ICT is an ideal tool when it comes to differentiation. Determining a student's level, checking short tests, and the use of videos, can save time, or create a quick overview of students' abilities. ICT can be used for a great number of things, also in differentation. The three main options are discussed below.
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A bit faster than I expected, but since I had the material ready, and a few hours to spare, I managed to put some free content online already. The material is in English, but designed for Dutch students. This means some English words are translated into Dutch inbetween brackets, but that shouldn't affect students using the website too much.
Now featured on my website are two 'online learning environment'. I created them on Weebly, with use of several ICT-tools (e.g. Quizlet, Google Forms, PlayPosit, and Educaplay).
The first website is very simple: It allows students to practise irregular verbs in English. It's nothing fancy, but there are four levels (differentiation without making an effort, who doesn't want that?), and the puzzles that are on each page really spark enthusiasm and competitiveness.
The second website, my personal favourite, is based on Content and Language Integrated Learning. It's about online safety, but simultaneously offers English grammar and vocabulary. The website discusses safety on social media, but also safe passwords, and the fact that once something's online, it never fully disappears (or so they say). My students loved working with the website and they were very positive in the survey that's also on the website.
Please do keep in mind that the puzzles featured on the websites are on my accounts. The students' answers, therefore, are not retrievable. Neither by you, nor by your students. If you want to keep track of your students answers on open-ended questions, ask them to write it in a document instead of on the website. I will not release or publish any personal information, not even even requested by a fellow teachers, because of privacy.
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A DIFFERENT DIRECTION
I don't know if you've noticed, but you probably haven't heard from me in a while. Several people sent me emails asking if my website was still up to date, and if any new blogs would appear soon. This was quite a difficult question to answer, given I had no idea yet...
Let me lay out the problem for you. Since, let's say, half a year, the amount of visitors of my website increased significantly. This didn't only mean I received more emails about advice ICT tools, but also about giving lectures, teaching workshops, and a lot of tool creators asked me if I would place adverts of their tools on my website.
This got me thinking. Let me reassure you, that none of the information on my website is paid for, and nor will it without informing you. I receive no financial aids from sponsors, so the created material has no hidden agenda. My sole aim with Today's Teaching Tools is to help colleagues all over the globe, and inspire teachers to improve their lessons (with the use of ICT).
But what has changed?
So far, not much has changed. The ICT-tools are still up to date, my flowchart works the way it should, and I still teach workshops and give lectures. What has changed is the position of the blogs on my website (ha, try to find them!), and how frequent I post blogs on ICT tools (no longer weekly...). My website now also features a search bar (very handy when you need some information on a tool or if you're looking for a certain concept), and soon I will be posting different kind of content on my website, too. Apart from that, I now run GepersonaliseerdOnderwijs.nl (for speakers of Dutch). The main focus of this website remains the ICT tools, but I am going to focus more on didactics, creating online content, and instructional documents to help you make very good use of ICT. More coming soon (or later, depending on my schedule...).
What to expect?
This mailinglist will still exist, but mostly for updates about my website, and sometimes an ICT tool. I promise I won't spam you often, but if you want to unsubscribe, you can let me know.
For now, enjoy your Sunday and you'll hopefully hear from me soon!