Using Social Media to Differentiate Instruction

Very informative post on using social media as a tool to support differentiation in our classrooms.

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According to the authors:

Differentiating with social media is most effective when we plan learning experiences based on content, process, and product (our lesson structure) and incorporate readinessinterests, and learning profiles (student voice). The following guidelines can help any classroom teacher ensure that the tool used will address students’ needs:

  1. Be clear about the academic learning outcomes.
  2. Assess what students know and don’t know.
  3. Identify related student background connections.
  4. Utilize social networks that can:
    • Address needs for struggling learners
    • Ensure that advanced learners are growing.
  5. Use fog-free assessments that track learner progress.

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