Online tools help teaching teams plan thematic projects across distance.
Interactive Web tools support math learning, providing fourth-graders skill practice that matters.
High school students use Web-based news services to view, explore, and chart current events.
Integrating math, science, and tribal culture, fifth-graders use technology to document their learning.
Sixth-graders reflect on and categorize traits of successful learners.
What is a "typical" classroom? Teachers know that every class includes diverse learners—some struggling, some advanced, and all with different life experiences, learning preferences, and personal interests. Differentiated instruction adapts instruction to meet the needs of individual learners, providing all students with the appropriate level of challenge and the appropriate supports to help them reach learning goals.
Differentiated instruction is grounded in an understanding of how people learn. Instruction begins with an assessment of what students already know, and builds new concepts on their existing knowledge. Differentiation provides students with varied experiences to engage with content. A differentiated classroom offers multiple ways for students to access content, to process and make sense of the concepts and skills, and to develop products that demonstrate their learning (Tomlinson, 2001). Technology supports classroom strategies by creating new routes to learning, addressing multiple learning needs, and providing forums for individualized access to content and expression.
Hott Linx is a Web site with a rich collection of resources about differentiated instruction, created by the University of Virginia. Lesson and unit plans, classroom strategies, and other resources are available. http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/hottlinx/
Technology Tips for Differentiated Instruction is a resource from WestEd that provides information on using technology to address the needs of diverse learners. http://www.westedrtec.org/techtips
Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education maintains a Web site of resources about multiple intelligences, including information about research and best practices. http://pzweb.harvard.edu/index.htm
New Horizons for Learning provides a Web site on Multiple Intelligences with articles, resources, and a bibliography. http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/mi/front_mi.htm
The book Multiple Intelligences: Best Ideas from Research and Practice by Mindy Kornhaber, Edward Fierros, and Shirley Veenema captures the insights from a national investigation of more than 40 schools that applied the theory of multiple intelligences to classroom practice.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) provides online selections from their publications on differentiating instruction. http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem/
Technology and Differentiated Instruction Web Resources from Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia offers links to many Web resources on differentiated instruction and on technology. http://k12.albemarle.org/Technology/DI/