e-Learning for Educators
Course participants will explore creative teaching strategies and assessments that support differentiated instruction. Participants will investigate and explore the principals of DI (Differentiated Instruction) and become familiar with strategies for managing a DI classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to implement some of the strategies within the classrooms and discuss pros and cons with other learners.
* Participants must employed full-time in a school setting as they will implement course strategies with students.
This workshop is designed to assist K – 12 teachers in effectively adapting lessons to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. Participants will explore creative teaching strategies and assessments that support differentiated instruction and become familiar with strategies for managing a DI classroom. Teachers are encouraged to try some of the strategies in their classroom and discuss pros and cons with other learners in weekly discussions. As a final project participants will complete one of the following: 1) a technology rich lesson plan for differentiating instruction for two specific students, 2) a detailed reflective journal around three student learners using differentiated instruction, or 3) a documentary of the implementation of differentiated instruction using digital pictures and/ or video accompanied with detailed explanations of the process.
By the end of this course, participants will understand:
1. principals of differentiated instruction,
2. factors of understanding your students,
3. strategies for managing a differentiated classroom,
4. strategies that support differentiated instruction,
5. how to develop assessments supporting differentiated instruction, and
6. how to develop final products that incorporate differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of specific learners.
Regular computer access, using email, browsing the Internet, and saving documents to your computer are required for success in this course.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions plus an Orientation Session each of which includes readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
Elements of Differentiated Instruction
Getting to Know Your Students
Management Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
Instructional Strategies that Support Differentiated Instruction
Varying Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom
Differentiated Instruction in Action: Final Project
Orientation Quiz: Participants will complete and Orientation Quiz during the Orientation Session. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to obtain the expected 90% accuracy.
Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.
Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.
Certificate Of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Differentiating Instruction, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University or West Virginia State University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Content And Technology Standards
This workshop, Differentiating Instruction, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V. For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org
In addition, participants will identify specific WV Next Generation Standards -NxG (http://wveis.k12.wv.us/Teach21/public/ng_cso/NG_CSO.cfm) or WV Content Standards and Objectives -CSOs (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.
About This Course
This workshop was developed by the Mississippi Department of Education and modified by the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.
Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.