  • Blogs
  • Graphic organizers
  • Choice charts
  • Flexible pacing
  • Peer teaching
  • Wikis
differentiating products
Differentiating Products
  • Differentiating products involves varying the complexity of the products that students create to demonstrate mastery of the essential understandings and key concepts.
  • All students deserve an interesting and engaging learning experience that requires high-level thinking.
strategies for differentiating products online
Strategies for Differentiating Products Online
  • Use many assessment strategies
  • Vary expectations and requirements
  • Plan appropriate scaffolding
  • Determine how products will be shared
  • Provide guidelines to students
discussion
Discussion
  • How are you already meeting the unique needs of your individual students?
  • What differentiation strategy would you like to try?
  • How can you encourage your students’ strengths?
  • What is a good first step you can take?
resources for online learning
Resources for Online Learning
  • NACOL - http://www.nacol.org/
  • SREB Online Teachers - http://www.srebonlineteachers.org/
  • K12 Online Conference -http://k12onlineconference.org/
  • Cool Cat Teacher’s Blog - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
web resources for di
Web Resources for DI
  • http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/strategy/strategy042.shtml (good overview with links to learning more)
  • http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiating.html (overview of DI)
  • http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiatinglinks.html (links)
  • http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiatingstrategies.html (strategies)
  • http://www.internet4classrooms.com/di.htm (links to DI and related resources)
  • http://www.cast.org/publications/ncac/ncac_diffinstruc.html (great article about DI)