ERIC Number: ED484743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 10
Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: What Teachers Can Do. Knowledge Brief
Wahl, Lisa; Duffield, Julie
With "No Child Left Behind (NCLB)" holding schools accountable for how all students learn, schools and their teachers must ensure that every student has access to the standard curriculum. Publishers, researchers, and other curriculum developers are working to create curricular materials that meet the needs of a diverse student population, but it will be some years before these are available in all classrooms. Meanwhile, teachers do not have time to wait. They must act now to meet the needs of mixed ability classrooms, and many are turning to differentiated instruction. Some common classroom technology can support them in this effort. Many of the technology resources that most schools already have at hand can be used to facilitate this kind of tailored instruction. Simple graphics software and word processors, as well as resources and tools found on the Internet, offer students a variety of ways to access content, work with information to develop understanding, and demonstrate what they know. Yet the power of this readily accessible technology may not be obvious to all teachers or to those at the site or district level who make decisions about allocating technology, professional development, and other resources. They may be familiar with some low-tech strategies for enhancing learning, such as books on tape, highlighting, worksheets, writing templates, and making diagrams, charts, or tables, but not realize that such strategies can be improved with the use of existing digital technology. This brief explains how.
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Word Processing, Student Diversity, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Instructional Materials, Internet, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.