Tech Tips & D.I. Strategies

In this section you are invited to contribute Tips and Strategies for Differentiating Instruction using Technology. There are five pages in this section representing five types of DI Strategies (one classification of several possible classifications). Below is a list of common DI Strategies that fall under these category headings. Click the heading to go that page of contributed tips and strategies. Please consider contributing one or more of your own. Click the underlined (linked) strategies to learn a little more about each one along with some tips for enhancing them with technology. See the High Impact Tech & DI section (in navigation menu to the left) for information about combining strategies and technology through Project-Based Learning and Challenge Based Learning for the greatest possible impact.

* NOTE: Those marked with an asterisk are typically considered "low-preparation" strategies. As such, they are often implemented on the fly and usually don't require much, if any, prior preparation. Adding a technology component to these low-prep strategies can add time for preparation and/or implementation. As with any technology implementation, do so only when it makes a difference, not just for the sake of using technology.

Content Strategies

  • Learning Centers
  • Learning Contracts
  • Tiered Assignments
  • Choice*
  • Curriculum Compacting
  • Concept-Based Teaching
  • Essential Questions
  • Independent Study
  • Manipulatives
  • Stations
  • Interest Centers
  • Group Investigations
  • Problem Based Learning
  • RAFTS
  • Jigsaw
  • Extension Menus
  • Complex Instruction
  • Learning Styles
  • Orbital Studies
  • Multi-Media
  • Mini Lecture
  • 4 Corners
  • Clock Partners
  • Dot Voting*
  • Movement
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • T-Chart for Characteristics

Process Strategies

  • Cubing or Think Dots
  • Carousel Walk
  • Walk n Talk
  • Spotlight Share
  • Small Group Problem Solving
  • Visual/Graphic Organizers
  • Scaffolding
  • Mind Mapping
  • Think/Pair/Share*
  • Learning Log/Journals
  • Paired Verbal Fluency
  • Reflection Journal
  • Self-Reflection*
  • Semantic Thinking
  • Interactive Journals
  • Technology

Instructional Flow

May also be considered as types of
Process Strategies...
  • Anchoring Activities
  • Flexible Grouping*
  • Flexible Pacing
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Brainstorming*
  • Concept Based Learning
  • Hands-On/ Minds-On Learning
  • Use of “home” groups

Product/Assessment Strategies

  • Formative Assessments
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Rubrics
  • Portfolios
  • Student Led Conferences
  • Summative Assessments
  • Alternative Assessments
  • Differentiated Assessment- Products

Student Information

Important for diagnostic and prescriptive
types of formative assessment...
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Interest Inventories
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Exit Cards*
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* NOTE: Those marked with an asterisk are typically considered "low-preparation" strategies. As such, they are often implemented on the fly and usually don't require much, if any, prior preparation. Adding a technology component to these low-prep strategies can add time for preparation and/or implementation. As with any technology implementation, do so only when it makes a difference, not just for the sake of using technology.