Monday, February 18, 2013

Differentiating with Technology

Differentiating with Technology In this blog posting David Andrade, Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist, explains the meaning of differentiated teaching and gives several links to resources that deal with differentiation.

6 comments:

Lindsey Bakewell said...

I thought this article was very helpful and informative. The author does a good job of explaining what differentiation is and why it is important to differentiate learning in the classroom. I was very interested in the list of technology resources stated in the article that can help teachers find creative and innovative ways to differentiate their lessons.

I think using Project Based Learning (PBL) is a good way to differentiate a lesson. Through projects students can use their strengths and preferred learning style to show their knowledge on the given topic. When using PBL in the classroom I think it is important to leave the project fairly open ended because putting a lot of restrictions on the project would also put restrictions on the possible learning styles that students can use to complete the project. Having a project remain fairly open ended but using a single rubric to grade all of the projects would let students use their creativity, while still assessing their knowledge.

There are many options and resources available for teachers to use to differentiate their lessons. Using a variety of these options would keep class fresh and exciting, which may encourage students to participate and further their knowledge on the topic/subject.

Victoria W. said...

I agree with Lindsey, I think that having some projects open-ended would allow students to show more creativity. They would not be restricted and I that this freedom would allow the students to create something that they are passionate about.I think that this type of project may get more students engaged in the class.

Tara Drazner said...

I think this article is extremely helpful for teachers. It offers not only a definition of differentiated instruction, but the importance of differentiated instruction and multiple teaching and learning strategies. I think it is important to include technology in the classroom as well as interactive activities. Hands on learning is a great form of learning and can also be an informal assessment. I also feel Project Based Learning (PBL) is essential to have in the classroom and I agree with Lindsey that the guidelines should be open-ended, which will allow for students to use their creativity. Overall, I found this article to be extremely helpful in understanding differentiated instruction.

Erica Vrkljan said...

I really enjoy how this website provides access to a variety of technology resources for auditory, visual, and linguistic learners. I can see this as a valuable tool for differentiation with the students in my own classroom. The article has inspired me to think of different ways to use technology to address different learning styles. For instance, I feel that a class blog could be great to use with linguistic learners or interpersonal learners who can share their ideas in a more personal setting than during a verbal in-class discussion.

Matt said...

I agree with Lindsey. PBL is a great way for a more interactive classroom. Projects help students learn the concepts they need, but doing their projects individually helps the students to learn the concepts in their own way.

LAN said...

When preparing for your GE project, incorporate some of the ways that are suggested by the author of the article in differentiating your instruction or assessment (content, process, or product).