High Impact Technology and Differentiated Instruction

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is ideal for differentiation through variable grouping and collaboration and opportunities for student choice as well as offering a wide variety of ways students can investigate and think about what they are learning (processes, products, and learning environment). Project-based learning also lends itself well to authentic, performance-based assessment.

Edutopia: Project-Based Learning


Edutopia: Technology Integration in iTunesU


Seymour Papert on Project-Based Learning

Many more resources concerning project-based learning at this site.

PBL-Online - great interactive tool to learn about the PBL research of the Buck Institute and Edutopia.


Free online tool to help teachers create high-quality rubrics for project-based learning activities.

Buck Institute for Education

Challenge-Based Learning

Apple Education's approach to and support of project-based learning.

DoltonRoad Wiki on Project-Based Learning

Wiki used for professional development on project-based learning.

Harnessing Multimedia

Multimedia promotes creativity and engagement while providing many choices to tap the interests, experiences, and talents of students.

Edutopia: Students Find Their Voices Through Multimedia


Web 2.0

Interactive web-based tools promote communication and collaboration.

Connecting (social):

MySpace, Facebook, TakingItGlobal, Ning

Creating/Publishing (visual):

Flickr -- post and tag photos (and now videos)
You Tube -- post videos (wide range of content, some is definitely NOT appropriate)
TeacherTube -- post videos (educational purpose; content is a lot more appropriate)

Creating/Publishing (audio+):

online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish


AIM, Podcasts, Blogs

Collaborating (productivity):

wikis, SubEthaEdit, Google Docs
Intel Education Initiative: K-12 Teaching Tools -- includes Visual Ranking Tool, Seeing Reason Tool, and Showing Evidence Tool

Interacting (social+):

gaming, Second Life, Second Life Education & Non-Profit Organizations

Collections of Web 2.0 Tools

(not all are educationally useful)

WebQuests - inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet.


D.I. and Web 2.0 Tools

Includes examples of using Web 2.0 Tools to differentiate in the classroom.
This is a blog listing resources for the ESL classroom, but best practices there are similar/the same as what you should practice with Special Education, so it is very applicable.
This is part of Cheryl Capozzoli's Web20Guru wiki -- lots of great resources here!