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Published on March 9, 2014

Author: ChristineEsposito



Differentiation is essential in today's classroom. Google Apps makes it easier. Learn how to use Google Apps and other technology to support differentiation in your classroom. Whether it's Docs for writer's workshop, Forms for assessment, Sheets for collecting and analyzing data, Blogger for student or teacher blogs, or Genius Hour, Google has an app for that. These tools and ideas can be adapted and used in almost any content area.

Using Google Apps to Support Differentiation Christine Esposito Charlottesville City Schools

What differentiation is According to Carol Tomlinson, differentiation is “a sequence of common sense decisions made by teachers with a student first orientation” Definition from: http://caroltomlinson. com/Presentations/Amherst_Secondary.pdf

What is differentiation, continued It’s making sure each student learns what he or she should learn by establishing clear goals, assessing persistently to see where each student is relative to the goals, and adjusting instruction based on assessment information so that each student can learn as much as possible as efficiently as possible

Differentiate content, process or product for readiness, interest or learning profile Tomlinson, Carol Ann and Marcia B. Imbeau. “Understanding Differentiation in Order to Lead.” Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom. Alexandria: ASCD, 2010. 18. Print.

What differentiation is NOT It is not a set of strategies. It is a way of thinking about teaching and learning. Google Apps adds another layer in changing how you think about teaching and learning.

Creating Groups for Sharing Docs ● Use contacts to create groups ○ Add students to as many groups as you want - by class, reading group, writing group, etc. Share documents by group name rather than individual student names. Groups are easily changed. ○ Ebadi, Suu Kyi, and Sirleaf are class names ○ JL #1, JL#2, and Raz-Kids are reading group names and go across classes

Docs ● ● ● ● Weekly Assignment Sheets Hint Cards Task Cards Collaborative Writing Groups*,Planning Documents ● Anchor Activities ○ RAFTs and Choice Boards ● Choose “Publish to Web” to embed in websites ● Your ideas

Google Forms ● Embed into websites ● Student surveys ○ Use to find out preferences, strengths, weaknesses ● Parent surveys ○ I also send home paper copies as needed so that I have info from all parents. ● Clinic sign-up ○ Teacher offered or student requested clinics for

More Google Forms ● Project check-in ○ Responses - these responses make it much easier to give students exactly what they need ● Quizzes - Flubaroo is a must! ● Reading logs ○ These serve as the basis for reading conferences ● Exit slips of almost any kind ● Your ideas

Sheets ● Use spreadsheets to sort data to facilitate grouping students. ○ Data “Wall” ○ Student profile cards ● Analyzing data ○ What makes a perfect school? ● Your ideas

Blogging ● Class blog: assign students to update daily ● Teacher blog ○ One-stop for all class-related information ○ Curation space for ■ Anchor charts no longer being displayed ■ Hint and task cards, anchor activities ■ Assessments, Videos, Assignments ● Individual blogs ○ book reviews, current events, student choice ○ Student who volunteered as tribute ● Your ideas

Sites ● Genius hour projects ○ Basketball videos to help younger students improve their game ● ● ● ● Class website Curation space Filing cabinet for differentiated activities * Your ideas

Additional uses for Google Apps ● Calendar ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Expert of the day Assignment calendar Small group schedules “Clinic” dates Use YouCanBook.Me for student or parent conferences ● Draw or Presentation ○ Collaborative projects ○ Students create a postcard ● Your ideas

Genius Hour or 20% Time During these projects, students have used: ● Docs - for planning their project ● Sheets - for analyzing collected data ● Forms - creating surveys ● Draw - making prototypes ● Sites - to share their information ● Blogs - reflecting on the process

Contact Information Twitter: ● Personal: @EspoLearns ● Class account: @WalkerMLCottage

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