• Digital Differentiation:  Let the Technology Do the Work
    Lindsay Ginn & Lindsay Skidmore 

    Welcome & Introductions 
    • Housekeeping Items
    • Sign In
    • Silent I.D.:
      1. On your piece of paper, write words or draw pictures that describes yourself without talking.
      2. Pin paper to your chest and walk around the room and look at each other without talking.
      3. Try to remember each picture and person.
    Today's Meet is a great tool to allow students to provide input or ask questions without having to interrupt current discussion or allowing the timid student a chance to provide input.
    We will use Today's Meet to post comments, questions, or suggestions as we go through our session today. 

    Learning Targets & Success Criteria
     Goals: Keep your Goals in Sight
    • Learning Targets:
      • Teachers will understand differentiation, and how tiered assignments allows for increased student learning and success.
      • Teachers will be able to utilize various tech tools for differentiation and tiered assignments.
    • Success Criteria:
      •  I can create analyze the data collected from formative assessments to differentiate my instruction.
      • I can develop tiered assignments to meet the different levels of the learners in my classroom.
    • Things to Keep in Mind Today...
      • Set Boundaries
        • Time Limits
        • Choose 2 to 3 to implement at a time
      • Ask for Help
        • Identify the FAQ & Help sections for each tool
        • Join the community of users
      • Passwords
        • Create someway to keep up with them all - use Google sign in if possible
        • Document

    So What is CIF (Common Instructional Framework)?

    Formative Assessment in My Classroom
    • What is Formative Assessment? 
    •  Success Criteria for Formative Assessment 
    Now decided on some success criteria that you think is necessary to accomplish in the classroom in order for formative assessment to be successful.
    •  Examples of Formative Assessment
    Now think about examples of formative assessment that you use in your classroom (ex. bell ringer). 
    • Tips for Great Formative Assessment

    Tools for Formative Assessment 
    Collaborative Whiteboard Tools 
    Quiz Tools
    Interactive Video Tools
    Interactive Assignment Tools 
    Jigsaw Activity
    • Each person will be assigned to an "expert" group from the formative assessment tool categories listed above.  Explore the tools listed in your "expert" category and record information about the tools on the following collaborative document.  Also, see the Digital Tools Comparison Chart for more information about each tool.  
    • Now gather with a jigsaw group to share the tool category and tools that you explored in your expert group.  Each participants will have 2-3 minutes to share. 

    Understanding Differentiated Instruction
    As a formative assessment to gauge your knowledge of differentiated instruction, please click here to complete the Quizalize pre-assessment on differentiated instruction.
    Class Code: ujh283
    • If you scored in the high group on your quiz, complete the "Differentiation Myths & Struggles" blog. 
    • If you scored in the middle or low group on your quiz, complete the "Setting the Stage for Differentiated Instruction" blog. 


Differentiation Myths & Struggles

  • Differentiation Myths & Struggles

    Posted by LINDSAY LEE GINN on 4/18/2016

    It is clear based on your responses to the quiz, that you have a good understanding of what differentiated instruction is and what it should look like in a classroom. However, there are multiple misconceptions about differentiated instruction that appears in schools and classrooms everywhere.  Read the following article about the most common misconceptions.

    Differentiation Myths & Struggles

    While you are reading, reflect on your past and current practices. Then answer the following questions:

    1. Why do you think there are so many misconceptions about differentiated learning? 
    2. Where do you struggle to differentiate effectively?
    3. Where do you excel in differentiation?


    Reply to at least 2 other participants.


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Setting the Stage for Differentiated Instruction

  • Setting the Stage

    Posted by LINDSAY LEE GINN on 4/18/2016

    Based on your score from the formative assessment quiz, it looks like you may need a little more information about what exactly differentiated instruction is and how it looks in a classroom. The following article provides you with some more in-depth information on exactly what differentiated instruction is, and then what elements must be present in order to create a community of student learners.

    Setting the Stage

    While you are reading the article, reflect on your classroom and the activities that you may already do that are differentiated and the other activities that you may could make differentiated. Then answer the following questions:

    1. Write your own definition of differentiated instruction in 20 words or less.
    2. What AHA moments did you have while reading the article?
    3. What questions did the article create for you about differentiated instruction?

     Reply to at least 2 participants.

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  • Differentiation Is

    Differentiation Is Not

    Incorporating Differentiation in Your Instruction
    • Reflecting on Our Practice:  Think about a whole group activity that you did with your students recently.  Reflect on your high, middle, and low students and their behavior and actions during the lesson.
    Appropriate Struggle for All 
    Students Should Never Have to Wait to Learn! 

    Elements of Teaching for Differentiation
    Click here to participate in the interactive video.  The join code is KGMHJ.

    Tiered Instruction
    Small Group Activity
    • Review the 6 ways to structure tiered assignments and label each assignment with the correct structure category.  Some assignments may be structured by two categories.  Click here to make a copy of the assignment for your group.  Below are a additional resources on tiered assignments. 
    • Resources

    Other Options for Tiered Instruction
    RAFT Assignments
    Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Boards

     Tools for Organizing Tiered Instruction
     go formative   classkick
    Formative, Classkick, and Blendspace make it easy to differentiate instruction, allowing you to create customized lessons with student-specific content and individualized assessments in a fraction of the time. 
    Augmented Reality allows you to overlay digital content over object is reality. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that allows you to connect images or videos to a target. This can be a great tool to allow you to have instructions, demonstrations, and examples available for students that are working on differentiated assignments.  
    Seesaw is a student portfolio that allows students and/or teachers to document things they have learned or assignments they have completed.
    • Students can add artifacts by uploading files, taking pictures, recording video, or writing about what they have learned.
    • Teachers can access artifacts added by students, add artifacts for students and track student progress.
    • Parents can create accounts and see the work of their children.

    Let's Work on Tiered Assignments
    Select one of the following tiered assignment options below.  Create a tiered assignment for an upcoming lesson, topic, or unit of the subject area that you teach.
    • Tiered assignment by challenge level
    • Tiered assignment by complexity
    • Tiered assigned by resources
    • Tiered assignment by outcome
    • Tiered assignment by process
    • Tiered assignment by product
    • Tiered assignment by multiple structures
    • Tic-Tac-Toe by Bloom's Taxonomy
    • Tic-Tac-Toe by Garden's Multiple Intelligence
    • RAFT 
    You may utilize the templates below for your planning. After planning the tiered assignment, begin using the tech tools explored to build your tiered assignment. 

    Please complete the following evaluation to share your thoughts on today's session.

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