Miners' Task Card

Combining Technology & Polishing Gems


  • Mine the Tech4DI wiki links of D.I. strategies to extract one or more that specifically incorporates technology to use in the project you are developing or a unit you already teach.
  • Process the ore you've extracted on the pages of this wiki by developing or enhancing one or more differentiation strategies (at least one "high-prep") to implement DI more extensively in your classroom or to help the teachers you coach incorporate DI strategies.
  • Add technology components to your selected strategies with the goal of enhancing differentiation for students.
  • Determine next steps for implementation -- when, where, how the strategy will be used in the classroom and with which students.
  • Consider how efficacy will be assessed after implementation.
  • Share your work with other workshop participants.

Session Tasks:

  • Individual or Paired Mining Operations (Hands On)

    • If you are taking a workshop and started on a page devoted to your workshop date, check there for additional or revised instructions.
    • Select and mine what you can from the external linksin the following sections (as time permits). Work in pairs or triads (or individually, if necessary).
    • Within your working Pair or Triad, try to coordinate if you can so you are mining different links and resources. As you mine the links, record those you would like to return to later when you have more time (using your Miner Planning Form in Resources list below or your personal bookmarking tool as suggested on the form).
    • Make individual notes using or or or as time permits. An RTF (or Rich Text File) should open in any word processing application and may be uploaded to GoogleDocs for later collaboration.
    • Target one or two strategies to develop and/or enhance. You may work on one or more strategies but it is recommended that you concentrate on one at a time, if possible. Develop a new strategy or work on enhancing a strategy you already use with your students. If your selected strategies involve creating documents for students to use, it might make sense to create Google docs for this purpose so you can publish and share your work with others in the workshop (optional, of course). You are also encouraged to work on at least one "high-prep" strategies (see the items without an asterisk on the list on the Tech Tips & Strategies page). These usually have a greater impact on student learning but tend to involve more extensive preparation ahead of time. Ultimately, a mix of low-prep and high-prep strategies yield the best results, but it does take some time to develop your tool kit of differentiation strategies for your particular classroom and students. However, you are welcome to select any strategies you wish to develop. The choice is completely yours.
    • Complete the Goals and Implementation portions of the Planning Form. Anticipate impact on student or adult learning as well as possible changes in your teaching/coaching practice. Focus also on the logistics of incorporating these strategies for differentiation.
    • Share Your Work. To the extent you are able to complete the strategies you work on today (with or without a supporting document), you are invited to contribute your strategy to this wiki. To do that, determine if your strategy differentiates Content, Process (including Instructional Flow), and/or Product/Assessment (including Student Information) and add to those appropriate pages of the wiki. If your strategy fits in more than one category, add it to all appropriate pages. If you created a supporting document using Google docs and published it for sharing, be sure to include the URL. Compose your contribution offline (in any word processing software) rather than directly on the wiki. Only one person at a time can actually edit a wiki page. Preparing offline will minimize any potential conflicts of simultaneous editing. Don't forget to give yourself credit -- include a link to your own website if you have one or provide contact information as you wish (but use caution/discretion to minimize exposure to spam).
  • Individual/Pair/Triad Sharing (following Hands On Mining) *(see Alternate Instructions for Sharing below)

    • When prompted, briefly discuss in your Pair or Triad the extractions you mined and entered on your Planning Form.
    • Be prepared to share one or two comments in the large-group discussion -- a particularly useful website, an "ah ha" moment, a new DI strategy you uncovered, your plans for implementation, etc.
    • Individually, you may also respond to one of the threads under the Discussion tab at the top of this wiki page or start a new thread.
  • Group Discussion/Workshop Evaluation *(see Alternate Instructions for Sharing below)

    • Return to the Notes & Presentations wiki page and post your thoughts in the Responses to "The Question" thread as the workshop ends. You may post a new response or a response to someone else.
    • Contribute to the whole group wrap-up discussion -- share highlights, insights, new information, "ah ha" moments, valuable resources, plans for use as coach, and next steps, as well as any frustrations or stumbling blocks.
  • Alternate instructions for Sharing may be provided by your workshop leader. Be sure to follow those for recording and/or sharing your work on the Tech4DI wiki. These instructions may also be on your workshop-specific wiki page.

Resources to Use:

Follow-Up – Extend Your Workshop Experience:

  • Project Development (for Implementation and Coaching)

  • 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.