Inquiry Group Readings: #diydifferentiation (Week 8 Tuesday)

The other app I was exploring was Thinglink for our differentiated instruction tools. It is a great user friendly app that enables students and teacher to make interactive images and posters. Even though it is advertised as free, the free version provides very limited access (just a warning). But the tool itself seemed to be…

Inquiry Group: #diydifferentiation (Week 8 Tuesday)

I totally fell in love with Zaption as a DI tool. I love videos because it compliments my lectures very well. However most videos could get boring because of the lack of interaction. Students can become disinterested very quickly and tune out or fall asleep during a video. Zaption allows teachers to build interactive videos…

Week 8 Readings (Thursday)

All of the readings this week seem to focus on online privacy and safety issues for younger kids. The whole dynamic of socialization have changed so much in the last decade or so and kids nowadays meet more friends online than in person. According the Pew Research article Teens, Technology and Friendships, from the surveyed…

Inquiry Group: #diydifferentiation (Week 8 Tuesday)

I have become addicted to read about differentiated instruction since I started reading about it. I was especially interested in reading about DI strategies in higher education since that’s my field of work and I came across this great research article Examining differentiated instruction: Teachers respond by Brenda Logan that shed light on some great…

Week 7 Readings (Thursday)

The quote that got me thinking in this week’s reading was “Personalized learning is, somewhat ironically, far more socialist than it may first appear” in the article “Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?” by Danah Boyd. We always here the complaints about how rude it is to be on the phone or a…

Inquiry Group: #diydifferentiation (Week 7 Tuesday)

When I first heard the phrase differentiated instruction I was skeptical about it because we always talk about equity. The more I read about it I realized how I used differentiated tactics in my classroom to accommodate different learning styles without really knowing it was called differentiated instruction. I have used flexible grouping, multiple modes…

Book Circle Presentation and Final thoughts: #Selfie566 (Week 6 Thursday)

In Chapter 2 of the “Teaching in the Connected Classroom” book, it discusses peer supported learning and how it can be used with technology in education. Perfect example of this is our book circle project. It forced us to develop equity by sharing the workload, social connections by effectively communicating with our peers and participation…

Week 6 Readings (Tuesday)

“Teaching in the Connected Classroom” reading puts everything we learned in this class into perspective. Since I have not used a lot of technology in my own classroom before, the case studies discussed in the book are very helpful to solidify the importance of technology for classroom learning. Especially, since it points out how technology…