Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. They are drawn to information that is presented visually. |Kelly Tenkely|.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

One of the things that I really appreciate about MobyMax is the mix of direct instruction and the ability for students to discover learning on their own through discovery-based instruction. As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Lexia Reading Core5 is an online literacy program developed with an instructional model and scope and sequence based on research published in numerous peer reviewed journals.

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School


- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Using a blog hits many important curriculum areas, such as differentiating instruction as well as meeting many Common Core Standards (see here & here for examples). Everything done with social media is done to help create a transparent learning environment, teach 21st century skills and proper use of related digital tools, and meet the needs of all learners through differentiation while also meeting CCSS.

Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we’ll have an “old fashioned” tool share at 2 pm in the room. Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources


We are in a day and age where information and resources are at our fingertips. Secondary examples: Synthesize primary sources of information on the same topic from different perspectives. Compare secondary sources of information to the primary source.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Partners with Discovery Ed


Discovery Education will support EBR’s educators with digital content and professional learning that aims to help them develop a culture of STEM teaching and learning at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School and Park Elementary School. For more information, visit

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. Giving learners tasks a little above their ability levels is actually a definition for differentiated instruction.

Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum


Florida’s second largest district partners with Learning A-Z to provide its elementary schools with professional learning and an award-winning curriculum resource that blends science and literacy TUCSON—Aug. Resources can be used for one-to-one, small-group, and whole-class instruction.

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…

eSchool News

We had surprising outcomes from students with special needs,” said Jamie Morgan, an elementary school teacher in the Wichita Falls ISD in Texas. Morgan began the Chromebook initiative by hosting a “Meet the Chromebooks” information night for her kindergarten parents.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students


It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all students thrive in our schools. The key strategy to get to this level of understanding involves a tried-and-true instructional practice: formative assessments and feedback.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Information communications technology – 0.47. Technology with elementary students – 0.44. Online learning also gives teachers new options for how they group students, provide feedback, and use instructional time. When we look at many of the “offline” activities that online learning makes possible—such as small group instruction and mastery-based learning—we see even more favorable effects, ranging from around 0.3

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


Pre-Conference: Power Up ( click here )* I Teach K ( click here ) I Teach 1st ( click here )* Singapore Math Strategies ( click here ) Differentiated Instruction ( click here )* I am presenting at three of the conferences.

4 keys to supporting college and career readiness

eSchool News

Our efforts seem to be paying off, as all of our elementary and middle schools are rated by the state as either “shows progress” or “excels” in terms of reading and math achievement. We would not have known this was a problem without our common district assessments to evaluate instruction.

TEACHER VOICE: How students in one Massachusetts town learned to love coding

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of students in Plymouth public elementary schools participate in Hour of Code, a lynchpin in our technology curriculum for the past three years. With apps and online lessons, we’re able to differentiate instruction for students by level and interest. Boy using a tablet.

Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards


Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. PowerUp is designed to enhance core English language arts instruction for non-proficient readers in grades 6 and above. For more information, visit

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

Base groupings on information: Use pre-tests, formatives assessments, learning styles, and even student interest surveys to divvy up the students. For instance, one group might need constant prompts and direction instruction while another is set with a learning goal and list of resources.

What teachers want in a data dashboard

eSchool News

When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited. Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said.

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Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom. Look for contact information at the Booking Site. Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class


Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Brandi Todd has been an elementary teacher for sixteen years.

New Hampshire testing pilot breaks the federal accountability mold

The Christensen Institute

Starting this year, the four PACE implementing districts—Sanborn Regional, Rochester, Epping, and Souhegan—will administer the Smarter Balanced assessment once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school (in three grades instead of seven). Many New Hampshire high school students, even under the new law, still experience cohort-based instruction, testing, and grading. This week the U.S.

Mentoring Minds Unveils Total Motivation – North Carolina


North Carolina unpacks and explains all the standards and gives teachers access to proven instructional strategies for planning content-driven lessons, differentiating instruction and creating thinking-centered classrooms.

How to make math a key part of your ELL curriculum

eSchool News

Historically, English language learner (ELL) instruction has primarily focused on reading and writing. Middle school students are still at the elementary level, and upper elementary students are still figuring out the basics of numeracy.

Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Launches New STEM Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education


As part of this effort, district educators have for years integrated Discovery Education Streaming Plus , a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas provided by Louisiana Public Broadcasting , into classroom instruction.


I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction


Yet, I don''t recall a class library or being taken to the school''s library (only in elementary). A practical lesson planning process to use with the Common Core, based on Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Ed., Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding.

Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the language of mathematics can be a challenge. At Compton Unified, ELL students receive differentiated instruction with a teacher and language development through blended learning activities, Michele explained.

Part 4: 20 Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Engagement

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. Look for contact information at the Booking Site. Part 4: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Engagement.

It's Easier Than Ever to Provide Differentiation in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

With so many apps and online programs available for students, it's getting easier all the time to provide differentiation in student lessons and projects. Classrooms and libraries are taking on a new look and purpose now that mobile technology allows a freedom of instruction and learning that was not possible a few years ago. Over the last five years, our district's library staff has worked hard to redesign the elementary, middle, and high school libraries.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

10 Free Learning Websites for Kids 51 Great Tools for educators and students to use [link] Richland School District Two 1TWO1 Digital Starter Kit [link] Excellent collection of web apps, sorted by category, with lots of information and ideas for using the web apps in class. Students can then begin recording additional information or ideas to their documents or presentations. Students can isolate structures or body parts and get instant information about each.

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students


In the spring of 2015, Denver elementary teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to complete this sentence in writing: “I wish my teacher knew. ” Having the information formatted this way also makes it immediately clear which students a teacher needs to get to know better.

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New K to 5 Science Kits Feature Digital Simulations from Science Education Leader Carolina Biological


The program can help elementary teachers fit science into busy school days. Teachers need a variety of ways to deliver concepts and differentiate instruction in order to reach every student.

No Student Is Unreachable

TeachThought - Learn better.

While there is much discussion about the “debunking” of the “myth” of multiple intelligences, the fact of the matter is that multiple intelligences can provide a kind of framework to diversify and differentiate instruction for all students.

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program


NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3. For more information, visit.

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting


Ron Ashkenas, partner emeritus of Schaffer Consulting School districts around the country are adopting personalized learning—a pedagogy often described as a way to encourage learning that is individualized, differentiated and student-driven through technology. But for others, the teacher is still central to the picture, using technology as a means to support differentiated instruction. Probably not because we're not there every day providing the instruction.”

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Autographed Books : (per Amazon): In The Book Whisperer , Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. per Heinemann website): Troy Hicks holds sight on good writing workshop instruction.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners


Information from students’ activities on the platform is combined with qualitative feedback from educators to inform teachers, parents and most importantly, students themselves about their learning progression. What sets Summit apart is how they combine the technology and an instructional model around a belief that students such as Pozo can become self-directed learners. The outside of Truesdell Elementary in Washington D.C.

Creating a Culture of STEAM Teaching and Learning the Focus of Florida’s Marion County Public Schools’ New Partnership with Discovery Education


To help achieve this goal, the district is creating modern learning environments by introducing Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content into classroom instruction at selected MCPS elementary and middle schools. A comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information.


How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms


This will not be another article about how you need to use data to drive your instruction. Instead, let's take a look at some ways to use data regularly in your classroom and take some of the pain out of obtaining it to differentiate instruction. Formative assessments give us an idea of what our students are understanding during instruction, and can be embedded in the lesson activities.

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