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Daniel Lunk
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February 2011
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Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by process using technology.

This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include:

The videos are associated with the article “Inclusion in the 21st-Century Classroom: Differentiating with Technology.”


Christina Zack (00:08)
There’s so much technology out there. If you’re not utilizing it, and you’re not showing the kids how to utilize it, you’re really doing them a disservice. I used to use the blackboard a lot, I had sidewalk chalk in all different colors. Well now, I could never save that, so that if students missed class, and they didn’t know what the notes would be, now I can actually put that on Blackboard, and they’ll have it at their leisure.
It’s just nice to be able to have access to the information that you’re giving in class twenty-four-seven. I’m using the Mobi device and I’m using the graphing calculator on the LCD projector a lot. I think that what the kids really like about it, the Mobi, they can actually write on themselves, so a lot of times when we’re doing the examples, I’ll pass the Mobi around, and say "Okay, who wants to do the next one?" and the hands will go up. Now for some reason, if I say to them, "All right, who wants to come up to the board and do these problems?" I don’t usually see as many hands but maybe it’s just because they feel more comfortable, they’re sitting in their seat, and they’re not up in front of the class that makes it better for them.
And a lot of them just like to see what it can do, you know, as far as writing on the pad and having it project onto the screen, they think that’s neat. The graphing calculator, you can put that directly on the LCD projector, and that came in handy because a lot of the kids were typing in things incorrectly, or they would have it in the wrong mode, degree versus radian, things like that.
So they could actually see exactly which mode to put it in, and they can look at the screen, and see — and look at their calculator, and see exactly what’s going on. And I also do the screen shots of the calculator, and then I can write on the calculator and highlight things to make sure they’re rounding correctly, or just to make sure, you know, their graph, I can show them the solutions of the graphs by looking at the zeros and actually writing on the calculator and showing them the zeros. So it’s really cool because you can do that all in color, and then you can save that, and, you know, put that right in your document. So, again, they have that visual aid that they’re looking at, and it’s clear cut, concise, and hopefully, you know, they’re not going to have any questions after looking at it.
Leila Moog (02:30)
What I think has changed most about teaching with technology is communication. We can communicate twenty-four-seven, so if your student happens to be up at three in the morning, they can access some of the information. Every student at this school has to have a Blackboard site, and so that’s a communicative tool to students. It tells them their assignments, maybe when their next test is, and to parents and to the community. So they’re constantly putting out information for these students. Learning is at such a fast rate, it really helps to reinforce to have it out there for them, review sheets, etc.
Becky Goddard (03:10)
We’ve applied to the real world. Today they had to go online and find cookie recipes, and one of the things that we’re doing with it is, some students will double their recipes, some will, you know, multiply theirs by one and a half, and these are skills that — especially as a mom, you know, baking brownies for a class — I have to be able to do that. That’s one of the skills that we’re able to do. But they’re able to search it online, they’re going to create a project with it, and then the final product will be an online cookbook on Youblisher.com that I’ll upload that they can access and share with their parents and their friends and their family over the holidays.
And so that is a real-world experience for them. We’re able to use numbers, the spreadsheet program. The students do a lot of work with reading graphs, and making some predictions from graphs, as the year progresses we do more and more, and that’s a real world application for our technology that we have. Creativity is a real-world application. Being able to problem-solve and make it work is important in understanding the thinking outside of this math worksheet is important.
Jeremy Cox (04:12)
I think going into it I imagined that, there would be one type of student that would embrace the technology, the so called "geek," the "techno-nerd," as it were, who would really be able to just run with it and do anything that I or any other teacher would ask them to do. But it really hasn’t been the case where only one type of student has really benefited. Every student is capable of doing different things with the technology. There are some students that are really good at making an iMovie. There are some students that are really good at putting together a spreadsheet, but when I get them together, they really sort of feed off of each other’s abilities. So I try to create assignments where they have different components.
Maybe you need to do an iMovie and produce some kind of flyer in pages. So by working together on those two separate types of technology, they can develop skills that they may not have had going into it. So it’s not really one type of student, one demographic, one type of exceptionality that has benefited more from the technology. It’s really all students that benefit in different ways. And that’s really what we hope to achieve here.
Becky Goddard (05:21)
I believe that technology motivates our students. Being able to use the technology is a true motivator. They’re more motivated through technology. However, when it boils down to it, the true motivator for students, it’s just understanding that someone’s there to encourage them, not make them feel bad, not, you know, judge them. So I think students are motivated to my expectations. You know, if I’m their biggest cheerleader, then they don’t want to disappoint me, they want to please me, and they want me to see that they’re working hard.
Leila Moog (05:56)
We as teachers now are more guidance rather than leaders. And I don’t think it’s necessary to have you regurgitate the information, like maybe when we went to school, and memorize everything. If we can make sure they know how to find out the information, that’s more our role.