Technology Tools for Differentiation

Technology Tools for Differentiation:


Low Tech Tools:  Sources and Resources

Handout: targeted resources and the BIG THREE


Searching/Research: --definitions, activities, the 4 good starting points, and many more links and resources for a thematic topic – scaled “easier” and “harder”, expanded search opportunities, and teacher links  -- eThemes is an extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes.  Choose content by grade level. --Search Tools for Students  - search by interest area - search site that finds audio, video, and other file types on thousands of subjects. -- Google Directories, a “directory” search engine, edited by real people, organized into topic areas - advanced search - web highlighting  - collaborative bookmarking

Comprehension/Reading Levels: --guide to US government by grade level --StarChild space and astronomy --Space and beyond --Just input URL and readability will be calculated --Cut and past text into this site for stats - simple english in Wikipedia

Editing/Dictionary/Thesaurus: – look up words on any webpage, create vocabulary quizzes, make a glossery, create a crossword puzzle, etc. -- dictionary, word games, word of the day, google gadgets - a very visual thesaurus tool – a very visual thesaurus tool ($3 per month) - picture-based dictionary – type define:word in the search window to get a definition - online spell check for poor spellers


Alternate Reading Access/Digital Text: or
MCBD08317_0000[1]  -- Kent area schools and families have free access to this text reading software – free text to speech tool - free text to speech plug in with built in dict. and thesaurus -- website/screen reader -- free audio conversion software - talking toolbar for firefox

Graphic/Visual Organizers: -- free online mapping tool -- free online mapping tool -- free online mapping tool --very good free download

Powerpoint/Slide Show/Video/Comic: - Voicethread - Slideshare - Gcast podcasting site - Ning social/educational network - animation and video creation - comic creator  - This is a simpler window for viewing YouTube videos, a more accessible version with simple play and stop buttons.  - Powerpoints for younger students - on everything

Re-learning/Independent Learning: - games to reinforce learning - flashcards and quizzes  - customized online spelling - tips for advanced Microsoft Word features


Note Taking/Organization: - online notetaking - remember everything! 


Collaboration: - online video conferencing - social or educational network - wiki - blog - digital collage


Content-Specific Links: - resources for high school chemistry, in a variety of formats, created by a high school chemistry teacher. - free download for graphing calculator - online virtual manipulatives - math dictionary - high quality multimedia content for high school - online periodic table - digital books for beginning readers of all ages

Sample Wikis and Blogs: - technology teacher wiki - collaborative with building staff/students - featured student project posted with a wiki - elementary class wiki - blog for 'virtual authors' - history class wiki - AP Calc class blog - tech integration protopage - tech integration protopage
Teacher Resources: - resources for all above areas - podscasts related to technology in education - blog from teacher and techie Vicki Davis