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October 2018: Using tech to help differentiate instruction

October 2018: Using tech to help differentiate instruction

Differentiated instruction is defined by Carol Tomlinson as “an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for and attention to student differences in classrooms, in the context of high quality curriculums”.  Carol Weselby, in a 2014 blog post, breaks down the components into manageable categories, which, taken as a whole, is simply good teaching! Design

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September 2018: Favorite tools for schools

If you are reading this blog post, chances are you do not need to be convinced students should be creating projects and products to showcase acquisition of content knowledge. And you probably already have a pedagogical model you use for infusing technology seamlessly into the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. It may be SAMR,

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August 2018: Plan your work, work your plan

There are many technology devices in your classroom — from computers to tablets to VR headsets. No matter what hardware and software your students are using in the classroom, I feel the planning process is most important component of infusing technology meaningfully into teaching and learning. STEP 1: Sound pedagogy Take a look the pedagogical

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July 2018: Creative classroom configurations

Take a look at any kindergarten or grade one classroom. There are areas for whole class assembly, quiet reading corners, tables for small groups of students to use for collaborative activities, and carrels for students who need a place to think, write, or record. I believe all classrooms should have these same components. Besides the

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June 2018: Digital storytelling PD workshop

I have addressed digital storytelling in the past for Discovery Education and on this blog. In January of 2013,  I wrote about the research which supports digital storytelling and the CCSS. And, in the same month, I moderated a digital storytelling session as part of the Discovery/Wilkes Masters program in Instructional Media as seen below. WHY

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January 2018: Multimodal creation with Discovery Education Streaming

MULTIMODAL CREATION Multimodality occurs when students use several modes to create a product and/or communicate a message. These modes can involve speaking, writing, listening, and visual resources. When we have a student create a multimedia project that involves music, narration, and images, the goal should be for these resources to be used to create meaning

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