Sunday, February 23, 2014

Technology Helps Differentiate Learning

This week in ED 722 we looked at designing and supporting learning for all students.  As we reviewed this weeks materials, we were asked to reflect on the design of the units we are creating.  The reading, Towards a Design Theory of Blending Learning Curriculum by Ronghuai Huan, Ding Ma, and Haisen Zhang, explained the characteristics and rationales for blended learning.  It presented the considerations for designing a blended learning environment. A blended learning environment is extremely valuable for students because it can create individualized learning experiences for students.

Within DLMOOC week 5, the topic of discussion was Deeper Learning for a Wide Range of Learners.  On the MOOCs panel of discussion were educators from International Learning Schools that have a high ELL population. I was very interested to learn how they encourage and achieve deeper learning with their students.  At my school, approximately 15% percent of the students are ELL. Services to these students whose English is at all levels is provided by a single teacher who is at our school for 3 hours of the day.   I was very interested in learning how to engage and help these students. After listening to the panel discussion, it was evident to me that differentiated instruction for deeper learning is part of the school's culture. The school, curriculum, and schedule are designed to make it work (success) for the teachers and the students. The administrator of the school was very clear about providing opportunities for students to reach deeper learning and giving teachers the tools and training they need to in turn help their students to succeed.

My storify this week is on technology as a tool for differentiating instruction. I speak of blending learning environments and of technology as a tool for differentiating instruction.

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