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Learning Technologies Bulletin 9: Differentiation in Learning (Science and Mathematics)

This bulletin examines the applicability of ICT tools to classroom practices and focuses on differentiation for the Mathematics and Science classrooms.

  Implications ICT Tools & Exemplars
Product Students are able to demonstrate evidence of learning in different ways/format to demonstrate creativity and critical thinking skills.

The use of websites as a form of Portfolio or documentation for learning such as Google site or Wix with exemplars Chemistry Resources (teacher’s site)and Mathematics Portfolio (Students’ site)

Possible ApplicationTechnological tools allow for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable. E.g. websites, videos, animation etc, which demonstrates students’ creativity and critical thinking skills.

 

Applications in context of RGS: Making Art with Equations Task and Year 2 Chemistry- Creation of Animation Assessment

  Implications ICT Tools & Exemplars
Process The process of how the material is covered varies according to differences in learning styles, abilities and interests.

Simple web-page creation tools such as Google site and Wix. One example is this (a student’s   work ). Students can choose to present their learning according to their desired style and designs.

Possible ApplicationTechnological tools provide substitutes for conventional instructional methods, allowing more flexible variations in speed/mode/sequence of content coverage.

 

Applications in context of RGS:

Lower Secondary Science – Online Journal.

Year 4 Chemistry – Rate of Reaction Animation – Plotting a graph of speed of reaction from particles’ interaction.

  Implications ICT Tools & Exemplars
Content The content of lessons may be differentiated based on what students already know. Additional Notes and Quizzes for higher ability students on Edmodo by assigning specific students to access the tasks.

Possible ApplicationTechnological tools allow for the simultaneous provision of a range of material that caters to different levels of readiness within a classroom.

 

Applications in context of RGS:

Upper Secondary Chemistry – Enrichment notes to stretch high ability learners further. Site: http://www.ausetute.com.au/equicons.html

http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/chemistry/chemical_equilibrium/quiz6088.html

We hope that you will find the information helpful.

 

Posted byChristopher Foo, Fan Wenying and Pamela Ng

Learning Technologies Team (LTT)

Raffles Girls’ School


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