Thursday, September 18, 2014

Differentiated vs. Individualized vs. Personalized

Do you know the difference between each of these terms and practices? We thought we did until we started having conversations around the country and researching a variety of well-known sources such as the ed.gov, The Center for Digital Education, and Barbara Bray.  

This article from ISTE highlights the confusion many feel. Below is one way to define and apply these practices using Classworks. 

How are you defining and applying them in your class? 

Differentiation
Definition: Instruction is delivered flexibly with variations in content, process, product, and environment based on the learning preferences and/or readiness of different learners. Learning goals are the same for all students, but the method or approach of instruction varies.

Example: Students are grouped based on learning styles so teachers can introduce or practice skills in a more responsive manner.  

Application Idea: Allow students to listen to an Integrated Reading passage on their own, or work in pairs to read the passage aloud. 

Individualization
Definition: Instruction that is paced to the learning needs of different learners.

Example: Students might take longer to progress through a given topic, skip topics that cover information they already know, or repeat topics they need more help on.

Application Idea: Diagnose, prescribe, and implement a customized assignment using the Universal Screener or Summative Benchmark  assessments to easily create an Individualized Learning Path. 

Personalization
Definition: Instruction is student driven. It is paced to learning needs, tailored to the specific interests of different learners, and to their learning preferences. All of this chosen by the student.

Example: Students are active participants in the learning process and show mastery by demonstrating learning in a method of their choice. 

Application Idea: Have students set a goal specific to a subject area they feel they need to improve in. Assign relevant Classworks units to that student based on that goal. 

Have other application ideas? Tell us how you’re using Classworks to differentiate, individualize, and personalize instruction for your students!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Classworks in Action Fall Contest is Here


Did you know that more than 1 million students use Classworks? Whole class and small group instruction, classroom centers, on interactive white boards, tablets, laptops - these are just some of the ways Classworks is in action in the classroom. 


We want to hear about your experience! Submit a photo or video of Classworks in Action in your classroom with a summary on how it’s making a difference for you. How are you using the new Integrated Reading, student tools, or other instruction in the classroom? How is it benefiting you and your students? How has it changed the way you do things? Tell and show us all about it and you could win, here's how:

For the months of September, October, and November, the five best entries each month will win a $200 Amazon gift card—15 winners! Don’t miss your chance to win – enter each month!

Contest Segments:
September 10 – September 30
October 1 – October 31

November 3 – November 28

Submit your entries and review complete contest rules at action.classworks.com.
View a sample entry here

Plus, see the latest entries and get the scoop on winners early! Follow all of our social media channels for the most up-to-date information. We’ll announce winners on social media first!  

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Announcing 2015 Regional Meeting Dates and Locations

Planning is underway for our 2015 Regional Meetings! In 2014, over 220 educators participated in Classworks regional meetings held in six different cities. You asked, we listened—we’re increasing to eight cities for 2015!

Our free interactive sessions are designed to help you build knowledge and maximize Classworks use in and out of the classroom. Plus, enjoy collaborating with your colleagues on best practices for using our current features, latest enhancements, and upcoming developments (see last year’s agenda). Leave with new ideas, insights, and resources!


“I already loved Classworks. Today's sessions answered many of the questions that I had as well as taught me many new things. I have lots of new ideas to help the students and myself. I look forward to the new and improved activities.“
Heather Phillips
Chatham County School District
This year’s agenda will feature:

  • What’s new—math resources, dashboards, walk thru’s, and more
  • Easily applying emerging ed tech trends
  • New Integrated Reading: how is it being used in the classroom?


2015 dates and locations:   


Sign-up now—don’t miss out on the latest information about registration, session topics, and locations!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Integrated Reading Meets Rigorous Standards

You asked, we delivered. To meet higher student learning expectations, you need on-grade level, rigorous reading activities that promote digital interaction and build comprehension. Classworks Integrated Reading was created to do just that. And, it’s available NOW!  


Designed to provide weekly direct instruction for whole class or small groups, the 36 activities per grade level in grades 1-8 are just what you need:

  • High quality information and literary passages
  • Text-dependent multiple choice questions
  • Open-ended response questions
  • Passages for fluency, both as daily practice and assessment
  • Paired passages
  • Student interaction tools

Take advantage of this new enhancement. Learn how to integrate the activities into your lesson plans, utilize digital tools to build meaning, and gain deeper insight into your students’ thinking by registering for the webinar below:


Classworks New Integrated Reading Activities: An Introduction


View all upcoming Interactive Webinars here.