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The Teacher’s Guide to Digital Choice Boards: Empower and Engage Students!

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Kasey Bell  
Give your students choice in their learning through interactive learning menus and choice boards. In this session, we will explore examples of learning menus and choice boards, talk about instructional design techniques, how to differentiate, tips and tricks, and participants will walk away with tons of free templates!

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to show educators how choice boards can help us differentiate and give students voice and choice in their learning.
Choice Boards are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities. They can be created using a variety of tools, and used with any subject area and any grade level.
This session will focus on how to use instructional design principals to create
learning menus that are aligned to your learning goals and differentiate learning.
We will look at many examples and templates, discuss best practices, tips,
and digital tools for design and implementation.


I. Introduction and Overview

II. Defining Differentiation and Learning Menus
III. Learning Menu Styles
A. Tic-Tac-Toe
- How to design, create, tips, examples and templates
B. Choose Your Own Adventure
- How to design, create, tips, examples and templates
C. Restaurant Style Menus
- How to design, create, tips, examples and templates
D. Other Types of Menus
- How to design, create, tips, examples and templates
IV. Grading/Rubrics
V. Best Practices/Tips
Wrap Up, Questions

Supporting research

"The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners" by Carol Ann Tomlinson

"Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design:Connecting Content and Kids" by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe

"Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static toDynamic" by Kasey Bell

"Blended Learning with Google: Your Guide to Dynamic Teaching and Learning" by Kasey Bell

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Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning LLC

Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach at Shake Up Learning. She is also an international speaker, author of Blended Learning with Google, Google A to Z, and Shake Up Learning, blogger at, and host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast.

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