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  1. Technology Tips for Differentiated InstructionA Toolkit of Wonderful Websites! An OHS Staff Development Workshop March 2012

  2. Use your dendrites,
Use your dendrites,
To connect throughout your brain.
Take in info, analyze it,
Grow some new ones
Unrestrained. • Axons send out
To the dendrites all around The Brain Song by Bruce Campbell
Across the synapse
Jumps the impulse
New ideas can now abound. • Stimulation
Is what the brain needs
To make dendrites stretch and grow. 
New connections
Make us smarter
In what we think and what we know. • Use your dendrites,
Use your dendrites,
To connect throughout your brain
Take in info, analyze it,
Grow some new ones

  3. During this workshop… • Quick review of differentiated instruction • 5 steps to start differentiated instruction • Why use technology • Explore Learning Styles Inventories websites • Technology projects to differentiate instruction • Websites for using technology to differentiate instruction for the 8 types of intelligences

  4. Differentiated Instruction • Is a model of instruction that revolves around the belief that students learn in many different ways • It means: “Tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.” - Carol Ann Tomlinson

  5. 5 Steps to Start D. I. 1. Get to know your students 2. Examine your role as teacher in the differentiated classroom ★ Have a Repertoire of Teaching Strategies ✔ Direct Instruction ✔ Inquiry-based Learning ✔ Cooperative Learning ✔ Information Processing Strategies 3. Identify areas of your curriculum that could be adapted to differentiated instruction 4. Identify a Variety of Instructional Activities. Target learning styles in your approaches. 5. Identify Ways to Assess or Evaluate Student Progress

  6. What are you already doing in your classroom to address different learning needs of your students? • without technology? • with technology?

  7. Differentiated Instruction: Why Technology? • Reaches a variety of senses. This allows the individual to tailor or focus their learning to their individual style, whether it is verbal, auditory or physical. • Students are motivated to use technology • Flexibility of the medium • Prepares students for the future • Validates self expression by allowing students to decide how they want to create a project or assimilate information. Technology gives a sense of ownership to the user. • Creates an active rather than passive atmosphere for learning, which forces student participation and makes them think. Technology fosters communication among students as well as between student and teacher. They discuss the content, organization of content, and how to present it to others (topics which may not have otherwise been discussed). • Makes sense because it is already built in to the everyday life of all students Teaching should & must remain about the needs of our 21st Century children!

  8. Suggestions for a Differentiated Instructional Technology Approach • Identify student learning styles to customize learning experiences by better meeting student needs. • Offer students a choice when establishing projects and desired outcomes. • Technology integration should be seamless and meaningful, it's not something "Extra". • Start simple and build upon to establish an instructional repertoire. • Use technology resources that are accessible 24/7. • Ask your digitally connected students for assistance, they will enjoy it!! • Be practical and realistic with yourself and your students. • Have fun!

  9. Get to Know Your Students Multiple Intelligences In his 1983 book called Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner of Harvard University identified seven intelligences we all possess. Because our understanding of the brain and human behavior is constantly changing, the number of intelligences is expanding. Two to three new intelligences had been added recently. Gardner claims that we all have all the intelligences, but that no two people are exactly alike.

  10. Technology Enhances the Multiple Intelligences! At leastone-thirdof our students are vi suallearners. Computersoffer students amulti-sensory smorgasbord!

  11. Anytime threeor more intelligences are used to introduce new material to students, the greater their chances of long term retention.

  12. Get to Know Your Students Administer a Learning Style Inventory! Learning Style Quiz for Students Abiator's Online Learning Styles Inventory Test 1 Abiator's Online Learning Styles Inventory Test 2 BGfL Multiple Intelligences. Take the Test! /questions/choose_lang.cfm Mind Media Free Online Learning Styles Inventory Test

  13. Administer a Learning Style Inventory! Assessment: Find Your Strengths! Multiple Intelligences Survey Getting to Know Your Students Click on the words “multiple intelligences to view test Discover Your Preferred Learning Style (from the UK)

  14. Multiple Intelligences & Lesson Planning Using Technology If not careful one might come to the conclusion that a lesson or activity needs to be planned for each intelligence.Students do not possess merely one intelligence but several of the intelligences. Some are typically found together such as the linguistic and logical learners (Gardener et al., 2006). One well planned activity or lesson can easily touch on several intelligences without much extra effort. In other words, you need not do a lesson or activity for each intelligence since several intelligences can be served by using one lesson.

  15. Whatever you are teaching, see how you might connect it with: Words (Linguistic) Numbers or logic (Logical-Mathematical) Pictures (Spatial) Music (Musical) Self-reflection (Intrapersonal) A physical experience (Bodily-Kinesthetic) A social experience (Interpersonal), and/or An experience in the natural world (Naturalist)

  16. Using Technology to Differentiate Instructionteacher tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators & LibrariansLarry Johnson & Annette Lamb Visual-Spatial: Logical-Mathematical: Verbal-Linguistic: Bodily-Kinesthetic: Musical/Rhythmic: Interpersonal: Intrapersonal: Naturalistic:

  17. Visual-Spatial Motivator Magazine Cover Movie Poster Mosaic Maker Billboard Captioner Badge Maker

  18. Visual-Spatial Visual presentations make it easier for students to tackle data and difficult text.,s,FFFFFF|c,s,FFFFFF&max=100& Create 14 different styles of charts with Hohli Online Charts Builder Create a wide variety of graphic options using Many Eyes

  19. Visual-Spatial Students create and direct their own movies This mind mapping tool is great for people who want to be able to visualize what they're learning. MindMeister allows users to create, share and manage mind maps online and offline. This site displays 200 years of history in photographs. Great for visual learners who want to learn more about American history. Scooch offers free slide show software that is perfect for visual learners who want to transform text into easier to recall slides. Students interact with online painting, media arts, sculpture, and theater

  20. Visual-Spatial A picture sharing website Edit photos add effects, fonts, shapes, and frames Students can view photos of thousands of animals Create videos with pictures Create online posters to visually display knowledge Students can create animations to illustrate a concept or story

  21. (Auditory) Verbal-Linguistic • This easy-to-use audio editing software lets you record and edit audio. It is free to use and works across multiple platforms (Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/LINUX.) • This free sound editing software (for Windows or Mac) allows users to record and edit audio within minutes. Functions are a cinch to use and work with multiple formats. • This social music experiment makes it easy for auditory learners to access free music to play in the background while they learn. The site features an endless number of songs to choose from and savable playlists. • This unique search engine is powered by sound, not text. You can find the music you're looking for by singing, humming or whistling ten seconds of the tune. • Auditory learners can create, find and share podcasts through this free site. PodOmatic hosts the world's largest selection of commercial-free podcasts.

  22. (Auditory) Verbal-Linguistic Allow students to express themselves creatively with words Capture student voices with audio, text, pictures, and video A free online word processor, and presentation tool Students can create stories and turn them into a book A world where words come alive 52 interactive activities related to reading, writing, and speaking Students can read stories online, record their own story and play literacy games

  23. Logical-Mathematical Spreadsheet and data collection tools Capture a sequence of events in an experiment or during problem solving Click on Emerald Island. A virtual world where students can experiment and problem solve Comics about science experiments, and problem solving games Math, reading, music and art puzzles Logic puzzle games Students practice math skills and engage in logic games

  24. Logical-Mathematical A site that encourages critical thinking and problem solving A hobby shop full of logical-mathematical activities This site presents a collection of games and puzzles with mathematical contents and a few practice exercises disguised as games Designed for the purpose of sharing mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today.

  25. Bodily-Kinesthetic • This site provides activities, strategies and other concepts that enhance learning skills. Interactives is aimed at grades 6 thru 12, but makes a good tool for kinesthetic learners of all ages. • This free drawing software from Google allows kinesthetic users to create, modify and share 3D models. • Taking notes is a great way for kinesthetic learners to actively participate in what they are learning . MyNoteIT is a free web app that allows users to take, edit and share notes online. • Flashcard Exchange is the world's largest flashcard library. Kinesthetic learners can improve their retention ability by making flashcards for this website. • • Education Place is designed for young (K-12) kinesthetic learners who want to explore various subjects through games and activities.

  26. Bodily-Kinesthetic A virtual world that taps into mouse manipulation, typing, and manipulating objects on the screen Allows students to link like ideas Augmented reality site that lets students manipulate Google Earth objects by using a web cam and print out. As students move the paper, the virtual model on the screen adjusts accordingly Another augmented reality site that shows students a digital hologram of smart grid technology

  27. Musical/Rhythmic Students can create podcasts Students interact with music, sounds, and patterns Record video with a webcam Students explore and interact with music Download and listen toaudiobooks Create timelines with audio and video

  28. Interpersonal A virtual world that allows students to interact and work on solving problems together A virtual world that encourages students interaction for the common goal of saving Emerald Island from PiRats who want to take over the green world An enchanting virtual world where students can interact with historical figures A site that lets students practice spelling, and math facts against other students from around the world in real time Students can use Voicethread to complete projects together. It also provides the ability for students to interact and comment on other student’s Voicethread projects

  29. Interpersonal Create a personal learning community within your classroom, encourage students to share learning experiences and new information A web 2.0 tool that allows students to create together and comment on other students Glogs Students create an imaginary world and interact with other classmates virtually. They can create worlds and stories together Students can work on projects together, interact with other students and view other student’s learning space

  30. Intrapersonal Students can blog about their learning A wiki where students can reflect on their learning A wiki where students can create and reflect on their learning Students can search a topic of interest and take notes about their learning right within the Eyeplorer website Students can record and think about learning through story creation

  31. Naturalist Students can explore the earth with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings Students can explore the universe including the solar system, constellations, galaxies, and the moon Students learn about thousands of animals and their habitats Students create animals, build habitats and learn about wildlife Students can view live video of animals, view photo galleries, and visit exhibits

  32. Naturalist Students can take a virtual field trip around the world and through time. Virtual tours of the world by combining pictures, video, audio, and objects in 3-D

  33. More Teacher Resources! Differentiation: Annette Lamb Technology and Education: Box of Tricks

  34. In our hands, technology is not just another classroom tool; it connects all the intelligences and becomes a path to authentic learning.

  35. Need help! Just ask Deb, Your Teacher-Librarian Tech Peer Coach!

  36. EXIT SLIP DIRECTIONS: Please write, in the space provided on the EXIT SLIP, your answers. • What one website will you use to create an activity in your classroom? • Explain what type of activity you will create using this web- site. Upon leaving this session, please hand this slip to the EXIT SLIP TAKER. Thanks!

  37. Bibliography • Accredited Online Colleges Blog. 50 Free Collaboration Tools That Are Awesome for Education. April 7, 2010. <> • The Apple. “Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction.” <> • Blair, Nancy. Differentiating Instruction: What, Why, How. July 2010. • Byrne, Richard. Free Technology for Teachers (Blog). <> • Byrne, Richard. 77 Web Resources for Teachers to Explore This Summer. June 13, 2011. <> • Capozzoli, Cheryl (Wiki Manager). “Differentiated Instruction & Effective Instructional Technology Integration.” Web 2.0 Guru. • Center for Implementing Technology in Education. Differentiating Instruction Using Technology. November 29, 2007. • “30 of the Best Educational Tools for Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Learners.” October 2008. <> • Johnson, Larry & Lamb, Annette. Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators & Librarians. 2007. <> • Lamb, Annette. Meeting the Needs of All Students. Differentiation and Technology. 2008. <> MacBeth, Michael. Multiple Intelligences and Educational Technology-A Synthesis. <> • Multiple Intelligences: A Resource Guide. <> Phelan, Margaret. Technology: Enabling Learning for All. Nov. 2009. <> • TeAchnology, Inc. How to Differentiate Instruction. <> • 21st Century School Teacher (Teacher Blog). <>l • WestEd's Regional Technology in Education Consortium (RTEC) in partnership with the Alliance for Technology Access. Technology Tips for Differentiated Instruction. <

  38. Images Used - Sorted By Slide • Toolkit:> • Brain: Running: • Spinning Laptop: • Chomping Computer: • Multiple Intelligences Chart 1: • Multiple Intelligences Chart 2: • Brain Lifting Weights: Internet Tools: • Artist: OR • Kid with Brain:,r:12,s:0&tx=76&ty=67 • Eyeball Character: • Paint Set: • Ear Character: • Book with Pen: • Protractor: • Guy with Glasses on Keyboard: • Bicyclist: • People Jumping at Sundown: • Music Box: • Boy and Girl Playing a Board Game: • Girl Reading by a Window: • Ducks: • Hummingbird: • Letter in a Bottle: • Happy Computer: • Sun: