Differentiate Instruction & Other Links

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Many Thanks to all who have participated in the District 205 Technology Surveys!  If you have not already done so, please click here to find the appropriate link.

SMART Board Lessons for all! Witchita Public Schools has developed a vast library of SMART Board Lesson Resources organized by grade clusters, many of which include Senteo/Response question sets!  Many thanks to Leanne Hinton of King Elementary School for pointing us toward this site.

Here are some links to help you differentiate instruction in your classroom!

The Differentiator is a slick little web site that will help you write differentiated objectives based on Bloom's Taxonomy for students in your classroom. Click the "Need Help" link in the upper right-hand corner for a quick tutorial video on how the site works.

Enhance Learning By Differentiating Instruction - great web site with an overview of differentiated instruction theory and methods.

Differentiated Instruction from CAST - the Center for Applied Special Technogy

Mix It Up - a great web site by Jan Leonard of Two Rivers Professional Development Center

Help 4 Teachers by Dr. Kathie Nunley

Rubric Generators: A checklist is NOT a rubric!  Rubrics have descriptors of student performance and characteristics of student work.  They are extremely valuable for students, but teachers tend to avoid them because they can be a bit time-consuming to create.  No more excuses! Here are two sites that can help make rubric creation simple:

The Human Footprint: Here's a great video - The Human Footprint, by National Geographic, hosted by SnagFlims

Music EdTech Resources:  Music Teachers - here are a few nice sites to help you integrate technology into a Music Ed class

  • Noteflight - online composing, publishing and sharing of your work!

  • Myna Online Audio Editor from Aviary allows you and your students to remix audio files into unique works of art.

  • Audacity allows you to record voice and/or sound, layer tracks, and export to mp3 or WAV formats. (My personal fave for recording podcasts!)

  • Amy Burns’ Elementary Music Tech Blog - with a link to her 100 Best Music Ed Blogs!

  • Soundsabound – royalty-free music designed specifically for educational uses. 

    • Please remember: “Royalty-Free” DOES NOT mean “Copyright-free.”  You should still cite the artist’s work when using this or any royalty-free resources (music, photo, video, etc.)



  • National Public Radio’s Jazz and Blues Page – need I say more?

  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids has some very cute interactive resources for elementary kids, as well as a lesson plan library for teachers!

  • iNudge is an online music generator that lets kids create sounds and rhythms.

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