Section Four: Differentiating Instruction through Technology
This assignment covers the strategy of differentiating instruction in the classroom. Information Communication Technology is a broad avenue that will allow an instructor to know their students individually and as a whole. They will all be on different learning levels and styles. Implementing technology will make the experience fruitful and technology aids and guides instructors in providing the appropriate lessons to their class. Because of this, “the quality of learning can be greatly enhanced through the integration of ICT in teaching” (Davies, 2007).
Technology to Differentiate Instruction
Voice Thread: In my class, I will use this technology tool because the higher learning students will know how to use the software. It will be a matter of utilizing the microphone to record events. They can also add video to assist the other level students. The impact would be that it will add audio and visual elements to the lesson. Some students learn better through one of these two. The voice thread could be used for all three levels of student in an assignment. One group can gather the pictures and type, one can record the voices, and one can put the project together.
ISTE Standards – Creativity and Innovation- (a) The students will use their knowledge of the subject to assist them in their projects.
Communication and Collaboration- (a,b)- Since this is a group activity, students will work together in order to put the project together correctly.
PowerPoint: This tool will come in handy with students that are either on level, tactile, or both. These presentations are informative and interactive. Videos, animated graphics, and music threads can be added. This tool can used to differentiate assignments for all learning levels because of the video and audio capabilities. Students can learn through these aspects.
ISTE Standards – Creativity and Innovation- (a) This tool is excellent for giving students a chance to be creative.
Communication and Collaboration- Along with being individually creative, the students the students can be creative collectively by offering different opinions and ideas for the completion and presentation of the project.
Webcam Video: This technology tool is probably the most fun and interactive one to utilize. In my opinion, the lowest level students would enjoy working with this because they could express themselves comfortably. They will learn facts about the subject matter. Some students learn by memorizing facts in the form of tunes and video streams. The impact of this is that the students can learn in more ways than just reading or listening to lecture. The different learning levels can use this in assignments with one group writing the lyrics, one group can record the material, and one can put the video together as a presentation.
ISTE Standards – Creativity and Innovation- (a) This gives students a chance to use a tune from another song and add their own lyrics.
Community and Collaboration- (a,b) Like the other two tools, students gain a better understanding of projects when they work together and share each other’s input.
Pros and Cons
As educators, we praise having technology at our disposal. We must also accept the duty of recognizing the minuses of having it. Of course, having technology available opens doors to new information and experiences. In the article The 6 Pros and Cons of Technology in your Classroom, Jean Montano states that “students can learn life skills through technology” (Montano, 2015). This is evident when they utilize rules and guides for whatever course they’re taking. That’s one of the good points along with the era we live in tech rich. When we uncover the bad points, we find that students can use the web to defraud any school work. Many people think that the web is distracting. Also, for example, as good PowerPoint is, people feel that ”PowerPoint based lectures tell you nothing about student learning” (UCF, 2015). The instructor should weigh both pros and cons and make a decision. Some of these tools are useful guides and shouldn’t be the lone means of differentiating.
Our world is fast paced and steadily moving. With technology readily available, we can take advantage of what it has to offer. First, as stated before, we must weigh out the pros and cons and that will help us to decide which media device to use and its frequency. Differentiation is an excellent way of testing devices and websites for how we equip our students for this ever changing world.
Montano, J. (2015, March 6). The 6 Pros and Cons of Technology in Your Classroom. Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://blog.tophat.com/6-pros-cons-using-technology-classroom/
Safritry, T. (n.d.). Teacher’s Perspectives and Practices in Applying Technology to Enhance Learning in the Classroom. Retrieved September 25, 2015, from http://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jet/article/view/4356