There are three ways to implement differentiation for student success: modify the content the student learns, modify the process the student uses to obtain the knowledge, or modify the product the student makes as evidence of learning. The Internet offers many avenues for students to reach the content, and the teacher can work with students to modify this content, if a need exists. In my previous post, I discussed some Web tools that facilitate differentiated instruction, but the virtual teacher should also consider the numerous tools, as I discussed in my “Web Tools Overview” post, available to modify product.
Students need choices when completing assignments. Teachers can let students choose which discussion question to answer or which media to use when producing a product. Web tools give students many options to choose from, like video recording, animations, cartoons, and games, and the teacher provide multiple opportunities for students to practice using a range of tools. Although formal essays and summative tests are necessary, punctuating a course with a few projects can foster engagement and allow students to show their creativity and technological skills. More engagement means a deeper level of understanding.
Below is one example of an assignment that uses GoAnimate. One week before this assignment, I would start a Padlet to introduce the writing prompt, so that students have a chance to get their creative juices flowing.
Assignment: Write a script set inside a mad scientist’s evil lair that uses at least one example of each of the different phrases and clauses below. Then use GoAnimate to bring your script to life.
- Absolute phrase
- Appositive phrase
- Preposition phrase
- Participial phrase
- Gerund phrase
- Infinitive phrase
- Adjective clause
- Adverb clause
- Noun clause
Use the Padlet board “Mad Scientist Plots” to get your creative juices flowing, and use the Quizlet flashcard examples and definitions for additional help.
This assignment is worth 100 points: ten points for each phrase or clause and ten points for staying on topic.
Post a link to your video in the discussion board, and, in your post, label each example of the phrase or clause.