Middle school is a time of growth and change for students, with each student changing and growing in different ways and at different rates. These students, like the rest of us, have different interests, different backgrounds, and different goals for their lives. Educators have a responsibility to treat and teach them as individuals. Differentiated Instruction (DI) makes this possible, and techlogy makes DI easy, effective, and engaging. Recognizing a need for change in middle school instruction, the authors wrote Differentiating Instruction with Techlogy in Middle School Classrooms to show educators the benefits of combining DI with techlogy, encouraging educators to re-engage students by bringing lessons out of the past and into the student-centered reality of digital-age learning. This book offers an overview of research on the uniqueness of middle school students and illustrates the importance of using techlogy to create differentiated lessons, especially with this age group. It lists the fundamental components of DI, student traits that guide DI, and Web 2.0 resources that can help make DI a reality in the middle school classroom. It also includes sample activities for incorporating DI in multiple subjects: math, science, social studies, and language arts. The strategies and lessons in this book will ensure that students receive a tailored education that also prepares them with the techlogy skills they need for a successful future. This title lists of resources for Web 2.0 tools that support differentiated instruction. There is a chapter on using DI for student assessment. This is a survey of research on middle school students.
Grace E. Smith received a PhD in instructional (educational) technology from Wayne State University. Her experience includes 10 years as a teacher and reading specialist in public and private schools and 11 years as a technology curriculum coordinator and trainer for a school district of 10,000 students. She has also worked as the director of continuing professional education at a business college, as an educational consultant, as a curriculum coordinator and course developer for a Fortune 500 company, and as an adjunct professor at two universities, where she taught writing and technology courses. Stephanie Throne received a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures: Spanish from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has extensive experience in developing online educational materials and was the first instructor at her institution to offer online foreign language classes. She currently works as an author consultant and presents at many conferences, workshops, and webinars. In addition, Throne teaches Spanish, math, reading, and writing for various instructional and private organizations. Throne is the co-author of a forthcoming Spanish text and is an editor and proofreader for several publications.