Tech Task #2 for ECMP 355

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The question I chose to look at for this tech task was, “How can we use technology to differentiate instruction?” I started by doing a Google search with this question. I wanted to find out what others had to say. I found so much information, too much even. There was lots that was great but it was too time consuming to go through it all. Eventually I had to call it quits as it was getting ridiculous. Below is the results of what I found, incorporating my past knowledge, opinion on the topic, and experience with this topic.

During my entire faculty of education experience, I have been hearing tons about multiple intelligences and differentiated instruction, how each student is a unique individual and all students learn but in different ways. Having completed my internship really proves this. I believe that technology is a great way to provide differentiated instruction. It addresses auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic learners, just to name a few. While there are some risks to using technology in the classroom, such as inaccurate or biased information, information overload, and wasted time, there are even more benefits. Below I will list a few.

  • Benefit #1: There are a million and one websites out there that provide for differentiated learning in the classroom. While it is time consuming to find them all, it is worth it when you do. Here are some interesting ones that I found.
Create a Graph-use this site to create many different types of graphs
Bio-Cube-use this site to create a bio-cube, which is like a summary of a person’s life and can later be used to write a biography. With this site is also the Bio-Cube Planning Sheet.
Acrostic Poems-this site helps students brainstorm and create an acrostic poem
Character Trading Cards-this site allows students to make character trading cards about a character in a book they have read
  • Benefit #2: You can use technology for assessment. This can include online quizzes, where you can use pictures and videos, electronic presentations, videos, audio clips, etc.
  • Benefit #3: You can provide choice. There are lots of option for students to use technology to show what they know. Some ideas I found are:
1) writing-word processed documents or web pages
2) drawing or animating using a computer program
3) using a digital camera to take photographs
4) speaking-such as during a presentation using the computer
5) performing-role-plays, dance, playing an instrument, engaging in a sport, conducting an experiment, demonstrating how to build or create something
6) recording-sound recording, using a video camera to make a video, using editing software
7) using a calculator to help solve complex Math problems
  • Benefit #4: You can use many different forms of technology, such as power point presentations, videos, images, audio clips, prezis, etc. to teach a topic to your students
Overall, technology is a major plus to use in the classroom. Below are some of the websites I looked at in answering the above question. They gave me lots of great ideas, more than I could possibly make note of on one post.
1) Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction-especially the intake option, process options, and presentation options
2)Differentiating Instruction Using Technology-a pdf document with lots of great ideas
3)A reflection on changing times-a sixth grade teacher′s testimony
4)Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction-this site gives tons of links to other websites that can be used to differentiate instruction in a classroom
What do you think? Feel free to comment with your opinion or any ideas you have that I may have missed (there’s so much I know I missed something).
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Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hey there-

    I was just browsing through some of the posts in your class (got here through @courosa) and this one caught my eye. I’m a big proponent of using technology to differentiate and I’ve been a big fan of Gardner’s MI Theory for a long time now.

    Anyway, I wrote a post up last year about how to incorporate tech with Multiple Intelligences. It’s a list of tools I’ve found for each. Hope it helps somewhat!

    http://edtechsteve.blogspot.com/2010/03/targeting-multiple-intelligences-with.html


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