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Rohans Digital Differentiated Instructional Strategies Guide


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:15 PM

This pdf file looks at "differentiated instructional strategies that included digital pedagogy and 21st Century skills." There are five major sections which include:

* Content - What Students Need to Learn

* Process - How Students Learn

* Product - How Students Demonstrate what they Know

* Environment - How Learning is Structured
* Recipe - Suggestions on how to put it Together

Each of the sections above also include:

* Guiding Focus Questions

* Digital Pedagogy which relates to the specific area

* Resources which support the digital pedagogy

This is a work in progress with the goal to create a website in the future. Additional areas to be covered include "Dimensions or Learning and Literacy demands."

There are many great resources in this as well as guiding questions that you may find valuable.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:51 AM

Beth's summary is a good one. Some food for thought. This thorough and thoughtful study includes a variety of digital tools as options.

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Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun

Learning Never Stops: 50 websites that help make learning science fun | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Without a doubt my most popular posts have consistently been science websites. Below, I have combined all the science websites that I have shared so far and have added nine new ones. Whether you have been following my blog, or if this is your first time, I promise you will find many great resources for your students."


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 7, 9:52 PM

What an incredibly well-sourced collation of resources...follow this immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth Brookfield's curator insight, April 8, 5:35 AM

Must check a few of these out...

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a

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Ideas to expand thinking on current assessments, particularly for those who do not test well. Thx Beth Dichter!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 6:24 PM

As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

  • Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are Permitted
  • Take-Home Tests
  • Student-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

  • Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

    • Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

    Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 24, 1:46 PM

    As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

    The first three suggestions are:

    Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are PermittedTake-Home TestsStudent-Made Tests

    These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

    The next suggestion is:

    Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

    This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

    The final suggestion is:

    Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

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    27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic

    27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!

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    Thx Beth!

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    Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 16, 2:11 AM

    A bunch of down to earth advices to help you catch up and/or keep your creativity flowing. 

    Maryalice Leister's curator insight, March 16, 7:44 AM

    Appropriate when considering my personal creativity focus. Excellent visual.

    Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 6:05 PM

    I love this infographic. What do you think about the ideas?

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    7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs |

    7 Great Strength-Based Universal Design for Learning Apps for Students with Special Needs | | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    ADHD tech. Thx Charmaine

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    Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:04 PM

    I always have learned a lot from Thomas Armstrong!

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    How to Apply Gamification in Education

    How to Apply Gamification in Education | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
     
    Gamification, and the gamification of education in particular, is a huge and complex area. We have written about gamification in the past (in the form of educational apps that gamify subjects such as maths or languages).

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    Best Practices: Using Moodle Badges to Gamify Learning

    Best Practices: Using Moodle Badges to Gamify Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    How are you currently engaging students in your classroom? What’s working, what’s not, and what’s missing? In today’s blog, we introduce Moodle badges, a feature designed to add reward and recognition to your classroom.

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    Dorian Love's curator insight, January 8, 2:09 AM

    Some useful tips!

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    Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning

    Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    The common core standards are transitioning the way literacy is taught in science classrooms. These strategies will help assist teachers in the transition.
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    ELA Common Core for Science comprehension

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    The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

    The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    "We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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    Thanks for passing along this excellent graphic/explanation of the difference PBL and Projects, John

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    Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 5, 2013 6:57 AM

    Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

    Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:31 AM

    Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

    Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:28 AM

    I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.

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    Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

    Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many na

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    Chris Carter's comment, August 2, 2013 11:28 PM
    Thank you, HJackson!
    Chris Carter's comment, August 3, 2013 8:56 AM
    Thank you, Mariam!
    Chris Carter's comment, August 7, 2013 8:57 PM
    You are very welcome, Ibligen!
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    Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times

    Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    She was a mentor. She was an innovator. She was a fighter for students, academic rigor, and achievement. I use the past tense not because my colleague has passed away but because her positivity has.
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    I needed this little life preserver amidst the tsunami of information

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    27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School

    27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    We're all in this together and figuring out how to encourage teamwork in school is something every administrator, teacher, and student should know how to do.
    The post 27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School appeared first on Edudemic.

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    Thanx to Pink Salmon

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    How To Add Rigor To Anything

    How To Add Rigor To Anything | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    "Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.

    It is also among the most troublesome due to its relativity. Rigorous for whom? And more importantly, how can you “cause” it?

    Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous.

    Myth #1: Lots of Homework is a Sign of Rigor
    Myth #2: Rigor Means Doing More
    Myth #3: Rigor is Not For Everyone
    Myth #4: Providing Support Means Lessening Rigor
    Myth #5: Resources Do Not Equal Rigor"


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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 27, 2013 4:29 PM

    How can we add rigor to lesson plans? For 10 strategies check out this post. Five of the strategies are listed below (with more information about them in the post):
    * Necessitate a transfer of knowledge

    * Require students to synthesizing multiple sources

    * Design tasks with multiple steps that build cognitively

    * Use divergent perspectives

    * Use divergent media forms

    The post also provides a great Rigor Rubric that looks at the four levels (as in Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 as found in the new assessment for Race to the Top) as well as two areas, Curriculum and Instruction. Curriculum is divided into Content, Connections, Perspective and Texts/Materials. Instruction is divided into Delivery by Teacher, Depth and Reflection.

    Consider sharing this rubric in your school and engaging teachers in a discussion of how we can best provide rigor to our students.

    Hanya Lamp's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:31 PM

    Rigor is not "more of it;" it's scaffolding towards greater complexity.

    David Baker's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:48 PM

    10 steps and Myths for Rigor will be a really good conversation at PIE.

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    Apps for Flipped Classroom

    Apps for Flipped Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
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    Awesome apps lists for the Flipped classroom and SPED

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    Blooms-Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit

    Blooms-Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    Thx Susan Bainbridge!

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    What Went Well and Why

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    Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, March 2, 2:33 AM

    Do this simple exercise yourself –and find out how IEP teams could use it– just Click on the link. http://www.visionsandvoicestogether.com/newsletters

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    Differentiated Instruction: “Ignite learner thinking in their style” | Expect Success

    Differentiated Instruction: “Ignite learner thinking in their style” | Expect Success | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    With a new approach, differentiated instruction can be easy and allow you to ignite learner thinking in their style.

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    Learning Style Blooms! Thx, Charmaine.

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    Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies (Infographic)

    Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies (Infographic) | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    "Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently."


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    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, February 19, 6:12 PM

    Thanks Beth

    Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 1, 6:24 PM

    These are helpful.

    Cheryl Lambert's curator insight, March 23, 2:08 PM

    Helpful instructional tool.

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    What is Gamification?

    This presentation highlights areas of gamification and looks at some examples from professional organizations and the accounting field.

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    10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

    10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    Thanks Susan

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    Jeannine Huffman's curator insight, January 16, 9:33 PM

    ...like it!

    Bart van Maanen's curator insight, January 17, 5:11 AM

    Hier is ook in Nederland nog een wereld te winnen. Als de politiek zich nu eens wat minder hijgerig met onderwijs bezig zou houden en (goedopgeleide) docenten hun werk zou laten doen.

    Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, January 22, 4:22 AM

    In addition to helping students acquire new knowledge, teachers today also need to guide students in developing the skills they need to become more self-determined and lifelong learners. These are competencies that can help teachers do just that.

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    5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students

    5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    "When we hear the word genius, certain people come immediately to mind—Albert Einstein in mathematics, or Warren Buffett in investing—but what exactly sets these people apart?

    It’s easy to simply shrug and say to ourselves, “Those people are just different.  They have something most people don’t, and it’s as simple as that.”

    But the steps taken to arrive at a place of genius are actually more concrete, and have less to do with innate talent, than you might think.

    When it comes to cultivating intelligence, mindset is a huge factor..."


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    I love this! Help your students discover their inner genius. Thanks Beth

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:34 PM

    Learn about the characteristics of genius in this post as well as five strategies to create a growth mindset in children. Two are listed below:

    * Perseverance

    * Praise the process, not the person

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    Common Core in Action: How Two Science Teachers are Implementing Common Core

    Common Core in Action: How Two Science Teachers are Implementing Common Core | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    While math and English language arts teachers have a much more direct call for Common Core implementation, teachers in other content areas are also being called to implement the Common Core State Sta
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    I am finding that my view of my job is being reshaped. As this article and the common core suggest, while I have trained as a Science teacher, I really should have been trained to teach skills using science as the content. This article reinforces that idea and helps with my retraining.

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    Superhero Science

    Superhero Science | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.

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    Thanks to Phil Vinogradov

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    Philip Vinogradov's curator insight, September 5, 2013 2:31 PM

    A great way to preview concepts!

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    Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

    Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
    "Character is at least as important as intellect."

    Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggednes

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    Another interesting Article from Pink Salmon. Both Motivation + volition = Success

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    8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

    8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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    Something to be everyone!

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    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 28, 2013 11:19 PM

    Thx Beth

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:21 AM

    from Susan Bainbridge

    Amale Aldarwish's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:50 PM

     Here are a list of 8 Avatar tools and short description of its outcome. These tools can be used for a variety of educational purposes with our students in the classroom. Also there is a mention of other free comic tools which are used to create cartoons and comic strips for educational uses. Here is the link http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/01/free-tools-to-create-comic-strips.html

    What is an avatar?
    An avatar is a figure or character that you can create and customize the way you want. You can use this character to interact with other friends online. Users have the full control of what they want to feature for example the kind of background, accessories, clothes...etc.

    This Prezi introduce avatargeneration:

    http://prezi.com/89wtsvzi0kil/avatargeneration/

    AvatarGeneration is an educational technology news and resource website. AvatarGeneration gives educators an up-to date directory and search engine of educational technology Apps, Educational Games, Virtual Worlds and Teaching Tools. We also dig around the web for new, exciting content, to keep educators interested in educational technology.

    www.avatargeneration.com

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    TeachingwithiPad.org: Dropbox for Dummies: Why You Shouldn't Need Your USB Key Again

    TeachingwithiPad.org: Dropbox for Dummies: Why You Shouldn't Need Your USB Key Again | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

    "Dropbox is my number one productivity tool that I use every single day, both for teaching and personal purposes. If you are still toting around USB thumb-drives and moving files from your home and work computers that way, keep on reading. If not, feel free to check out some of my more advanced Dropbox articles listed below.

     

    For the completely uninitiated, Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that is free for the everyday user. Dropbox will give you (a rather paltry) 2GB of space when you first sign up. You can increase your free space to up to 19GB by doing certain tasks (referrals will net you an extra 500MB each). If you find that you need extra space, you can opt to purchase additional storage of up to 500GB total."


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    Thanks for sharing, John. I teach in a different classroom every period and Dropbox has saved me from myself. I have left behind innumerable flash drives during my travels and Dropbox has eliminated the need to carry anything physical. This has been a big time and sanity saver.

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    Chelle Cordero's comment, September 1, 2013 10:03 AM
    As a writer Dropbox has been wonderful for me keeping (duplicate) updated versions of my WIPs so I don't have to fear corrupt files or crashes and losing hours of work.
    norm lawlor's curator insight, September 1, 2013 11:56 AM

    Not that I need a lot GB but maybe later my dropbox is xnlife

    RitaZ's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:36 AM

    Wonderful tool, Dropbox!  a must !