Supporting Differentiation with Technology Vallorie Schlecht Educational Technology Tucson Unified School District
Why should I bother? Today’s Topics What is differentiation? Hints! Give me Hints!! What will it look like in my classroom?
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
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?
Essential Elements • Laser-like focus • Data-based decisions drive instruction • No gingerbread kids • Equal, respectful work • Three Ring Circus
Exceeds Meets Approaches Falls Far Below Differentiation Extensions Reteaching Mastery Non-Mastery Authentic Assessment Group Instruction State Curriculum Daily Lessons Assessment
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
Creative Content • MarcoPolo • Cox Education Network • Education Online • Ebsco • Incredible Internet Information • Searching for information • Narrowing options
Prospective Processes • Webquests, Thinkquests, Module Makers • Asset – Streaming Video • Graphic Organizers • Inspiration • Eduplace • Score
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
Inviting Environments • Computers • Video Equipment • Audio Equipment • Cooking Devices • Digital Cameras • Scanners • Projectors • Telephones
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
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