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Explore, Play, Share! 25 Differentiated Tech Tools for Your Learners

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Participate and share : Poster

Thursday, December 3, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jamie Saponaro  
Raise your hand if you're overwhelmed with the multitude of edtech tools out there. Which would be best for your learners? Check out a portal of differentiated resources, sorted by learning style, then explore, evaluate and share with participants! Join in some fun, collaborative learning.....maybe win some prizes too!

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC
Tablet: iOS, Windows, Android
Participant accounts, software and other materials: For mobile devices, an app can be downloaded for easy access to all content and resources.
iOS -
Google Play -
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.
Related exhibitors:
, Microsoft Corporation
, ClassLink
, Edpuzzle
, Book Creator

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The workshop goals consist of:
1) Differentiated instruction with respect to content, process, and product and how learning styles play a role.

2) The process of exploring, discussing, and evaluating free educational technology tools in a meaningful and purposeful way that benefit students based on how they learn as well as offering them choice in the tools they use to construct knowledge and show their understanding. Some of the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic tools that are highlighted include Make Beliefs Comix, Voki, FlipGrid, EdPuzzle, SeeSaw, Fakebook and many more.

3) Modeling the instructional strategy of cooperative learning and small group instruction as the framework of the workshop to promote collaboration and communication in the classroom in a structured way that promotes individual accountability and ownership of student learning.


Part A
Overview of what differentiated instruction is and how learning styles play a role.
(10 minutes)

Part B
Reflection of what participant's own Learning Styles may be, sharing in teams of 3. Brief overview of digital tools, sorted by learning style.
(10 minutes)

Part C
Participants will then be assigned "Learning Style Roles" and:
1) Explore the differentiated technology tools, independently and take note of tools of interest.
(5 Minutes)
2) Report to their Jigsaw Expert Group.
3) Examine, test, evaluate and discuss the DI tech tools that were of interest, based on meaningfulness and quality.
4) Come to consensus on the top 3 DI tech tools.
5) Record in their designated Google Slide, the:
-NAME of the tool
-Its URL
-An EXPLANATION of the tool
(15 Minutes)

6) Report back to their original team to use Roundtable to share about their Top 3 List and discuss the reasoning for their consensus choices.
(15 Minutes)

Part D
Share as a whole and debrief workshop goals of differentiated instruction, meaningfully selected educational technology tools, and the instructional strategy of cooperative learning as the framework.
(5 minutes)

(Timeframe to be adjusted if need be.)

Supporting research

The Differentiated Classroom - Responding to the Needs of All Learners - by, Carol Ann Tomlinson

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction - ASCD

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Jamie Saponaro, InTECHgration

Jamie Meola Saponaro established InTECHgration Consulting as its founder in 2002. She is a former elementary and middle school teacher, having taught in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. After having been in the classroom, Jamie then transitioned to becoming a District Technology Coordinator. Currently, as an instructional strategies consultant and educational technology trainer, Jamie provides professional development through coaching and mentoring and facilitating engaging, hands-on workshops to teachers. She is also the author of the book Creative Projects Using Popular Computer Applications and a podcaster on her educational podcast through ClassLink, LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education.

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