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Explorers Task Card


Goals:

  • Explore introductory links for D.I. to determine your own first/next steps in using DI -- with possible technology enhancement.
  • Incorporate one or more DI strategies (low prep recommended) for classroom implementation and determine potential technology component.

Resources to Use:


Session Tasks:

  • DI Overview - Do one or both of the following for a quick overview of DI (Hands On Part 1)

  • Individual or Paired Explorations (Hands On Part 1)

    • Individually (or with one or two partners, if you prefer) select and explore at least two external links (per person) in each of these sections (time permitting):
    • Record individual notes using the msword.png[[file/view/ExplorerPlanningForm.doc| ExplorerPlanningForm.doc]] or empty.png[[file/view/ExplorerPlanningForm.rtf| ExplorerPlanningForm.rtf]] (should open in any word processing application and may be uploaded to GoogleDocs).
    • Begin looking for one or more strategies that you think would have a positive impact on student learning and that you feel you could successfully implement in your classroom.
  • Pair/Triad Sharing (following Hands On Part 1)

    • When prompted, briefly discuss in your Pair or Triad the findings you added to your Planning Form.
  • Individual or Paired Explorations (Hands On Part 2)

    • Continue exploring and recording resources from the wiki, but during this Hands On time be sure to move ahead to . . .
    • Complete the Goals and Implementation portions of the Planning Form. Anticipate impact on student learning as well as possible changes in your teaching practice.
  • Reflect and Respond (following Hands On Part 2)

    • Share pertinent portions of your morning notes with the larger group as a response to the LMSD August 7, 2008 thread under the Discussion tab at the top of this wiki page.
    • Discuss your explorations and preliminary implementation plans in your Pair or Triad.
    • Be prepared to share one or two comments in the wrap-up large-group discussion -- a particularly useful website, an "ah ha" moment, new learning about DI, your plans for implementation, etc.
  • Project Development (Hands On Part 3)

    • You may work independently or with one other colleague in the same discipline or grade range (may be different from your previous group).
    • You may use the following template for project development (aligns with Curricuplan):
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        [[space/showimage/CurriculumDevelopmentFormat.doc| CurriculumDevelopmentFormat.doc]]
    • Incorporate at least one DI strategy -- preferably one that requires relatively low preparation or one that you feel you can easily implement successfully. Consider how technology might enhance or facilitate the success of your DI strategy.
  • Wrap-Up Discussion/Workshop Evaluation

    • Return to the initial question discussion thread on the Notes & Presentations wiki page and post your thoughts as the workshop ends. You may post a new response or a response to someone else's reply.
    • Contribute to the whole group wrap-up discussion -- highlights, insights, new information, "ah ha" moments, valuable resources, progress on project development, and next steps, as well as any frustrations or stumbling blocks.
    • Complete the online workshop evaluation.


Follow-up:

  • Postings in the Discussion threads on this page and elsewhere in the wiki may be completed or extended after the workshop. Although this page will be updated for future workshops and presentations, the Discussion tabs will remain. Please feel free to return and add to these discussions at any time in the future. 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 as well as 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 this wiki with your colleagues and in your own practice.