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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media - Edutopia | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?

Via John Evans
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Edutopia is always worth the time!

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 29, 2015 2:26 PM

Tools to add to your maker spaces or share with your research groups as they design their presentations....

CTD Institute's curator insight, January 29, 2015 3:31 PM

Great list of 50+ websites and blogs and apps that can be woven into content to provide opportunities for differentiated instruction.

CTD Institute's curator insight, February 2, 2015 4:31 PM

Included in the 50+ are 7 sites for ePortfolio creation and development (LiveBinder, Pathbrite, Portfolium, DoYouBuzz, FlavorsMe, Shown'd and OPResume; all things Google, and  blogs.

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Videos from the National Center On Universal Design for Learning

Videos from the National Center On Universal Design for Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
UDL Principles and Practice

This suite of videos was created to give examples of what UDL looks like in a classroom.Examples range from Grade 1 to Grade 6.

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These videos focus on Grades 1 to 6.  Accessibility, differentiation, and solid lesson designs all meet under the banner of UDL. 


Lots to apply to the face to face, blended and fully online K-12 classroom.


Universal = Everybody learns. 

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Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product"

Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product" | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo: An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom ChallengesThe ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.

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Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.    

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David Miles's curator insight, April 19, 2014 9:10 PM

I find it challenging to work out how to differentiate (or whether I am differentiating) lessons in secondary school classes where everything is driven by the needs of an examination system. This idea, that there are multiple incarnations of differentiation, I find quite helpful.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 2014 12:40 PM
Dennis T OConnor's insight: Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.
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Smartpen - How to use it - Wow! This is simple! - livescribe co nz

How to use the Livescribe pen. 


Once you grasp the concept of this technology, it will blow your mind. ~Dennis

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What Ed Said: 10 ways to differentiate learning…

What Ed Said: 10 ways to differentiate learning… | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Once upon a time in the olden days, the teacher stood out front and taught the whole class the same material in the same way. Everyone was expected to do the same tasks, some passed and some failed and were labelled ever after. The focus was on teaching, not on learning. One size was supposed to fit all and if you learned in a different way, too bad for you.


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ed out that everyone didn’t learn in the same way after all. The teacher realised that learners have different needs, interests and abilities. Differentiated instruction was invented. The teacher prepared different tasks for each group in her class and preparation now took a whole lot longer. The needs of the learner were being better catered for, but the teacher was up all night.

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Helping To Educate Autistic Children: There's An App For That

Helping To Educate Autistic Children: There's An App For That | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The iPad is increasingly becoming a top tool for educating autistic children. And one local nonprofit is helping families capitalize on this cutting-edge technology.

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Diversifying the Role Course Content Plays

Diversifying the Role Course Content Plays | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog -


We all pretty much agree that we try to cover too much material in our courses, programs, and majors, but the thought of leaving things out often causes personal and profession anguish. We argue with ourselves that a certain piece of content is too important to cut, and our students need to know the information to pass certifying exams and to get jobs. Then there are departmental expectations. Most courses establish knowledge bases for subsequent courses. Our colleagues are depending on us. We further complicate matters by making course and instructor reputations a function of content quantity. A decrease in the amount covered means lower standards and a dilution of the intellectual currency of the course. Bottom line: We know we’ve got a problem, but these realities and our thinking have us backed into a corner.


Burkholder asks a question that creates some space in which to move. “What should the role of content be?” I vote for multiple roles.

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Useful insights that might shake up your assumptions just a bit. 

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Donna Farren's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:57 AM

Great insight coming at a great time!  I just said to a colleague I have about 5 days worth of content ready for a two and a half hour training!  How to scale back is always my dilemma.  Especially in introductory classes - how much is enough to get people going?  I appreciate this post and will refer to it often. 

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Edutopia: Blended Learning: Resource Roundup

Edutopia: Blended Learning: Resource Roundup | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
We've collected resources from Edutopia and the Web to help you navigate the possibilities of blended learning, an approach that combines face-to-face and technology-mediated learning, with some student control over time, path, place, or pace.
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Here's a deep pool of curated content on blended learning from Edutopia. 

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The 200 Best Special Education Apps | Edudemic

The 200 Best Special Education Apps | Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

If you’re a special education teacher or are simply looking for an innovative way to reach a student… this is for you. Many apps out there are useful in the classroom but they’re not always easy to find in the clogged-up app store.

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Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Kathleen McClaskey and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.


Via Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey
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Barbara Bray's comment, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM
Thank you for your comment. Kathleen and I are looking for feedback on how educators are using this chart.
rwteam's comment, January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
I am in Wisconsin and we are part of CESA 1 NxGL. I team teach with 42 kindergarten kids and we are using personalized learning. We are working through the tangles of being able to personalize with kids who are just learning to read, write and compute. It has always been a struggle to be able to differentiate the difference between true personalized learning vs. differentiation and individualization. You have done a beautiful job of creating a chart that makes this clearer for all stakeholders. This chart will be useful for helping colleagues, administration and parents see the true definition of personalized learning and the potential that it holds.
Kathleen McClaskey's comment, January 23, 2012 4:18 PM
Hello rwteam in WI,

Thank you for your comments on this chart that Barbara and I created. We would be glad to have you share this with your colleagues in WI and elsewhere. We commend you and your teams in CESA 1 NxGL on the hard work that you are doing to make personalized learning a realty for your students.
Kathleen
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How Will Personalized Learning Really Work?

How Will Personalized Learning Really Work? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
“How will personalized learning really  work?” The question was asked today by someone who should know the answer—the strategy director for an educational software company.  But that’s the nature of the dynamic shift underway.
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