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

http://edutopia.org/projectbasedlearning

Edutopia: Technology Integration in iTunesU

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=395540477

Seymour Papert on Project-Based Learning

http://edutopia.org/node/901
http://edutopia.org/project-based-learning-overview
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.

Rubistar

http://rubistar.4teachers.org
Free online tool to help teachers create high-quality rubrics for project-based learning activities.

Buck Institute for Education


Challenge-Based Learning

http://ali.apple.com/cbl/
Apple Education's approach to and support of project-based learning.

DoltonRoad Wiki on Project-Based Learning

https://lmsd-pbl.wikispaces.com/
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

http://edutopia.org/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+):

Voicethread
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

Communicating:

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.

Zunal

D.I. and Web 2.0 Tools

http://diandtech.wikispaces.com
Includes examples of using Web 2.0 Tools to differentiate in the classroom.
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org
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.
http://web20guru.wikispaces.com/Strategies
This is part of Cheryl Capozzoli's Web20Guru wiki -- lots of great resources here!