Stick Pick

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Stick Pick is an iPhone/iPad app with great potential as a teacher tool. The teacher can add one or more classes within the app. To each class, the teacher adds individual student names, determining the type and level of questioning to use for each student from the following categories: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, or ESL. Once all students are entered, their sticks appear in a cup from which the teacher can randomly or purposefully choose names. As each student is chosen, a list of question stems from their particular assigned level appears on the screen. This is a wonderful way for teachers to customize impromptu questions based on ability.

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Producer’s Toolbox

Created by Kim Ball, a teacher of Gifted and Talented students in San Antonio’s North East Independent School District, The Producer’s Toolbox is a great resource for anyone, teacher or student, who is interested in creating multimedia presentations.  It has links to video, audio, and research sites, as well as other fun extras.

Weebly

Weebly is a site specifically designed for students to create their own websites.  It will host their sites for free, and is extremely user-friendly.  Ideas for differentiation with this site?

  1. Teachers can create their own websites on the site, designing different pages with different assignments for students based on ability levels or multiple intelligences.  This could be an alternative to a menu or tic-tac-toe board.
  2. Students can create their own websites as final products for independent studies based on rubrics.

 

 

 

Math Pickle

I haven’t had a chance to try this one with students, yet, but it shows great promise.  With videos of different math challenges and supporting resources for K-12, this site has great potential for allowing students to do some independent critical thinking.

Extend-A-Menu

This is an invaluable tool for teachers to help with differentiation for all levels.  If you click on the “Demo” at the top, you can create your own menu using “The Differentiator”.  You do not need to pay to use the demo, but there is a $20 subscription service that allows you to save your menus online.  These are brought to you by www.byrdseed.com.

 

Hello World!

Welcome to Engage Their Minds.  This blog is designed for teachers who would like to differentiate for their students in new, unique ways.  Although particularly suited for Gifted and Talented students, Engage Their Minds will have many recommendations that can be modified to use with students of many abilities.  Please feel free to give your own suggestions!

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