Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences.
Below you will find website suggestions that address the different learning styles in your classroom with the help of technology:
These learners enjoy learning through speaking, writing, reading, and listening. In the classroom setting these students shine when given tasks such as taking notes, researching, listening, reading for information, and writing.
Websites to encourage learning for Verbal-Linguistic students:
1. http://wordle.net Allow students to express themselves creatively with words
2. http://ed.voicethread.com Capture student voices with audio, text, pictures, and video
3. http://zoho.com- A free online word processor, and presentation tool
4. http://gcast.com- Students can podcast (voice recording) online.
5. http://kerpoof.com – Students can create stories or mini-movies
6. http://www2.shidonni.com- Students create animated stories
7. http://tickatok.com Students can create stories and turn them into a book
8. http://pbskids.org/wordworld A world where words come alive
9. http://readwritethink.org 52 interactive activities related to reading, writing, and speaking
10. http://speakaboos.com Students can read stories online, record their own story and play literacy games
These learners love numbers, reasoning, and problem solving. These students enjoy measuring, calculating, and organizing data. In the classroom students will shine when given tasks such as collecting data, conducting experiments, solving problems, predicting, classifying, and sequencing.
Websites to encourage learning for Logical-Mathematical students:
1. http://zoho.com- Spreadsheet and data collection tools
2. http://ed.voicethread.com Capture a sequence of events in an experiment or during problem solving
3. http://emeraldisland.com A virtual world where students can experiment and problem solve
4. http://sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk/index.php Comics about science experiments, and problem solving games
5. http://toytheater.com/index.php Math, reading, music and art puzzles
6. http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball- Logic puzzle games
7. http://mathplayground.com Students practice math skills and engage in logic games
8. http://mathtv.org Students watch a series of video word problems for math, watch a step-by-step video solution and work on follow up problems
9. http://iknowthat.com- Games that make students think: science, language arts, math, and thinking games
10. http://enlightenme.com/enlightenme/superthinkers A site the encourages critical thinking and problem solving
11. http://knowitall.org/hobbyshop A hobby shop full of logical-mathematical activities
12. http://mrsp.com- A storybook site that celebrates reading and books
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