The Differentiator has been re-written from scratch with more power and flexibility, plus a clean new look. Experiment to create differentiated objectives for students of all levels. Plus, it works great on an iPad now!
In this edition of sAppurday, we’ll look at Paper, a beautiful writing and drawing app. As soon as I started doodling with Paper, I immediately wanted to use it in class as on the overhead. The problem, of course, is how to get the iPad screen onto my LCD projector. I’ll show you how I accomplished it.
In several of my presentations, I use images taken from movies. When discussing writing, I use several screenshots from Finding Nemo, for example, to illustrate the plot’s structure. Every time I present, several people ask how I got the images, so here’s the answer…
Ever since, I’ve used Morris’ idea, and played the theme from The Andy Griffith Show as a cue for students to return to their seats. These musical transitions have saved my voice years of wear and tear. Here are some of the ways I’ve been getting music into my classroom
I combined my utility Paragraphy with Project Gutenberg, The Differentiator, and The Wizard Of Oz to create a differentiated lesson about how to order sentences within a paragraph for gifted students.
After students complete a district test, many teachers receive access to data-rich spreadsheets detailing student performance across standards. The problem is, it takes a bit of work to group students based on these standards. Since in a former life I was a computer programmer, I created a utility to automatically group students from these spreadsheets: The Student Grouper.
After writing an earlier article about differentiating objectives for gifted learners, I decided to create a system that would help me keep track of all my options.
And so, The Differentiator was born!
The California Gifted Standards define novelty as “unique and original expressions of student understanding.” Are you providing this for your gifted students? Here’s a way to incorporate music, group collaboration, and literary response.