Monday, February 20, 2012

Differentiation - tools, tips and resources

Differentiation is an important aspect of education. Students learn differently, have different needs, different backgrounds, different skills, different ability levels, different interests and more. As educators, we try to create engaging lesson activities that provide a variety of learning experiences and allow students to demonstrate their learning in different ways.

Differentiation should occur in both how students learn and gain knowledge and skills, and in how they demonstrate and are assessed on what they have learned.  

“In the practice of education, differentiation is defined as working to address the abilities, interests, and needs (both perceived and real) of individuals. Differentiation provides students with opportunities to approach curriculum from their strengths, as varied as these might be.” (Sondergeld and Schultz, 2008).  

Here are some resources, tips, and tools on differentiation:

Digital Differentiation - ideas and tools for differentiating with digital resources

Tools for Differentiation - helping teachers meet the needs of all learners

Differentiating with Web 2.0 Technologies

Great LiveBinder on Differentiation for High Ability Users


Sondergeld, T. A., & Schultz, R. A. (2008). Science, standards, and differentiation: It really can be fun! Gifted Child Today,31(1), 34-40. Retrieved from


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