Digital Differentiation with Google Tools
First Things First: Differentiation Basics
There are 3 basic ways to differentiate for learners:
- Content: What you want students to know, understand, and do
- Process: How students engage with the content to build understanding
- Product: What students create to demonstrate their understanding
Getting Started: Differentiate with Google Tools
Our staff brainstormed this list of ideas during a PD session to experience the collaborative nature of Google Docs and share ideas across all content areas. We started with a blank document and let teachers add where they felt comfortable to model differentiation and choice for them.
Big Idea #1: Choice Boards
Let students choose content, process and/or product from a menu. This can be done in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, or Drawing!
- Read/Write/Math Choice Board
- Words Their Way Choice Board (students use iPads)
- Industrial Age Tic Tac Toe Board
- Quadratics Review Menu in Google Slides
- RTI Group Contract Choice Board
- New Teacher Scavenger Hunt
Big Idea #2: Group Students
Pre-assess with programs like Kahoot, Poll Everywhere, etc. and group by academic ability on a given topic (remember, groups are always fluid).
Group by interest/topic/learning style/skill
Big Idea #3: Branching Forms with Logic
Use student responses to Google Form to skip/advance questions. Forms can have embedded videos, images, and/or tutorials inside the form for remediation. Use data validation to require correct answers before moving on or submitting.