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1 Presented by April Coleman Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction for Gifted & High Ability LearnersPresented by April Coleman
2 Did you know? Video What does this mean for students? What does this mean for teachers?What does this mean for our future?
3 “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” - John Dewey “There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if the teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” Nancy Kassenbaum, U. S. Sentaor“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” - Bill Gates
4 Characteristics of Gifted Students That Fit Well With Technology Instruction CreativityHigher order thinkingSpeed in processing informationPrefers independent workInterest in “adult” issues and problemsRisk-taking/adventurous behavior“Big picture” thinkingResistance to closureLeadership skillsVerbal ability
5 How Technology Can Be Used to Differentiate Instruction: Present academic topics in new, challenging waysExplore interestsTeach process skillsDifferentiation toolProduct development
6 What is Differentiation? Teachers can differentiateContentProcessProductAccording to a student’sReadinessInterestsLearning Style(Tomlinson, 1999)
8 WebquestsWebQuest - a learning activity during which learners read, analyze, and synthesize information using the World Wide Web. (Wikipedia)Can be done independently or in small groups, where each student is given a jobExamples:Ancient Architecture WebquestArt Safari Webquest
10 Online Databases & Content Resources Thinkfinity (Verizon)High quality search engine for lesson plans, interactives, and more!Blue Web’n (AT&T)High quality search engine for lesson plans, webquests, and more!Discovery EducationSearch for lessons and activitiesKathy Schrock’s Guide for EducatorsEducational games and brain teasersALEX – lessons, websites, podcasts, & more!
11 Online Databases & Content Resources Continued... Teach-nologySearch for thematic units, lessons, and activitiesWebquests and cyber-starters (worksheet prompts)A Different PlaceReady-made differentiated activities for gifted kidsGreat for use in the regular classroomHoagies’ Gifted Education PageA plethora of resources for gifted teachers, parents, and studentsActivities for students, such as “Brain Boosters”
12 Organizing Websites: Social Bookmarking Social bookmarking – saving links on a web-based program, in order to access them from any Internet-linked computerLists can be made public (accessible to anyone) or private (accessible to specified users)An example using delicious.com
13 Online Video Resources Teacher TubeGreat educational videos on many topicsCreated by teachers and studentsUnited StreamingOffers a 30-day free trialAlabama schools have a site license through APT Plus
14 Content Software Renzulli Learning Systems Web-based software that develops a Learning Profile for each student, then leads them to high quality activities individualized to meet their abilities and interestsOffers a free trial$40/student with a minimum of 100 studentsTom Snyder Productions (Scholastic)Excellent software resources across educational topicsReasonable prices for individual CDs or site licenses
15 Content Software Continued… KidPix DeluxeEnhanced student “paint” and drawing program$19.99 per CD-ROMTuxPaint is a similar FREE program!Google EarthTake students on virtual tours of the world!Excellent FREE interdisciplinary tool
16 Virtual Field TripsTake students around the world without ever leaving the classroom!MuseumsGeographic RegionsNational ParksHistoric Sites & LandmarksExample: Virtual Agriculture Field TripsFind other Virtual Field TripsGoogle LitTrips
17 Technology Tools to Differentiate Process: Teaching Process Skills, Communication, & Collaboration
18 Google Communication & Collaboration Tools Google Docs – file creation, collaboration, and sharingGoogle Groups – communication through threaded discussions, file sharing, and information postingGoogle Calendar – scheduling and sharing capabilitiesGoogle Sites – website template/applicationGoogle Blogger – blog template/application
19 Create a Google Account Go toClick “Sign In” (top right corner).Click on “Create an Account Now (below sign-in box).Type your address.Choose a password.Select your location.Word verificationAgree to terms of service.Now, go to your to confirm your account.
20 Productive Thinking & Mind-Mapping Ideas for use:Productive Thinking Talent (brainstorming ideas)Pre-writingCreating a web of ideasVUE Mindmap ExampleDownload VUE:Free download from VUE website
21 Other Mind-Mapping Software Microsoft PowerPointInsert tabSmartArt iconOpen Source SoftwareMindMeisterFreeMindXMINDScience in Action LearningTeachersWorkshops & ConferencesProfessional Learning CommunitiesStudentsClassroom
22 Survey Creation Students can create surveys to… Conduct researchGather public opinionsUse Forecasting TalentUse Communication TalentFree Web-Based Survey Creator:Survey Monkey
23 Wordle Design tool used to create “word clouds” Great integration with Communication Talent #1 – many, varied single words to describe somethingLink to Wordle site
25 Technology Tools for Communication & Product Development Purchased SoftwareWeb 2.0 ToolsMicrosoft WordMicrosoft PowerPointMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft PublisherBlogsWikisPhotoStory 3Video/Audio EditingSurvey CreationWordleSocial NetworkingePals
26 Microsoft Word Products Product Ideas:Book or e-bookNewsletter/NewspaperBrochureAwardBulleted listLetter/Card/PostcardCalendarBoard or card gameUtilize design features to enhance creativity of documentsExample of a student-created Greek mythology newspaper
28 Microsoft PublisherExcellent tool for creating visual publications using ready-made templatesMore design features than MS WordProduct Ideas:Newsletter/NewspaperBrochureAdvertisementBusiness cardInvitationMenuGreeting cardWebsiteOrigami templatesBrochure ExampleNewsletter ExampleExample of a website created by a gifted resource teacher:
29 Example of a Student-Created Brochure Created UsingMicrosoft Publisher
33 Microsoft PowerPoint Create visual presentations Integrate creative features: design schemes, hyperlinks, clip art, photos, and transitionsExcellent product choice for group workExamples:3rd Grade Student Group PowerPoint on Pollution3rd Grade Students’ Recycling Project Plan
34 PhotoStory 3FREE tool from Microsoft that allows students and teachers to create photo slideshows with music and textSimilar to PowerPointVery easy to useLink to Download
35 Educational Blogs Ideas for teacher use: Ideas for student use: Networking and personal knowledge sharingInstructional tips for studentsAssignments and homework postingAnnotated linksIdeas for student use:Reflective or writing journalsAssignment submission and reviewDialogue for group workE-portfoliosExcellent resource on blogs in education:
36 Educational Blogs Continued… Free blog sites:Blogger (Google)EdublogsWordpressTumblrExamples of educational blogs:My 4th Graders’ BlogTumblr Example
37 Wikis “Wiki” – Hawaiian for “quick” A wiki is a type of FREE website that is built easily and quickly.Free wiki sites:Wiki Created by 3rd Graders:
38 Digital PhotographyDigital photography can be taught as an art-related unit.Digital photos can add interest to a variety of technology presentations.Picasa (Google) is a FREE editing software:Features editing toolsOnline photo album featureIntegrated with BloggerBasic photo editing features
39 Videos Students can create short videos on curricular topics. Materials needed: inexpensive video camera, computer, free video editing software.Recommended video camera for school usage:Pure Digital Flip VideoDownload by plugging camera directly into USB portFree video website - AnimotoVideo Editing Software:Microsoft MovieMakerMac iMovie
40 Podcasts An audio file created by someone on a specific topic Materials needed:Computer microphone or digital recorderFree editing software AudacityGreat online EdTech: Focus on K-12 article on podcasting with how-to directions:
41 Social NetworkingSocial networks allow people to communicate about similar interests and share information.Popular Social Networks:FacebookTwitterNing (private)List of Social Networks in Education
42 ePals The Internet's largest global community of connected classrooms Uses:Connect with national and international studentsView projects at other schoolsCollaborate on projectsePals Website
43 Start small, but start somewhere! What Next?!Do you ever feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin?With technology and differentiation, the best advice I have heard is…Start small, but start somewhere!
44 Helpful Tips for Integrating Technology: Don’t reinvent the wheel! Utilize resources that have already been created.Get organized! Start an online bookmark list in order to access favorite websites and add bookmarks from multiple computers. TryDon’t feel that you have to be an expert before you can try a new technology tool with your students. Learn with and from your students as you try new things together.Break down tasks into steps. Utilize how-to websites, lists, and directions when teaching students.
45 Top 3! Think about… ONE new thing you learned today… ONE technology tool you want to further research…And ONE new way you plan to integrate technology with your students this year.Good luck!
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