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Online Differentiated Instruction Resources



Definitions, Discussions, & Approach

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Curriculum Associates: Differentiated Instruction: Success for Every Student

http://www.curriculumassociates.com/professional-development/topics/DiffInstruction/index.htm
Online 4-lesson course in Differentiated Instruction including text and audio instruction, examples, handouts, a reading assignment, and a lesson review with which you can assess your own learning progress. Lesson 3 introduces specific D.I. strategies.

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CAST: National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum

Differentiated Instruction, by Tracey Hall, Ph.D., NCAC
http://www.cast.org/ncac/index.cfm?i=2876
Definition, Components (content, process, product), Guidelines for teachers, Evidence of effectiveness, Application to classroom, Web links (some out of date), References

Carol Ann Tomlinson's Website

http://www.caroltomlinson.com/
Information about Carol Ann Tomlinson and her work on Differentiated Instruction

Differentiating Instruction for Advanced Learners

http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/diff_instruction.html
Article by Carol Ann Tomlinson, ERIC EC Digest #E536, October 1995

ASCD (Assn. for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Education Topics: Differentiating Instruction

http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.3adeebc6736780dddeb3ffdb62108a0c/
Introduction (brief definition), Exploration (includes full-text articles and brief audio interviews), and Resources (related books & products for sale by ASCD)

All Kinds of Minds: Understanding Differences in Learning

http://www.allkindsofminds.org/learningBase.aspx
Insights into the learning challenges that students face (skills that must be mastered, the neuro-developmental factors that may influence student's success, and common obstacles that students may encounter); hints and suggested activities

New Horizons for Learning: Differentiated Instruction

http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/differentiated/front_differentiated.htm
Articles, readings, and additional links.

Teaching Channel: Differentiation

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_differentiation
Video clip examples of differentiated instruction in use.


Are You Making these Four Differentiated Instruction Mistakes?

http://edge.ascd.org/_Are-You-Making-these-Four-Differentiated-Instruction-Mistakes/blog/3321350/127586.html?b=
Important distinctions that can make a real difference in how Differentiated Instruction is implemented in the classroom.

Differentiated Instruction? Yes, but...

http://edge.ascd.org/_Differentiated-Instruction-Yes-but-My-response-to-one-reader39s-comment/blog/3368609/127586.html?b=
Responses to some real concerns about implementing Differentiated Learning.



Sir Ken Robinson Video Clips on Creativity and Schools

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Excerpts from two talks

http://jump.webstreaminghost.com/wm/sfb/ken1_high.wax (7 minutes)

Creatively Speaking: Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind

The internationally renowned innovation consultant calls for transformation, not just reformation, of public education. (Edutopia)
http://www.edutopia.org/sir-ken-robinson-creativity-video

Lecture by Sir Ken Robinson at the University of Alabama campus

Sept. 12, 2007, sponsored by Creative Campus Initiative (2:14 minutes)


Another YouTube clip

from a Ken Robinson address (4:03 minutes)


"Are Schools Killing Creativity?"

TED Conference in 2006 (19.5 minutes):

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/66

"Changing Paradigms"

Extended speech when receiving RSA Benjamin Franklin Medal in June, 2008 (55:19 minutes)
http://www.thersa.org/events/vision/vision-videos/sir-ken-robinson


Ready-to-Use Activities & Strategies

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Differentiation Toolbox

http://people.virginia.edu/~mws6u/diff/index.htm -- link broken on 12/8/09; will keep checking to see if it is temporary...
Well-organized site with a set of excellent and practical resources for use in the classroom.

Dare to Differentiate

http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/
Excellent resources including handouts and ready-to-use strategies -- some are enhanced with technology already.

Enhance Learning with Technology: Strategies for Differentiating

http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiatingstrategies.html
Extensive site with broad range of well-organized information, links, examples; helps tie technology with D.I.; don’t miss the Links for Differentiating hyperlink at the bottom

Anchor Activities

http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/hooverms/technology/anchor.htm
Links to online activities in various subjects that could be used as anchor activities.

CTAP Middle School Math Project
http://www.ctap4.org/math/di.htm
Educational technology resources for differentiated instruction in the middle school math classroom.

Eduscapes: Ten Tips for Differentiation

http://eduscapes.com/sessions/needs/all2.html
Resources to help students who need scaffolding to build connections (meaningfulness, currency, practice, reading level, authenticity, active participation, experiences, motivation, realism, challenge)

Eduscapes: Technology and Multiple Intelligences

http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic68.htm
Background and lists of technology tools to support classroom activities in support of each of the nine intelligences

Eduscapes: Teacher Tap

http://eduscapes.com/tap/index.htm
Free, professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions by providing practical, online resources and activities – extensive resource which can be utilized in small doses as needed

Staff Development for Educators: Teacher Resources

http://www.sde.com/teacher-resources.asp
Free downloads of PDF resources and guides for differentiating instruction and differentiating textbooks

WestEd: Using Technology to Support Diverse Learners

http://www.wested.org/cs/tdl/print/docs/tdl/home.htm
Tips focused on technologies most schools already have and for use in professional development of technology for general and special educators.

Internet4Classrooms: Differentiated Instruction

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/di.htm
Sites that help classroom teachers adjust their teaching process to their learners needs; links on instructional theory, practical classroom tips, sample units and lessons, and other documents.

Dr. Kathy Nunley’s Layered Curriculum Web Site for Educators

http://www.help4teachers.com/
A 3 layer model of differentiated instruction encourages complex thinking and holds students highly accountable for their learning - especially designed for secondary classrooms, but appropriate for all.

Instructional Strategies Online

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/index.html
Instructional strategies determine the approach a teacher may take to achieve learning objectives. Five categories of instructional strategies and explanation of these five categories can be found within this site.

Reading Quest: Reading Strategies for Comprehension

http://www.readingquest.org/strat/
Reading strategies useful for differentiation with specific instructions for each..

West Bloomfield, Michigan: Differentiated Instruction

http://web.westbloomfield.k12.mi.us/ealy/lafer/
Resources for Parents, Students, and Teachers.

Grosse Pointe Public School System, Michigan: Resources

http://www.gpschools.org/ci/diff/resources.htm
Online, video, and print resources for Differentiated Instruction (annotated)

Manteno Elementary School, Illinois: Differentiated Instruction

http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/curriculumdiff/
Includes background information as well as links to strategies..

Walter McKenzie: Multiple Intelligence Pages

http://surfaquarium.com/MI/
Connects Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences with extensive strategies and activities through technology (includes blog and discussion group)

Southern Columbia (PA) Classrooms for the Future

http://www.scasd.us/cff/main.htm
Under "Teacher Resources" there is a link to differentiated lessons that incorporate technology.

Creating Lifelong Learners
http://www.needleworkspictures.com/ocr/blog/
Variety of activities to differentiate.


Network & Subscription Resources

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Local Data


PowerSchool

http://www.powerschool.com/
One of many student information systems tracking student information including assignments and grades

Data-Driven Decision Making

http://www.3d2know.org

Subscription Services


netTrekker d.i.

http://www.nettrekker.com/frontdoor/
Search engine with results organized by reading levels; online dictionary definitions by clicking text; spoken text

Achieve3000

http://www.achieve3000.com
Online reading assignments with multiple reading levels; same assignment as appropriate reading levels.

Discovery Education United Streaming

http://www.unitedstreaming.com/
Streaming video resources aligned to standards