Monday, November 8, 2010

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

How is technology being used in the classroom for more effective teaching, differentiated instruction and to meet the needs of every student in the school? This article outlines how one elementary school uses technology. Each classroom in the school has an interactive whiteboard, eight computers and access to digital cameras, flip cameras, remote-response clickers and PDAs.

Here are some tips from the teachers on how they use this technology with their students.
  1. Deliver instruction through multiple forms of media
    • Teachers access instructional videos, audio clips, animations, instructional games and other available online resources.
  2. Gather and use immediate feedback on students’ understanding
    • Teachers use remote-response clickers with practice questions to see where to customize subsequent lessons to meet the needs of all students.
  3. Give students options
    • Using digital media students are allowed to show learning through a variety of media tools.
  4. Automate basic-skills practice
    • Teachers use Study Island and EducationCity to identify weaknesses in student skills and then assign lessons according to the students’ needs.
  5. Practice independent work skills
    • Teachers have procedures so students know how to use the technology and what to do if they have a question.
  6. Create a weekly “must-do” and “may do” list
    • Teachers provide a list of personalized “must-do” tasks that all students need to complete and a list of “may-do” tasks that students may choose from so all students always have something to do.
  7. Pretest students’ knowledge before each unit
    • Teachers assess prior knowledge and tailor lessons to each child’s needs.
  8. Be flexible when plans go awry
    • Teachers model good problem-solving behaviors and involve students in devising alternative approaches when technology isn’t available or not working.
  9. Let students drive
    • Teachers let students lead the lesson at the whiteboards giving them the opportunity to capitalize on their skills.
  10. Share the work of creating differentiated lessons
    • Teachers work together to plan units of study with activities to meet the needs of all students.
From this list of ideas think of ways to use technology to provide differentiated instruction, feedback and choices for all of your students? Also, how are you using technology to assist in planning with other teachers?

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