Session 2 is Differentiated Instruction in Tech Training
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Before you can begin to differentiate, you need to know lots of info about who are dealing with. Before the training, do a registration (KeepCertified or Google Event) so you know who is coming and allows you to target audience.
Methods to differentiate –
1. Content: by skill level (ability to learn new tech skills), difficulty (ease & existing knowledge), and format (learning styles).
2. Process: by instruction method (method of gaining knowledge), time (length and frequency of session, and focus (amount and variety of topics).
3. Product: by knowledge (information they didn’t know before), inspiration (desire and idea of how to apply new info), lesson content (tangible content), and skill (ability to continue applying new knowledge without help
Examples of Training –
1. Summer Academy: Two weeks of hands-on workshop during summer break, 3 hr. sessions w/direct/Inquiry based instruction, lecture/practice, single topic/in-depth, credits are CEU’s/pay. Pros: hands-on, produce lesson material, grouped by skill level. Cons: Summer vacation.
2. Online Course: self paced virtual course covering a variety of tech tools, 8 hours (1 hour/unit), inquiry/cooperative, multimedia format, multiple topics/in-depth, credits via CEU/pay. Pros: hands on, teachers chose units based on interest. Cons: learning online new to most; struggled w/lack of immediate support.
3. Before/After School: brief tech trainings outside of school hours but w/in work day, 30min-1 hour, direct instruction, lecture/multimedia format, focus is tech 101, tech & treats, “Speed Geeking”, CEU Credits. Pro: small commitment, Con: Schedule conflicts.
4. Staff Development Days: short sessions about on-demand topics integrated into mandatory days, 1 hour sessions, direct instruction, lecture format, one topic/brief review or Q&A focus, CEU Credit. Pro: good attendance; Con: wide range of skill level & existing knowledge
5. By Request: staff-initiated or small group, as long as needed, direct instruction, lecture format, one topic focus, no credit. Pro: individualized; Con: multiple teachers w/same question.
6. Mentoring: 1:1 training w/purpose of improving ovall tech skills. 1 hour sessions, weekly/semi-weekly, direct instruction, lecture format, focus varies, no credit. Pro: individualized; Cons: Time consuming for trainers.
7. Self-help: tech support wiki/Atomic learning videos. Inquiry/direct Instruction, format in multimedia texts/screencasts, varied focus. Pros: immediate/individualized answers. Cons: only as effective as the teachers digital literacy skills.
8. User Group: casual gathering of staff interested in a specific topic, 1 hour/quarterly, cooperative instruction, discussion/lecture format, varied focus, no credit. Pro: share experiences w/other teachers; Con: teachers don’t think they are doing anything worth sharing.
Post-session Survey – What did you learn, what did you like/dislike, was the format effective, suggestions for improvement. (Written surey, google form, discussion, PollEverywhere
Follow-up – Go back to staff at a later date & ask: Are you using what you learned? Do you need more help? What else do you want to learn about?