Implementing differentiated instruction: the good and the bad

Neo LMS

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching focused on students and their uniqueness. Furthermore, students have individual learning preferences, abilities, and pace. While doing this in a classroom of 12, 25, 30 or more learners is a challenge for teachers, through differentiated instruction educators can ensure that every student has a fair chance to educational development. What is differentiated instruction? The learning environment.

Achieve3000 updates blended learning, differentiated instruction tools

eSchool News

Achieve3000 offers innovative new ways to empower blended learning and accelerate student literacy gains through differentiated instruction in the 2016-2017 school year. Using Achieve3000’s patented and proven method of online differentiated instruction, students of all ability levels work with grade-appropriate content delivered at 12 levels in English and 7 levels in Spanish, along with scaffolding precisely tailored for their learning needs.

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TEACHER VOICE: Already affected by crisis in their own countries, refugee students are left behind in online learning

The Hechinger Report

What does this mean for teaching and learning? As reopening guidelines remain varied and in seemingly permanent flux, we must remember that children across the country simply haven’t experienced consistent online teaching and learning. In my role as program manager for the Refugee Educator Academy at the Center for Learning in Practice , I am in a unique position to contribute to a change of course for professional learning and educational practice.

Wooclap

Technology Tidbits

Wooclap is an excellent learning tool that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog that is ideal for Distance Learning. This is a great tool for educators to assess student learning and differentiate instruction. assessing differentiate instruction distance learning online learning

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Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. I also use online web tools and applications to increase interactivity and engagement. I believe that the teacher can use this forum for short lectures but, again, they should be short as the power of synchronous Zoom meetings is that it permits interactivity and active learning. To do online research about a given topic. It works online in your browser.

Planning for Differentiation of Instruction

N2Y

The task of adjusting instruction to meet a range of needs in a classroom can sometimes feel daunting. But incredible student gains can be made after teachers think through three specific areas of instruction. A key resource for planning for differentiation is the IEP.

Using Blended and Online Learning to Drive Academic Growth

District Administration

Key considerations for using this learning model effectively District Administration Custom Publishing Group Online and blended learning continue to grow in use as instructional models while redefining the education landscape, creating better academic outcomes by providing students with the personalized attention, support and resources they need, while enabling teachers to spend more time differentiating instruction.

Actively Learn

Technology Tidbits

Actively Learn is a site I've covered many times in the past and is excellent for comprehension/reading where educators can take a text and make it their "own" by adding questions, assessments, polls, to assess a student's learning and differentiate instruction. Recently, Actively Learn announced they will help w/ online learning during school closures by making their learning platform free through the end of the summer.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

Missouri’s Kansas City Public Schools Selects Discovery Education to Support a Community-Wide Commitment to Student Learning and Success

eSchool News

Missouri’s Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) has selected Discovery Education to support the district’s community-wide commitment to student learning and success. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to reinforce KCPS’s deep, community-wide commitment to student learning and success.

iPracticeMath

Technology Tidbits

It even lets users print out the answers or view them online. Not only are these reports generated in real-time but they make it easy to assess students and differentiate instruction, making it a vital resource for both school and in home instruction. Finally, w/ Ten Marks shutting down and school out for Summer, parents can use this to stop summer learning loss or use for online learning and homeschooling.

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This year''s conference is titled "Exploring Together: Blended and Online Learning" and focuses on four themes: blended and online learning, student health and well being, student assessment, and accreditation. During our morning sessions, participants were involved in rotating through a series of three stations: collaborative, independent, and direct instruction. My first group was direct instruction.

Combatting the Challenges of the Concurrent Classroom with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

As I support teachers struggling to navigate the demands of the concurrent classroom, I find myself continually returning to the station rotation model as a strategy to design and facilitate learning for this challenging teaching assignment. Whole group direct instruction is ineffective.

Reframing ed tech to save teachers time and reduce workloads

The Hechinger Report

For much of the previous decade, advocates of education technology imagined a classroom where computer algorithms would differentiate instruction for each student, delivering just the right lessons at the right time, like a personal tutor. The evidence that students learn better this way has not been strong and, instead, we’re reading reports that technology use at school sometimes hurts student achievement. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

How Teaching Compares to Working in an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The same person who teaches great lessons and is intuitive and explicit in differentiating instruction for students in not necessarily great at writing up that lesson for others to use. The Startup Blog Ed-tech Entrepreneurship Innovation Online Learning startup Startup Life teachers TeachingThe ed-tech startup boom is being driven by former teachers. This is great because they are the ones who know what is needed in the classroom and what works with students.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In the past six months, we have seen at least a dozen schools that have shifted from using a single model of blended learning to using multiple models that have either joined the BLU or updated their BLU profiles.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers.

Need Inspiration Designing Station Rotation Lessons for your Math, English, History, or Science Class?

Catlin Tucker

As teachers navigate online learning, hybrid schedules, or the demands of the concurrent classroom, I’ve recommended the station rotation model. Instead, they shift from one learning activity to the next. Learning

Full-time online school launches in Georgia using FuelEd (Aventa)

eSchool News

FuelEd, Vidalia City Board of Education open full-time online school for Georgia students. has partnered with personalized learning provider Fuel Education (formerly Aventa Learning) to launch a new full-time online learning program for K-12. The public, full-time online school, Vidalia Academy, offers students across the state of Georgia the opportunity to learn in a flexible educational model that is tailored to each student’s needs.

The pivotal role of edtech in the hybrid classroom

Neo LMS

They were unprepared for the vast impact the virus would have on how students learn and education settings operate. They need to be aware of the options and solutions available to them to ensure teaching and learning can continue as seamlessly as possible, whatever the future holds.

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20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course.

Using adaptive learning to personalize learning experiences

Neo LMS

The ideal learning process for a student is one that adapts to that student’s every need: the surrounding environment, the actual content of the lesson, the method of delivery, the types of assessment — and everything in between. How adaptive learning works. E-learning

Top Learning Tools when School is Closed

Technology Tidbits

As with almost everything technology-based, remote teaching and learning has been on a steady increase in recent years. With the rapid spread of the virus forcing more and more schools around the United States and the world to close, many teachers are now having to rely solely on technology to deliver instruction (preferably effective) to their remote students. Adventure Academy - Similar to ABCmouse, this online curriculum is for ages 8-13 in Math, Reading, and Science.

Station Rotation in an Era of Social Distancing

Catlin Tucker

Many are unsure if they will be returning to school on a traditional schedule, a blended learning schedule, or completely online. Teachers are questioning how the instructional strategies they have used in the past will work if students are coming to school on a modified schedule or if they are learning online. It makes differentiating instruction more manageable. It creates smaller learning communities within the larger class. Learning

How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Develop the core of a Personal Learning Network.

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills. In this blog post, you’ll discover ten topics that can help you improve your online or blended classroom. Check out Designing Online Assessments for Students — a course that can help you in this area.

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The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

42 Distance Learning and Inspiring Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Over the past months, many educators have been sharing resources, best practices, and more about distance learning. Summer Learning 20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer – a blog post I wrote on twenty concepts to help you this summer along with links to some suggested courses from Advancement Courses.

How Remote PD is Helping This District Get Back to School

Edsurge

Education technology continually examines and redesigns pedagogy in an attempt to meet the learning needs of our students. But rarely do we apply this same level of commitment and creativity to the learning experiences of educators.

10 blended learning resources for schools

eSchool News

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. For over five years, we at the Christensen Institute have been collecting data on blended-learning schools from around the world. In 2016, we launched our redesigned Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—a hub for resources and research, including a directory of schools practicing blended learning.

7 programs that are transforming education

eSchool News

Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming education, the way teachers teach, and how students learn. Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds.

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. In fact, computer labs are still a key stepping stone for many schools aiming to transform instruction.

6 things this district learned from a move to blended learning

eSchool News

Like other similar districts, we meet our students’ needs through enhancing instruction, building strong relationships between students and their teachers, and creating opportunities for students to take ownership of their learning. For years, we’ve been working toward blended learning because we felt it would be the answer to meeting the needs of our students. After the pilot, we saw how blended learning could help meet our students’ needs.

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. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. In 2013, when we published our hybrids paper , Clay Christensen, Michael Horn, and Heather Staker predicted that the Station Rotation would remain the most popular blended-learning model at the elementary school level for years to come.