Student Information Strategies

Important for diagnostic and prescriptive types of formative assessment...

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Add here your tips and strategies for using technology to differentiate based on Student Information in the classroom.
Strategies related to Student Information include Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, Interest Inventories, Pre-Assessment, and Exit Cards.
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Multiple Intelligences

Here is a link on integrating technology with multiple intelligences.
I use several inventories at the beginning of the school year/semester to set up index cards that can be used to group the students. Then I can split the students up by learning style, multiple intelligences, interests, gender, etc. That way, I can group students with the laptops or ActivBoard or good old pen/paper, etc. according to their strengths. I learned this technique through a DI training at IU 20.

Addendum (from Bill Dolton) -- A spreadsheet could also be used to maintain the information gathered so students could easily be sorted and filtered repeatedly on different types of information collect. If the information is not confidential or sensitive and it would be age/developmentally appropriate, students could potentially input their own information in the spreadsheet, graph frequencies and trends, etc.


Here is another site from my school district (some other Pete & C participants) about using the inventories, etc. but online for the students.

Sorting Cards

These are printable sorting cards to create groups from 2 -18

Motivation and Achievement

Enhance Learning Through TechnologyThis site offers strategies to address student underachievement. It also supports the use of technology as a motivator. Lynne Partridge

Collaborating with Other Educators

A great way to collaborate with other educators is to use the Google Docs tool that is made available through gmail. Once a document is created, it can be shared with anyone who is added to its Shared List. This is really helpful for collaborating for the purposes of co-teaching, as well as making modifications for special education students. Special education teachers can now modify work directly into the document, without having to re-invent the wheel.
Another use of Google Docs and of collaboration with classroom teachers and special education teachers is to post the behavior checklist on Google Docs (initials only, no names) so that teachers can work off of one document. This way the special education teacher only has one document to keep track of.
(Submitted by Maria Wells and Karyn Scaglione)

Using Excel to Create Student Groups

Export student data from your student records system into an Excel file. Include as much data as you can: assessment scores, demographics, and other information that might be used to group students. Eliminate any data columns that are not useful to you. Optional: Make your spreadsheet pretty by changing the font, adding color, and organizing the data columns however you’d like them.
·Highlight the entire spreadsheet
·Go to Data > Filter > Auto Filter
·Use the drop-down menus in the columns to sort students based on whichever data you choose
·As you create student groups, copy and paste each into its own worksheet tab
·Rename each tab so that if you want to use those particular groupings again, they’re already done

Download the PDF below for instructions and screen shots.

Nina Williams, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Puyallup School District, Puyallup, WA