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Title: Technology Tips for Differentiated Instruction A Toolkit of Wonderful Websites!


1
Technology Tips for Differentiated
Instruction A Toolkit of Wonderful Websites!
  • An OHS Staff Development Workshop
  • December 2011

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?Neurotransmitters?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?Unrestrained.

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

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Differentiated Instruction
  • Is a model of instruction that revolves
  • around the belief that students learn
  • in many different ways
  • It means
  • Providing materials and tasks at varied levels
    of difficulty with varying degrees of
    scaffolding, through multiple instructional
    groups and,
  • Encouraging student success by varying ways in
    which students work alone or collaboratively,
    in auditory or visual modes, or through practical
    or creative means.

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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

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

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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.
  • Existence of wide gaps in student experiences and
    abilities
  • 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!
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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.

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Technology Enhances the Multiple Intelligences
  • At least one-third of our students are
  • vi sual learners.
  • Computers offer students a multi-sensory
    smorgasbord!

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  • Anytime three or 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
  • http//homeworktips.about.com/od/homeworkhelp/a/ls
    tyleqz.htm
  • Abiator's Online Learning Styles Inventory Test 1
  • http//www.berghuis.co.nz/abiator/lsi/lsitest1.htm
    l
  • Abiator's Online Learning Styles Inventory Test 2
  • http//www.berghuis.co.nz/abiator/lsi/lsitest2.htm
    l
  • BGfL Multiple Intelligences. Take the Test!
  • http//www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/clie
    nt_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int
  • /questions/choose_lang.cfm
  • Mind Media
  • http//mindmedia.com/cgi-bin/site/jump.cgi?ID5582
  • Free Online Learning Styles Inventory Test

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Administer a Learning Style Inventory!
  • Assessment Find Your Strengths!
  • http//literacyworks.org/mi/assessment/findyourstr
    engths.html
  • WHAT'S YOUR LEARNING STYLE?
  • http//www.ldpride.net/learning-style-test.html
  • Multiple Intelligences Survey
  • http//surfaquarium.com/MI/inventory.htm
  • Getting to Know Your Students
  • Click on the words multiple intelligences to
    view test
  • http//www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/getting
    -know-your-students
  • Discover Your Preferred Learning Style (from the
    UK)
  • http//www.brainboxx.co.uk/a3_aspects/pages/vak_qu
    est.htm

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Identify a Variety of Instructional Activities
Using Technology
  • Technology can be used to facilitate learning in
    each intelligence area. There is no "right way"
    to integrate intelligences or technology into the
    classroom. The key is to provide the most
    effective learning environment for students.

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Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
  • Visual-Spatial http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic68a
    .htm
  • Logical-Mathematical http//eduscapes.com/tap/top
    ic68c.htm
  • Verbal-Linguistic http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic
    68b.htm
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic http//eduscapes.com/tap/topi
    c68d.htm
  • Musical/Rhythmic http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic6
    8e.htm
  • Interpersonal http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic68g.
    htm
  • Intrapersonal http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic68f.
    htm
  • Naturalistic http//eduscapes.com/tap/topic68h.h
    tm

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Visual-Spatial
  • Bighugelabs.com http//bighugelabs.com/
  • Motivator
  • Magazine Cover
  • Movie Poster
  • Mosaic Maker
  • Billboard
  • Captioner
  • Badge Maker

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Visual-Spatial
  • Visual presentations make it easier for students
    to tackle data and difficult text.
  • http//charts.hohli.com/chtp3chs320x240chds
    chco5131C9chfbg,s,FFFFFFc,s,FFFFFFmax100a
    genthohli.com
  • Create 14 different styles of charts with Hohli
    Online Charts Builder
  • http//ow.ly/6ur9F
  • Create a wide variety of graphic options using
    Many Eyes
  • wordle.com http//www.wordle.net/
  • bubbl.us https//bubbl.us/

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Visual-Spatial
  • http//xtranormal.com
  • Students create and direct their own movies
  • https//www.mindmeister.com/
  • 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.
  • http//www.picturehistory.com/
  • This site displays 200 years of history in
    photographs. Great for visual learners who want
  • to learn more about American history.
  • http//scooch.gr0w.com/
  • Scooch offers free slide show software that is
    perfect for visual learners who want to
  • transform text into easier to recall slides.
  • http//knowitall.org/artopia
  • Students interact with online painting, media
    arts, sculpture, and theater

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Visual-Spatial
  • http//flickr.com
  • A picture sharing website
  • http//picnik.com
  • Edit photos add effects, fonts, shapes, and
    frames
  • http//arkive.org
  • Students can view photos of thousands of animals
  • http//animoto.com
  • Create videos with pictures
  • http//edu.glogster.com/
  • Create online posters to visually display
    knowledge
  • http//doink.com
  • Students can create animations to illustrate a
    concept or story

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(Auditory) Verbal-Linguistic
  • http//audacity.sourceforge.net/
  • 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.)
  • http//www.nch.com.au/wavepad/
  • 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.
  • http//www.playlist.com/
  • 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.
  • http//www.midomi.com/
  • 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.
  • http//www.podomatic.com/login
  • Auditory learners can create, find and share
    podcasts through this free site. PodOmatic hosts
    the world's largest selection of commercial-free
    podcasts.

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(Auditory) Verbal-Linguistic
  • http//wordle.net
  • Allow students to express themselves creatively
    with words
  • http//ed.voicethread.com
  • Capture student voices with audio, text,
    pictures, and video
  • http//zoho.com
  • A free online word processor, and presentation
    tool
  • http//www.tikatok.com/
  • Students can create stories and turn them into a
    book
  • http//pbskids.org/wordworld
  • A world where words come alive
  • http//readwritethink.org
  • 52 interactive activities related to reading,
    writing, and speaking
  • http//speakaboos.com

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Logical-Mathematical
  • http//zoho.com
  • Spreadsheet and data collection tools
  • http//ed.voicethread.com
  • Capture a sequence of events in an experiment or
    during problem solving
  • http//ilearntechnology.com/?p871
  • Click on Emerald Island. A virtual world where
    students can experiment and problem solve
  • http//sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk/index.php
  • Comics about science experiments, and problem
    solving games
  • http//toytheater.com/index.php
  • Math, reading, music and art puzzles
  • http//sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball
  • Logic puzzle games
  • http//mathplayground.com

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

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Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • http//www.learner.org/interactives/
  • 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.
  • http//sketchup.google.com/
  • This free drawing software from Google allows
    kinesthetic users to create, modify and share 3D
    models.
  • http//www.mynoteit.com/
  • 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.
  • http//www.flashcardexchange.com/
  • Flashcard Exchange is the world's largest
    flashcard library. Kinesthetic learners can
    improve their retention ability by making
    flashcards for this website.
  • http//www.eduplace.com/activity/
  • Education Place is designed for young (K-12)
    kinesthetic learners who want to explore various
    subjects through games and activities.

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Bodily-Kinesthetic
  • http//play.ekoloko.com
  • A virtual world that taps into mouse
    manipulation, typing, and manipulating objects on
    the
  • screen
  • http//classtools.net/education-games-php/jigsaw/
  • Allows students to link like ideas
  • http//arsights.com
  • 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
  • http//ge.ecomagination.com/smartgrid
  • Another augmented reality site that shows
    students a digital hologram of smart grid
  • technology

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Musical/Rhythmic
  • http//gcast.com
  • Students can create podcasts
  • http//toytheater.com
  • Students interact with music, sounds, and
    patterns
  • http//viddler.com
  • Record video with a webcam
  • http//playmusic.org
  • Students explore and interact with
    musichttp//kids.audible.com
  • Download and listen toaudiobooks
  • http//capzles.com
  • Create timelines with audio and video

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Interpersonal
  • http//play.ekoloko.com
  • A virtual world that allows students to interact
    and work on solving problems together
  • http//emeraldisland.com
  • 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
  • http//secretbuilders.com
  • An enchanting virtual world where students can
    interact with historical figures
  • httptutpup.com
  • A site that lets students practice spelling, and
    math facts against other students from around
  • the world in real time
  • http//ed.voicethread.com
  • Students can use Voicethread to complete projects
    together. It also provides the ability for
  • students to interact and comment on other
    students Voicethread projects

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Interpersonal
  • http//twitter.com
  • Create a personal learning community within your
    classroom, encourage students to share
  • learning experiences and new information
  • http//glogster.com/edu
  • A web 2.0 tool that allows students to create
    together and comment on other students Glogs
  • http//www2.shidonni.com
  • Students create an imaginary world and interact
    with other classmates virtually. They can
  • create worlds and stories together
  • http//think.com
  • Students can work on projects together, interact
    with other students and view other students
  • learning space

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Intrapersonal
  • http//think.com
  • Students can blog about their learning
  • http//wetpaint.com
  • A wiki where students can reflect on their
    learning
  • http//pbwiki.com
  • A wiki where students can create and reflect on
    their learning
  • http//eyeplorer.com
  • Students can search a topic of interest and take
    notes about their learning right
  • within the Eyeplorer website
  • http//kerpoof.com
  • Students can record and think about learning
    through story creation

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Naturalist
  • http//earth.google.com
  • Students can explore the earth with satellite
    imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings
  • http//google.com/sky
  • Students can explore the universe including the
    solar system, constellations, galaxies, and the
  • moon
  • http//arkive.org
  • Students learn about thousands of animals and
    their habitats
  • http//switcharoozoo.com
  • Students create animals, build habitats and learn
    about wildlife
  • http//nationalzoo.si.edu
  • Students can view live video of animals, view
    photo galleries, and visit exhibits

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Naturalist
  • http//wdl.org/en
  • Students can take a virtual field trip around the
    world and through time.
  • http//vistazoo.com
  • Virtual tours of the world by combining pictures,
    video, audio, and objects in 3-D

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

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