Archive of Explorers Card for PETE&C 2008, Hershey
2 hour - 15 minute session

Goal
: Explore introductory links for D.I. -- determine your own first/next steps in using DI -- if possible enhanced with technology, then share and discuss expected classroom impact.

Concentration:

Online D.I. Resources -- Definitions, Discussions, & Approach and, if time, Ready-to-Use Activities & Strategies
[[space/showimage/Tech2DI4BootCamp.pdf|Tech2DI4BootCamp.pdf]], slides 13-16; and slides 17-24, if time permits.

Tasks:

  • Read the Tracey Hall article in the first link to CAST in Online D.I. Resources -- Definitions, Discussions, & Approaches. This is a short article, but a good overview of Differentiated Instruction with a clear graphic organizer.
  • Make individual notes as posts in the Moodle blog. Select "Anyone on this site" in the Publish To field so others in tis session can see your posts. You will be identified by your Hershey login, so you will be relatively anonymous. Tag all your posts "Explorer" and add any other relevant tags you select. For example, you might tag blog notes about the Tracey Hall article as "Hall" so others in the Explorer Task groups can find all the related notes easily.
  • Discuss the article within your Pair/Triad group, then respond to the "Getting Started -- Tracey Hall Article" prompt in the Discussion Tab on this page. Check back later to see other responses and add to the thread if you like.
  • Individually select and explore at least one external links in Online D.I. Resources -- Definitions, Discussions, & Approaches. Within your working Pair or Triad, coordinate so you are exploring different links and resources.
  • As you explore links in the Definitions, Discussions, & Approaches section or move on to the Ready-to-Use Activities & Strategies section, use the Moodle chat to communicate with all those in the larger Explorer Task Group. Use the chat to let others know what links you are exploring, ask questions, and/or share observations. If you find any bad links, report them in the Discussion tab on the page where the link is located.
  • At the appointed time, finish your notes on sites explored in the blog and briefly discuss your explorations in your Pair or Triad.
  • Respond to the prompts in the Discussion tab at the top of this wiki page: "Why DI?" and "Further Exploration." If you finish early, explore blog entries from those in the other two Task Groups.
  • Be prepared to share something you learned/discovered in the Wrap Up discussion. Offer sites you found especially valuable, insights you gained, and how you might continue your own explorations.

Follow-up:

  • Postings in the Discussion threads on this page and elsewhere in the wiki may be completed after the workshop. Remember, this is a public wiki.
  • Participants are encouraged to re-visit the Tech4DI wiki often and contribute resources for Differentiation and Technology in the External Links and Resources pages and your own strategies and experiences in the Tech Tips & Strategies pages.
  • Consider using the Notify Me tab at the top to monitor one or more Tech4DI pages via email notification when changes occur, or by using the RSS subscription feature. You may also choose to monitor the entire Tech4DI wiki site by selecting the Space-Wide Notification Page link here or from the Notify Me tab on any page.
  • Please feel free to use the wiki with your colleagues and in your own practice.