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You provide some good information about differentiation and bringing technology into the classroom. As a high school teacher, I can relate to differentiated instruction and the importance of meeting needs of all learners. I use both cooperative learning and project-based learning, but do not always see students choosing an area they are most comfortable with. I like students to work outside of their comfort zone and develop the important 21st century skills society expects of them. The technology you discussed sounds very beneficial to the classroom teacher and the way a teacher can differentiate instruction through the e-Learning feature. Advances in pedagogy are accepted and implemented by many educators, but technology still lags behind and is slow to implement. Technological advances are not slowing down in society, so maybe it is time for school's to invest more in technology so students can be better prepared to enter the workforce. Technology is a win-win for both the education system and the student.

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Thank you Ben for promoting the idea of automatic DI. As a classroom teacher, I used technology to create an “All Access Classroom” meaning I used it to provide learners with multiple ways to access, process and produce information to meet their learning needs. For example, there was always more than one-way to “read” text or more than one way to “report” on a topic. However, to create this level of automaticity requires intentional design. Just as my car has an "automatic transmission", I recognize the gears don't shift without a lot going on under the hood. The same applies to cooperative learning and project based learning. To create automatic differentiation requires intentional design. If we just have students work “cooperatively” on a task without them understanding what this looks like and sounds like, it often results in one or two students dominating or students always assuming the same roles. Teaching students how to work in cooperative groups and (self) assessing those skills will help students recognize and understand their strengths and needs and apply this understanding to cooperative group work. The same is true for project-based learning. I don’t believe “The students automatically choose methods and learning strategies that coincide with their needs and interests” without explicit instruction, candid conversations and self-reflection. In Universal Design for Learning, the goal is for students to develop metacognition: to become self-reflective thinkers that understand how they learn; who can then work cooperatively and productively with others.
In any classroom I believe there are two additional learning goals beyond planning what students will “Know, Understand and Do”. They are Connect (How will students help build, and work within, a community of learners?) and, Reflect (How will students develop metacognition?) As students better understand themselves as a learner within a supportive community of learners, then cooperative learning and project based learning can be effective vehicles to support automatic differentiated instruction.

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Great post, Ben. Love your

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Great post, Ben. Love your "Turning to Technology" section. The advent of mobile devices and adaptive, personalized learning technology has really opened the doors for educators.

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I really like the thoughts of

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I really like the thoughts of turning to technology and using project based learning. I am getting to learn more about technology and with math. I taught science last year so the type of programs I used last year is different from what I am using this year. We use a tablet called MobiView that I am not comfortable with using yet but I am sure once I get the hang of it I will become more comfortable.

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