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  1. Supporting Differentiation with Technology Vallorie Schlecht Educational Technology Tucson Unified School District

  2. Why should I bother? Today’s Topics What is differentiation? Hints! Give me Hints!! What will it look like in my classroom?

  3. Differentiation is doing “whatever it takes to ensure that struggling and advanced learners, students with varied cultural heritages, and children with different background experiences all grow as much as they possibly can each day, each week, and throughout the year.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

  4. Creating a Case for Change • What practices used in schools 100 years ago are still in use today? • What research and initiatives support the need for change?

  5. Essential Elements • Laser-like focus • Data-based decisions drive instruction • No gingerbread kids • Equal, respectful work • Three Ring Circus

  6. Exceeds Meets Approaches Falls Far Below Differentiation Extensions Reteaching Mastery Non-Mastery Authentic Assessment Group Instruction State Curriculum Daily Lessons Assessment

  7. Content Reading materials Curriculum adjustment Reading buddies Process Tiered activities Manipulatives Personal agendas Product Choice Activities matched to learning styles/strengths Learning Environment Varied groups Varied activity levels Routines Differentiation

  8. Creative Content • MarcoPolo • Cox Education Network • Education Online • Ebsco • Incredible Internet Information • Searching for information • Narrowing options

  9. Prospective Processes • Webquests, Thinkquests, Module Makers • Asset – Streaming Video • Graphic Organizers • Inspiration • Eduplace • Score

  10. Possible Products • Creating Choices • Utilizing Primary Technology Products • PowerPoint Presentation (video or photos) • Newspaper • Jeopardy Game • Tape of a Newscast • Excel Poster • Kidpix Graph • Using Rubrics

  11. Inviting Environments • Computers • Video Equipment • Audio Equipment • Cooking Devices • Digital Cameras • Scanners • Projectors • Telephones

  12. Curiosity It is a curiosity of teaching that no two days are alike, but, if we are not careful, all the days can take on a deadening sameness. We must remember that we have every opportunity to transform ourselves and our practice, just as we have every opportunity to stagnate, remaining much the same teachers we were when we began. Carol Ann Tomlinson

  13. Questions Vallorie Schlecht Tucson Unified School District (520) 225-6278 vallorie.schlecht@tusd.k12.az.us

  14. United Streaming has thousands of clips!

  15. Lineweaver Zoo Did you know? Lions live together for a long time in a pride, just like a family. Zookeeper in Charge Victoria Stewart This animal was found at http://cgl.microsoft.com/clipgallerylive